at Harnett Central, 7
at Clayton, 7
Welcome to the jumble that is the race for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth place in the conference. Both of these games (along with Monday night’s Clayton vs. West Johnston clash which ended after press time – visit garnercleveland.com/sports for our coverage) will determine who finishes where in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference, who’s playing next week and who’s packing things up.
Barring an East Wake upset of Knightdale on Friday – which would give the Warriors the league’s No 2 playoff seed and drop Garner back to No. 3 (because of East Wake’s win over Garner), a tie for third place is there for the taking for Southeast or West Johnston this week.
In Clayton, Southeast will need to find its offensive touch again after struggling to score (averaging 11.67 points a game in its last three outings) to match up with the Comets’ wing-T attack. Clayton’s all about getting a lead and making it stick up. Southeast can’t let that happen Friday night.
In Angier, West Johnston goes in as a big favorite against Central, which is on a seven-game losing streak and hasn’t scored more than 20 points in a game all season.
Remember the top three finishers in each conference are guaranteed playoff spots, then it goes to the overall records of all the remaining teams so every win helps in the chase for a playoff spot.
Cleveland at Western Harnett, 7:30
Believe it or not, Western carried a chance to share the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship into its Monday night meeting with Triton (which ended before press time). And the Eagles have been the surprise of the Two Rivers 3A Conference this season – beating South Johnston and nearly upsetting Corinth Holders - so the Rams should expect a big challenge.
Wake Christian at Harrells Christian, 7:30
The NCISAA Division II playoffs begin this week with a rematch from just a month ago as the Bulldogs visit the high-scoring Crusaders. HCA won the first meeting, 54-14. Crusader senior Kelly Nelms has rushed for 1,112 yards. Wake Christian (6-5) has won three straight entering the playoffs. Quarterback Beau Barger has rushed for 1,089 yards and thrown for 1,362 this season. The winner meets either High Point Christian (4-6) or Christ School (7-2) in the second round.
Garner is idle this week.
Two Rivers 3A