You can help the areas most affected by Hurricane Matthew just by going to a high school football game this Friday.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association has declared this Friday Hurricane Matthew Relief Assistance Night, and schools are asked to participate by collecting money at games and forwarding it to the NCHSAA, which will act as a clearinghouse.
The NCHSAA said the money will be divided among the local education agencies in counties that have been designated as federal disaster areas.
The NCHSAA Board of Directors will match up to $20,000 of the money raised.
So far, participating games include: Carrboro at Graham, East Chapel Hill at Northern Durham, Louisburg at Granville Central, Smithfield-Selma at Cleveland, Fike at Rocky Mount and Leesville Road at Wake Forest.
Look who’s in first
Carrboro began this season just hoping to stop a losing skid and erase the memories of forfeiting two games because there were too few healthy players to choose from. The losing streak reached 21 games, but the Jaguars have won twice in as many weeks.
After beating Burlington’s Cummings High 22-7, Carrboro beat Bartlett Yancey 31-14 last week. Dan Blobe and Tabian Sales led the way with a combined 228 yards and four touchdowns as Carrboro improved to 2-6 overall, 2-0 in Mid-State 2A games. The win put the Jaguars into a tie with undefeated Reidsville (8-0, 2-0) for first place in the conference.
Reidsville ranked No. 4 in the state’s 2A classification by the AP.
The Starting 11: players of the week
(Times named to The Starting 11 this season in parentheses.)
Vince Amendola, Leesville Road (2): Completed 15 of 18 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
Tyson Dew, Cleveland (1): Ran 13 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, caught four passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
Justin Dunn, Sanderson (1): Completed 10 of 15 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns.
O.J. Flowers, Athens Drive (1): Ran nine times for 205 yards and three touchdowns.
Fabian McDonald, South Johnston (1): Ran 23 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns.
Caiden Norman, Cleveland (5): Completed 22 of 32 passes for 361 yards and five touchdowns and added a touchdown run.
Devon Perry, Ravenscroft (1): Had a touchdown run, a touchdown catch and an interception return for score.
Dominique Shoffner, Middle Creek (2): Completed 17 of 22 passes for 246 yards and five touchdowns and also ran in a score.
Broderick Taylor, Holly Springs (3): Ran 16 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Houston Walker, St. David’s (1): Ran for 247 yards on 18 carries and scored four total touchdowns including his only catch of 36 yards. Also intercepted a pass.
Payton Wilson, Orange (2): Caught a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and returned an interception for another.
4-point stance: top defenses
Holly Springs: Scored on a safety and interception return in a 64-27 win against Panther Creek.
Sanderson: Held Broughton to just 155 yards of total offense in a 61-14 win.
South Granville: Held Southern Vance to minus-28 yards rushing an 100 passing in a 34-6 win.
Wake Forest: Held Heritage to minus-24 yards rushing and 169 passing in a 26-13 win.
▪ With an extra week added on to the regular season, the Big East 3A is moving last week’s games, originally rescheduled for Oct. 25, to that Thursday, Nov. 10. The schools did not want to play on Veteran’s Day which is Nov. 11.
▪ Want to listen to some Wilson area high school football? Alton Britt is the play-by-play voice of a game of the week each Friday for The Wilson Times. Tune in at wilsontimes.com for the pregame at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. kickoff for: Rocky Mount at Fike (Friday); Hunt at Rocky Mount (Oct. 28); SouthWest Edgecombe at Beddingfield (Nov. 3); Fike at Hunt (Nov. 4); and Rocky Mount at Hunt (Nov. 10).
Rocky Mount raises money: If you haven’t been to Rocky Mount High in a few years, double-check your directions for this Friday. The school, which has been at its current campus since 2012, has a proud football history including winning last year’s 3A title. This Friday’s home game against Fike will raise money for Hurricane Matthew victims – $1 from each ticket sold will be donated.