7:30 kick off unless noted.
Northern Durham at No. 1 Southern Durham, 7 p.m.: Southern is coming off of a big road win against Scotland County. And there’s no better way to test a team’s consistency than a matchup against a struggling rival. The Spartans (3-0) meet just that kind of team in Northern (0-4), which must find more production on offense for a chance at a huge upset.
Wakefield at No. 3 Middle Creek, 7 p.m.: Middle Creek (3-0) will have to account for a revived Wakefield (2-1) passing attack. The Wolverines played their first two games without quarterback Matt McKay, but he returned last week to lead the team past Southeast Raleigh, 27-6. The Mustangs’ Elijah Perry (156.3 yards per game) leads the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference in rushing.
No. 6 Hillside at Charlotte Country Day: Hillside had success the last time it left Durham to play a private school, but Charlotte Country Day is a far different program from Gray Collegiate in South Carolina. The Buccaneers have a solid program under coach Bob Witman, and Country Day QB Cole Bloomer is one to watch.
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No. 7 Lee County at Overhills: Having conquered all of Harnett County, Overhills (3-1) shifts its attention to Lee County (4-0). The Jaguars swept in-county schools Harnett Central, Triton and Western Harnett by a combined score of 128-41 in the past three weeks. Points could come be fewer against the Yellow Jackets, who have given up 26 in four games this season.
East Chapel Hill at No. 8 Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill (3-0) has won 10 straight in the series and the shift of quarterback Connor Stough and receiver Arkavious Parks from East to Chapel Hill hasn’t help cool the rivalry. East (0-4) must find some running room for Amier Alston.
Southern Wayne at No. 9 Cleveland: Two former Eastern Carolina 3A Conference foes get back together this week with the Saints visiting a place that usually brings a lot of points on the Cleveland side of the scoreboard: the Rams’ home stadium. Cleveland is averaging 48.7 points at home this season and has scored at least two touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters of those games.
Athens Drive at No. 14 Green Hope, 7 p.m.: The game kicks off Southwest Wake Athletic Conference play, though the rest of the league won’t get started for another week. Green Hope (3-1) has the league’s top passer, Luke Massei (259.2 yards per game) and top receiver, Bryce Dixon (74.2 per game). The Falcons’ defense has allowed just four first-half touchdowns this year. Athens Drive (1-3) has won eight straight in the series. The Jaguars have lost their last two games by a combined 15 points.
Ranked teams idle this week: No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 4 Garner, No. 5 Orange, No. 10 Northwood, No. 11 East Wake, No. 12 Millbrook, No. 13 Heritage, No. 15 Clayton
Other Area Games
Fuquay-Varina at Enloe, 7 p.m.: For most of the last decade, this is a game the Bengals (1-2) would take lightly and still win by two scores. Not anymore. Enloe (2-1) has been ignited in year one under championship coach Steve Johnson. Fuquay-Varina leads the Triangle with 287.3 yards rushing per game. The Bengals have not been out of any game this year, but have given up critical big plays in their two losses.
Jordan at Holly Springs, 7 p.m.: The Golden Hawks (2-1) are allowing just 11.3 points per game this season, and no team has scored more than 14. Barring something drastic, Holly Springs should roll to a 3-1 start as Jordan (0-4) has only topped the 12-point mark once this year.
Apex at Riverside, 7 p.m.: Riverside’s defense is now allowing 34.2 points per game after last week’s 33-13 win at Cedar Ridge. That’s good news for Apex (2-1), whose offense is averaging 36.7 points per game and coming off a bye week. The Pirates are 1-3 on the year.
Leesville Road at Panther Creek, 7 p.m.: This battle of I-540 is usually evenly matched. Panther Creek (2-1) has done all it was expected to do, blowing out winless Rolesville (41-16) and Jordan (41-0) but hanging close to Wake Forest (23-6). Leesville (2-1) seemed to improve drastically after a week two 44-14 loss to Apex.
C.B. Aycock at Corinth Holders: Both teams are on two-game win streaks entering this one. The Golden Falcons are a touchdown away from being 4-0. (A 27-20 loss to Greene Central is their only number on the right side of the W-L ledger.)
Smithfield-Selma at Wilson Fike: Smithfield-Selma has put some points on the board with more consistency than it did last year through a month of the 2014 season. The Spartans will need to continue that trend to have a chance against Fike. The Golden Demons are allowing just 7.75 points a game and no opponent has scored more than a dozen against the state’s 10th-ranked 3A team.
South Johnston at Cape Fear: South, coming off of its first victory, will visit a Cape Fear team coming off of its first loss of the season this week.
Louisburg at Bunn: Old rivals get back together in this one. Bunn (2-2) is coming off a rough, lopsided loss to Corinth Holders. Louisburg (1-2) is averaging 40 points a game.
Hobbton at Wake Christian: If the Bulldogs (2-2) can beat Hobbton for the second straight year, a 4-2 start before conference play begins looks likely. Hobbton has had a hard time scoring, averaging six points a game.
South Granville at Carrboro: The home team has won every year since the series started (2009). Carrboro (2-2) is recovering from a big loss at Northwood, while South (1-2) is just getting on track after a win against Granville County rival Oxford Webb. Both teams can move the ball well, with Earl Green and Sean Bowman averaging more than 200 yards rushing combined for South Granville.
Cary Christian at Halifax Academy, 6:30 p.m.: The Knights (0-3) will head to Roanoke Rapids in search of their first win.
Princeton at Sampson Union: Princeton is developing a pretty notable defense to go along with its high-powered offense (45.2 points a game ). After allowing 42 points in their opener, the Bulldogs have given up just 21 points in their past three games. So a shootout like the one these two teams played a season ago would be a surprise.
Compiled by D. Clay Best, J. Mike Blake and Elliott Warnock.
Albemarle at Chatham Central
Apex at Durham Riverside, 7
Bunn at Louisburg
Camden County at Plymouth
Cape Hatteras at Creswell
Croatan at Swansboro
Currituck at Hunt
D.H. Conley at West Craven
E.E. Smith at Hoke County
East Bladen at East Columbus
Eastern Randolph at Jordan-Matthews
Fairmont at South View
Greene Central at Farmville Central
Harrells Christian at South Robeson
Hobgood at St. David’s
J.H. Rose at Kinston
Jones Senior at Richlands
KIPP Pride at Rocky Mount Prep
Lakewood at North Johnston
LeJeune at Dixon
Lumberton at Hoggard
Manteo at Perquimans
Nash Central at Beddingfield
New Bern at Laney
New Hanover at Scotland County
North Brunswick at West Brunswick
North Edgecombe at Weldon
North Lenoir at East Duplin
Northampton at Southeast Halifax
Northern Nash at Southern Vance
Northwest Halifax at Warren County
Pamlico at Ayden-Grifton
Pasquotank at J.F. Webb
Pine Forest at Westover
Polk County at East Henderson
Purnell Swett at Anson County
Richmond County at Butler
Rocky Mount at SouthWest Edgecombe
Rosewood at South Lenoir
Seventy-First at Douglas Byrd
South Central at Hertford County
Southern Lee at Pinecrest
Spring Creek at Southside
Tarboro at Roanoke Rapids
Terry Sanford at Jack Britt
Topsail at Jacksonville
Triton at Gray’s Creek
Union Pines at Western Harnett
Winston-Salem Prep at Granville Central