Friday’s football games
Panther Creek at Apex
The Catamounts are now allowing just 7.9 points per contest, but Apex – which has lost five straight in the series – poses a unique challenge. The Cougars have scored at least 40 points in all five of its wins. So is holding Apex to less than 40 the key? Panther Creek should feel confident in that.
Head-to-head: Panther Creek leads all-time series 5-2.
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Middle Creek at Athens Drive
Athens Drive, winners of two straight, is fresh off a bye week and hoping to extend Middle Creek’s two-game losing skid. Middle Creek should get running back Elijah Perry back and healthy, which should ignite an offense that has struggled mightily without him. The Mustangs have won seven straight in the series.
Head-to-head: Middle Creek leads all-time series 8-1.
Fuquay-Varina at Cary
The Bengals are continuing to push for the playoffs, and despite last week’s loss, there were some encouraging signs. The defense had its best game yet in a 9-0 loss to Panther Creek. Cary is excited to get Trevion Hackney back on track. He had 141 yards rushing for a team that has no one with more than 300 yards on the season. Cary has lost 10 straight in the series.
Head-to-head: Fuquay-Varina leads series 14-1 since 2000.
Green Hope at Holly Springs
Thanks to Middle Creek’s loss, Green Hope now controls its own destiny for a possible conference championship. They should be wary of Holly Springs, where former athletics director Wayne Bragg has his team on a two-game win streak.
Head-to-head: Holly Springs leads all-time series 4-1.
Cardinal Gibbons at Chapel Hill
The winner has the inside track to take the Big Eight’s third automatic playoff bid (behind Southern Durham and Orange). Gibbons (6-2, 3-1) has exceeded all expectations, given the losses from last year’s team. Chapel Hill (6-2, 2-2) is enjoying one of its best seasons in a decade.
Head-to-head: Cardinal Gibbons leads all-time series 5-0.
Rocky Mount Academy at Cary Christian
In the last week of the season for Cary Christian, the visiting unbeaten Eagles (8-0) take on the Knights (3-5) in NCISAA 8-man football.
Head-to-head: RMA won twice last year.
North Raleigh Christian at Wake Christian, 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs’ third and final conference game of the year could put Wake Christian (6-3, 1-1) in a great position for the playoffs if it can defeat the visiting Knights (1-7, 0-2).
Head-to-head: Wake Christian won 24-10 last year.
All game times are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted
Player of the Week
Nehemiah Harris, Holly Springs: Four touchdown runs on 23 carries for 146 yards in a triple-overtime upset of Middle Creek is a pretty darn good night for the senior running back.
1. Panther Creek, 7-1 (4-0)
2. Green Hope, 6-2 (3-1)
T3. Middle Creek, 6-2 (2-2)
T3. Apex 5-3 (2-2)
T3. Holly Springs, 5-3 (2-2)
T3. Athens Drive, 3-5 (2-2)
7. Fuquay-Varina, 3-5 (1-3)
8. Cary, 0-8 (0-4)
We forgot to update you on head-to-head records entering last week’s games. So now that they’re complete, here’s a look at the new numbers.
It was Holly Springs’ first win ever against Middle Creek, who leads the series 5-1. After a win, Panther Creek now trails Fuquay-Varina just 5-4 in their all-time series. Apex and Cary have been playing too long to know the exact head-to-head mark, but since 2000, Cary’s lead is down to 10-6. Also, Cardinal Gibbons leads Northern Vance 7-5 since 2001.