Smithfield-Selma (3-6, 2-1) at Corinth Holders (6-3, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
What it means: Smithfield-Selma is in this conference championship race. The Spartans can win their way to a share of the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship by winning out. SSS faces Corinth Holders and South Johnston in its last two games and both are good matchups for the Spartans. Good in the sense that you can’t write off SSS’s chances to win before the game begins.
Corinth Holders’ championship hopes were renewed with the big win over Cleveland last week. The Pirates are two wins and just one South Johnston loss away from getting a share of that championship.
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The skinny: Corinth Holders will need one of its best offensive efforts of the season to prevail. And that doesn’t necessarily mean just a bunch of points. SSS is a physical, well-coached, well-skilled and stingy defense. That said, you’d have to think that the Spartans need to find another touchdown or two above their normal average to have their best chance to win.
Rolesville (0-9, 0-5) at Knightdale (3-6, 1-4), 7 p.m.
What it means: There’s not much on the line here for the bottom two teams in the Greater Neuse – other than a chance for Knightdale to lift the embargo Garner placed on its running game last week and for Rolesville to try again for its first win of the season. The Rams are coming off their closest attempt at that feat of the season, a 44-40 loss to Harnett Central.
The skinny: Garner, after trailing the Knights 6-0 at halftime last week, held Knightdale’s committee of running backs to just six yards on 23 carries. That game aside, the Knights have had considerable success running the ball, and on the defensive end of the ball this season. If they can get those two aspects clicking again, they should run away with a win.
East Wake (7-2, 4-1) at Harnett Central (3-6, 2-3), 7 p.m.
What it means: East Wake is likely to be going through the motions in this one, and hoping Southeast Raleigh can pull off a miracle at Garner at the same time. That would create a tie atop the conference standings.
The skinny: Harnett Central played Clayton to within three points and Southeast to within five, losing both games, however. It’s no time for the Warriors to let off the gas in their quest to finish second in the league and possibly host a first-round state playoff game.
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