Thursday match up
Fayetteville Christian at Wake Christian (3-5, 0-2), 7:30
The Bulldogs kick off the area schedule with a Thursday night special against FCA, which picked up its second win of the season last week (20-7 over Village Christian). Daquan Armstrong leads the Warriors’ rushing attack.
Beau Barger (1,073 yards passing, 700 rushing) leads Wake Christian’s offense.
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Harnett Central (1-6, 0-3) at Garner (6-2, 2-1), 7
Don’t blink because you’ll miss Garner’s home regular-season schedule. Yep, it’s already senior night in G-Town Friday as Central visits. After this one, the Trojans visit Knightdale and Southeast Raleigh in back-to-back weeks then get an open date during the final week of the regular season (Nov. 8).
A win for Garner is a must if it wants to play another home game come playoff time.
West Johnston (2-5, 0-2) at East Wake (2-5, 1-1), 7
East Wake has lost two straight after its big win over Garner so the Warriors are looking for a bounce-back effort against a West team coming off its bye week and a little bit healthier after the break. West must find a way to slow down runner Damontay Rhem (847 yards, 9 TDs) and quarterback Trent Evans (1,485 yards).
Southeast Raleigh (3-3, 2-0) at Knightdale (6-1, 3-0), 7
Look who’s suddenly in championship contending position in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference? Yep, Southeast, a team that slipped out of the spotlight after its season-opening road trips to meet Fayetteville Britt and Dutch Fork in South Carolina. But here the Bulldogs are one of the only two remaining unbeaten in the conference.
Knightdale features plenty of big-play options and speed, much like Southeast. So look for big plays from both sides.
Triton (6-1, 1-0) at Cleveland (4-3, 1-0), 7:30
Two teams that have finished 1-2 in their conference the past two seasons meet in an early Two Rivers 3A Conference clash. Triton has used special teams play and turnovers to make the difference the past two seasons against Cleveland. But the first order of business for any Hawk opponent is slowing down the Wing-T running attack.
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