at Leesville Road
The Catamounts (2-1) have posted back-to-back shutouts and only allowed 17 offensive points to powerhouse Wake Forest, ranked No. 2 by The News & Observer. No. 1 Leesville Road (3-0) and Braxton Berrios will be PC’s toughest test yet.
The No. 3 Mustangs (2-1) have shut down the run, but No. 11 Wakefield (3-0) has been getting it done with the passing game.
The Golden Hawks (0-3) will travel to Durham in search of their first win on the year. Jordan (1-3) has yet to score more than 21 points this year.
at Athens Drive
The No. 10 Falcons (3-1) and Athens Drive (2-2) will kick off conference play one week early and take their bye in week 9. Athens Drive leads the all-time series 8-5 and has won the last seven in a row.
Once upon a time, the “Battle of N.C. 42” was an important rivalry. There may not be any bad blood between No. 7 Clayton (4-0) and the Bengals (2-1), but it’s a great out-of-conference game. The last two years have been one-point contests, and four of the last five years have been decided by seven points or fewer. Fuquay-Varina has won the last six games.
The Cougars (1-2) host a Riverside (2-2) team that has played in three contests decided by seven points or less, including a 22-20 loss to Fuquay-Varina.
The Bulldogs (1-3) and Hobbton Wildcats (0-3) have each lost three straight this season.
at Cary Christian
Halifax Academy (2-1) pays a visit to the Knights (1-2) in what should be an important game for N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 8-man football standings.
Player of the Week
For the second time this year, Green Hope junior quarterback Luke Massei gets the nod. He completed 22 of 31 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another in a 49-28 win against Cleveland.