No. 1 Southern Durham at No. 3 Orange
Southern (10-0, 6-0 Big Eight 3A) is led by quarterback Kendall Hinton, a Shrine Bowl Game of the Carolinas selection and a state player of the year candidate. He has delivered big plays all season for the 2013 3AA state champions. Orange (10-0, 6-0) showed great resiliency in rallying to beat Chapel Hill earlier in the year 37-34 after falling behind by three touchdowns.
Enloe at No. 2 Wake Forest
Wake Forest (10-0, 8-0 Cap Eight) is in contention to be the top seed in the 4AA East, which would mean the Cougars would be at home for the playoffs. Bryce Love, one of the top running back recruits in the country, leads the offense with 122.6 yards per game. The Cougars’ defense is exceptional, allowing 12.5 points per game. Enloe (3-7, 1-5) has been competitive in every game. The Eagles’ have played six games decided by eight points or less.
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No. 4 Panther Creek at No. 12 Green Hope
The Highway 55 rivalry has never mattered more. This is for the SWAC championship. Panther Creek (9-1, 6-0) is in contention for the top 4AA seed with a win. Catamounts quarterback Brent Magner has thrown for 1,634 yards and 17 touchdowns. Green Hope (8-2, 5-1) can grab the league’s top seed with the upset. QB Luke Massei has 2,603 passing yards with 25 touchdowns.
No. 5 Garner at Rolesville
Garner (9-1, 6-0) clinches the conference title outright with a victory and stays in the hunt for the No. 1 overall seed in the 4AA East. Runner Nyheim Hines has scored 32 rushing touchdowns. Rolesville (1-9, 1-5) upset Knightdale last week for its first varsity win.
Knightdale at No. 6 East Wake
Quarterback Tripp Harrington (189.5 yards passing per game) leads East Wake (8-2, 5-1), which can clinch the Greater Neuse’s No. 2 playoff seed with a win. Knightdale (3-7, 1-5) would like to spoil the party.
Cardinal Gibbons at No. 7 Northwood
Gibbons’ schedule probably could not have been more back-loaded. The Crusaders (6-4, 3-3 Big Eight 3A) close out the regular season with their fourth game against an N&O-ranked team in the last five weeks. Northwood (8-2, 4-2) is known for its offense (40.3 points) but allows only 12.2 points per game.
Sanderson at No. 8 Millbrook
Millbrook (8-2, 5-1) takes the Cap Eight’s No. 2 playoff seed with a victory. Sanderson (3-7, 2-4) has won two of its last three games.
No. 9 Lee County at Southern Lee
Lee County (9-1, 4-1 Cape Fear Valley 3A) allows only 7.2 points per game. Southern Lee (6-4, 3-2) can move up in the playoff pecking order with a Brick City Bowl win.
No. 10 Heritage at Broughton
Heritage (7-3, 4-2) can keep the Cap Eight’s No. 3 playoff seed with a win. Broughton (1-9, 0-6) has found some offensive punch behind the play of quarterback Dominic Ford.
No. 11 Middle Creek at Fuquay-Varina
Fuquay-Varina (5-5, 3-3) would take the No. 3 seed from the SWAC if it upsets the Mustangs (8-2, 4-2), who can finish as high as second in the league.
Western Harnett at No. 13 Cleveland
Cleveland (8-2, 3-1), South Johnston (4-6, 3-1) and Corinth Holders (7-3, 3-1) will tie for the Two Rivers 3A title, and a drawing will be needed to determine playoff seeds if all three win. Western Harnett (4-6, 1-3) can be Cleveland’s spoiler.
No. 14 Hillside at Person
Hillside (6-4, 4-0) has won five straight and will be the PAC-Six 4A top seed in the playoffs. Person (2-8, 1-3) has dropped three of its last four.
No. 15 Princeton at Rosewood
Princeton (9-1, 4-1 in Carolina 1A) takes second place with a win. James Kenan already has clinched the top seed. Rosewood (6-4, 4-1) could be a hurdle.
Other area games
Apex at Holly Springs
It could be win-or-go-home time already for Holly Springs (5-5) and Apex (5-5). With identical records, the Golden Hawks and Cougars have enough wins to make it into the 4AA playoffs, but just barely. The loser drops to 2-5 in the league.
