Week 4 football previews
Athens Drive at Leesville Road
Athens (1-2) lost last week, but its defense proved a lot in slowing down Lee County’s offense. Leesville (1-1) was blasted 40-6 by Apex two weeks ago and is coming off a bye.
Head-to-head: Leesville won last year 39-3.
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Garner at Cary
If you’re still calling this a rivalry, chances are you’re over the age of 30. Nothing wrong with remembering this series’ storied past, but it’s certainly in the past. Cary (0-3) has struggled, while Garner (2-1) has blown away teams in the last two weeks.
Head-to-head: Garner won last year 42-28.
Fuquay-Varina at West Johnston
The Bengals (1-1) are coming off a bye and will have used that week to prepare for West Johnston’s offense. The Wildcats (2-1) are averaging 42.3 points per game.
Head-to-head: Fuquay leads all-time series 4-1.
Green Hope at Cleveland (7:30)
The last time Green Hope was 3-0 to start a season was 2005, when it started the year 6-0 and ended 13-2. Cleveland is an explosive team that’s used to playing in shootouts. The Rams (2-1) are averaging 44 points while giving up 48.3. Between that and the late start time, Falcons fans should expect to be watching the last game done on Friday night.
Head-to-head: Green Hope won last year 49-28.
Holly Springs at Sanderson
Sanderson (1-2) proved how good its defense was last week by forcing four Apex turnovers en route to a win. The Spartans have given up just five offensive touchdowns this year. The Golden Hawks (1-1) are coming off a bye week following a 39-13 romp at Wakefield.
Head-to-head: Sanderson won last year 27-16.
Panther Creek at Jordan
The Falcons have lost 12 straight games entering this game, which is a good sign for Panther Creek (1-1). The Catamounts are coming off a big 41-16 win against Rolesville.
Head-to-head: Panther Creek won last year 24-0.
Broughton at Cardinal Gibbons
Cardinal Gibbons (2-1) is fifth in the Triangle in passing yards per game (229.0). The Crusaders hope to take advantage of a Broughton (1-2) defense that just gave up 459 yards in a 63-13 loss to Garner – though all but 44 came on the ground.
Head-to-head: Gibbons won last year 35-28.
Southampton (Va.) at Cary Christian
The Knights (0-2) welcome Southampton Academy (2-0) out of Virginia for a conference game. Southampton has allowed just eight points in two games.
Head-to-head: Southampton won last year 52-0.
Wake Christian at Spring Creek (7:30)
The Bulldogs (1-2) have shown improvement from a year ago and now face the Gators (1-1), a team they narrowly lost to last year.
Head-to-head: Spring Creek won last year 24-20.
All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Player of the week
Brant Grisel, Middle Creek: It’s hard to be more efficient than the senior was against Smithfield-Selma. In a 49-7 win that ended in the first half, he was 15-of-19 passing for 305 yards and 4 TDs with one interception on a tipped pass.