Cary at Garner
Once one of the Triangle’s most heated rivalries, the Imps (2-1) and Trojans haven’t had ill feelings toward one another in years. The rivalry has been dead for a while, but for one week alumni get to relive moments of years gone by and watch another showdown. Garner (2-1) is led by junior running back/kick returner Nyheim Miller-Hines (611 yards rushing) who tallied seven touchdowns last week.
Leesville Road at Athens Drive
The Jaguars (2-1) have now faced two of the state’s best players in the first three weeks of the season. First it was Kentavius Street of Greenville Rose, and now it’s one-man wrecking crew Braxton Berrios of Leesville Road (2-0). The Jags’ Dominique Lynch (401 yards rushing) could exploit the Pride’s run defense.
West Johnston at Fuquay-Varina
A classic something-has-to-give game as Fuquay-Varina (1-1) has averaged 295.5 yards rushing in two games while West Johnston (2-1) has one of the top rushing defenses in the Triangle (138.7 allowed per game). Fullback Damarus Williams has 286 rushing yards.
Cleveland at Green Hope
Cleveland (2-1) has already knocked off Garner this year and is quickly becoming a state power on the 3A level. Green Hope (2-1) has had a solid defense this year, and preventing the big play against agile quarterback Aaron Farmer and speedster running back Isaac Martin will be a top priority. The Falcons’ offense has steadily improved as quarterback Luke Massei has settled in.
Sanderson at Holly Springs
Holly Springs (0-2) has the SWAC’s top rusher in Tray Staten (331 yards in two games) but is the only winless SWAC team. Sanderson (1-2) has been competitive – all three of its games have been decided by eight points or less.
Jordan at Panther Creek
Entering the year, Panther Creek (1-1) had one of the area’s toughest nonconference schedules. After a 44-0 win against Heritage, the Catamounts look like they’ll survive it well. Coming out of a bye week, Panther Creek should be favored against Jordan (1-2).
Cardinal Gibbons at Broughton
The Crusaders (1-1) wrap up their nonconference schedule with a trip to Broughton before entering a bye week followed by Big Eight Conference play. There is no timetable for Dante DiMaggio’s return. The wide receiver had 126 yards in week one plus a 41-yard touchdown pass, but has not returned.
Cary Christian at Southampton Academy (Va.)
The Knights (1-1) will play the defending N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association eight-man football champs. Yes, Southampton Academy is in Virginia but plays in the NCISAA.
Spring Creek at Wake Christian
The Dawgs (1-2) play host to one of the most downtrodden programs in the state. Spring Creek, out of Seven Springs, N.C., is 21-117 in its 13-year history.