Princeton will name its football field in honor of former head coach Harvey Brooks at halftime of its Friday game against North Johnston.
Brooks, who went 238-99-4 in 35 years as a head coach, is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Johnston County Athletics Hall of Fame. He won 24 conference championships as a head coach and made Princeton a 1A power in the 1970s and 80s with his single-wing offense.
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Former Princeton Coach at the Johnston County Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2010
“There are a lot of people in this world who know more X’s and O’s than I do. But nobody loved it any more than I did. I’d give everything I have to be back out on that football field one more time.”
North Johnston (0-3) at Princeton (3-0), 7:30
Princeton, ranked third in the state 1A Associated Press football poll last week, is displaying a lot more than just Florida State commit Johnny Frasier on offense so far, which will continue to pay off later in the season.
North’s defense was susceptible to the running game last week against Corinth Holders. Expect to see a focus on stopping the run high on the Panthers’ to do list this week.
Last Year: Princeton, 45-32
at West Johnston (2-1), 7:30
Certainly the narrow loss to rival Cleveland last week burned a lot for West Johnston, but there were a lot of positives for the Wildcats to take away. They didn’t miss many beats on offense after losing starting quarterback/leading rusher Cameron Williams to injury in the first half and found ways to move the ball all night.
Fuquay-Varina, which had an open date last week, is led by the running tandem of Eric Sugarman and Damarus Williams.
Last Year: Fuquay-Varina, 22-17
Corinth Holders (1-2) at Bunn (2-1), 7:30
Corinth Holders will certainly go into Wildcat land with a target on its chest after last year’s win over the Wildcats. Bunn is expected to be one of the better 2A teams in the area this season with a bevy of speedy running options. Four Wildcats have rushed for more than 150 yards this season, led by Thomas Jones.
The Pirates will look to take advantage of their passing game, led by veteran quarterback Cole Sakowski.
Last Year: Corinth Holders, 21-10
Red Springs (0-3)
at South Johnston (0-3), 7:30
South Johnston might feel it let one slip away last week in a crushing, last-second defeat to county rival Clayton but there are plenty of positives to take from the loss that show the Trojans trending upward.
An improved defensive effort held the Comets to almost 200 yards below their offensive average from the first two weeks of the season.
Red Springs has allowed 144 points in three games this season.
Last Year: South Johnston, 50-28
Clayton (2-1) at Smithfield-Selma (1-2), 7:30
Another week, another big rivalry game for the Comets. This one, against Smithfield-Selma, is the oldest one, obviously, amongst Cleveland, South Johnston and Corinth Holders.
The Spartans are no longer a team looking for singular wins but one ready to take that next step and get back to the days when wins weren’t a rarity for the blue and gold.
Rivalry games tend to bring out the best in both teams, as it did last year and has done many times in the past.
The Spartans’ offense will need to be ready to challenge a Comet defense that has been much improved over the past two weeks.
Clayton gave up 204 yards rushing to South in the first half last week, but held the Trojans to 47 second-half yards on the ground.
Last Year: Clayton, 37-23
Compiled by D. Clay Best and Michael Held