Garner at Knightdale, 7
It’s championship week in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference, barring a wild final two weeks. Knightdale has the league’s only unblemished record, while Garner is the reigning league titleholder for the past three seasons. Both teams have plenty of speed so don’t be surprised by the usual number of big scoring plays from players like Marquavious Johnson, Nathaniel Harvey and Marcell Johnson (22 combined rushing TDs), while Garner counters with Nyheim Hines (28 TDs rushing) and Raekwon Britton (7 TDs). That speed often shows up with a big special teams play or two in a game like this, so look for that here.
West Johnston at Southeast Raleigh, 7
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Neither team got what it wanted last week, so expect a hard-fought battle between two teams still hoping for a playoff trip.
Cleveland at Corinth Holders, 7:30
Yes, Cleveland’s route to the Two Rivers 3A Conference is more direct as the only team left in the league with a perfect league mark, but Corinth Holders’ route is just as direct, even after its tough double-overtime loss to South Johnston. If the Pirates win, starting this week, they’ll get that league title.
Both teams’ defenses will be in the spotlight as the Rams try to control the Corinth Holders’ passing attack led by Cole Sawoski. The Pirates must figure out how to manage a Ram run game featuring Shrine Bowl pick Isaac Martin.
Wake Christian at North Raleigh Christian, 7:30
Big East Independent Football rivals meet here with quarterback Richard Landis (1,469 yards passing) leading the Crusaders against WCA. The Bulldogs have a solid leader of their own at quarterback, Beau Barger. It was his 38-yard TD pass to Kyle Patterson that made the difference last week in a 34-28 win over Fayetteville Christian.
Knightdale head coach
“We’ve got Garner (this) week, and to be on top you’ve got to beat the king. It is what it is. They’ve got to beat us, and we’ve got to win. It’s set up like a championship fight.”
Two Rivers 3A
Greater Neuse River 4A