Athens Drive at Cary
Last year, Cary (0-10, 0-6) ended its season by knocking Athens Drive (3-7, 2-4) out of playoff contention in the final week. The Jaguars already are eliminated from playoff contention, even though a win lands them firmly in fifth place.
Chapel Hill at Cedar Ridge
Chapel Hill (7-3, 3-3) could make some noise in the playoffs but needs a win over Cedar Ridge (4-6, 2-4) to help its seeding.
Washington at North Johnston
Washington (9-1, 4-0) can stay in the hunt for a top seed with a victory and clinch the league championship. The Pam Pack is already locked in as the league’s No. 1 seed. North Johnston is 1-9, 0-4.
Clayton at Southeast Raleigh
Clayton (5-5, 2-4) and Southeast Raleigh (4-6, 3-3) each needs a win to have a shot at making the playoff field. A loss by either puts those chances in jeopardy.
Durham Riverside at Northern Durham
Riverside (4-6, 3-1) and Northern (3-7, 3-1) are playing for the No. 2 seed behind Durham Hillside into the playoffs.
South Johnston at Smithfield-Selma
If Cleveland and Corinth Holders lose their regular-season finales, Smithfield-Selma (3-7, 2-2) could create a four-way tie for the league title with a win over South (4-6, 3-1). South can grab a share of the crown with a win.
Leesville Road at Wakefield
Leesville and Wakefield ( both 5-5, 3-3 Cap Eight 4A) can help their postseason chances with a win.
Harnett Central at West Johnston
West Johnston (7-3, 4-2) is headed to the playoffs but can improve its seeding with a win. Central (3-7, 2-4) could be a challenge.
Charlotte Providence Day at Charlotte Christian; Charlotte Country Day at Charlotte Latin.
North Raleigh Christian at Davidson Day; Harrells Christian at Concord Cannon; Asheville School at Arden Christ; Hickory Grove at Southlake Christian
Concord First Assembly at Victory Christian; Wake Christian at High Point Christian; Trinity Christian at Metrolina Christian; Village Christian at Rabun Gap.
Eight man semifinals
St. David’s at Rocky Mount Academy (7:30); Southampton, Va. at Kinston Parrott (7)
(7:30 p.m. kickoff)
Carrboro at Reidsville
Clinton at Wallace-Rose Hill
E.E. Smith at Seventy-First
East Columbus at West Columbus
East Montgomery at West Montgomery
Fairmont at South Robeson
Farmville Central at North Pitt
Fike at Hunt
Franklinton at Southern Vance
Graham at Bartlett Yancey
Gates at Plymouth
Grays Creek at Douglas Byrd
Greene Central at Goldsboro
Hobbton at Lakewood
Hoke County at Pinecrest
Holmes at Pasquotank
Jack Britt at Overhills
Jacksonville at White Oak
Jones Senior at East Carteret
Jordan-Mathews at Cummings
KIPP Pride at Southeast Halifax
Lejeune at Northside-Pinetown
Mattamuskeet at Camden County
Midway at Union
New Bern at Greenville Rose
North Brunswick at East Duplin
North Edgecombe at Tarboro
Northampton at Rocky Mount Prep
Northeastern at Bertie
Northern Nash at Rocky Mount
Northern Vance at Oxford Webb
Northside-Jax at Croatan
Northwest Halifax at Granville Central
Parkwood at Central Academy
Pender at Trask
Princeton at Rosewood
Pembroke Swett at Lumberton
Roanoke Rapids at South Granville
Scotland County at Richmond County
South Brunswick at Hoggard
South Central at Greenville Conley
South Davidson at Chatham Central
South Iredell at Statesville
South View at Fayetteville Cape Fear
Southern Nash at Nash Central
Southern Wayne at Eastern Wayne
Southside at Pamlico
SouthWest Edgecombe at Beddingfield
Southwest Guilford at HP Central
Spring Creek at North Duplin
Southwest Onslow at Dixon
St. Pauls at Red Springs
Swansboro at Richlands
Topsail at New Hanover
Weldon at Louisburg
West Brunswick at Ashley
West Craven at Havelock
Whiteville at South Columbus