FOUR PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jack Biestek, Cardinal Gibbons: He’s a Notre Dame recruit – in lacrosse. But he’s also an offensive weapon in football who had more than 1,000 yards rushing and more than 800 receiving last year.
Trent Pennix, Sanderson: The N.C. State running back recruit will try to get back on track after the Spartans lost a close 14-9 game to a tough East Forsyth team in the season-opener on Saturday.
Josiah Trotter, Franklinton: He had more than 150 tackles last year and will need to be all over the field on Friday as the Red Rams host No. 20 Bunn, the school’s top rival.
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Payton Wilson, Orange: The UNC recruit who runs, catches, returns kicks and lays the hits at linebacker is off to a fast start this year. Hoggard, a 4A school in Wilmington, comes to town having trounced Holly Springs.
FOUR GAMES TO WATCH
Middle Creek at Heritage: Both teams were impressive in their season debuts. Heritage star running back Ricky Person had four rushing touchdowns and the defense shut out Panther Creek 43-0. Middle Creek may have a number of new starters, but it still managed to take down Rocky Mount 33-15.
Scotland County at Hillside: It’s not often you get a chance to see two of the best running backs in the nation on the same field. Scotland County’s Zamir White, a Georgia commit, has been ranked the top running back in the nation for three years. Hillside’s Jamal Currie-Elliott, an Oregon commit, is arguably the top running back in the Triangle.
Wake Forest at Richmond County: It’s not often Triangle teams go down to Richmond County voluntarily. The Raiders are arguably the most tradition-rich high school football program in the state. The Cougars will play in front of at least 4,000 Richmond fans, plus whatever Wake Forest fans make the trip down U.S. 1.
D.H. Conley at Rocky Mount: Last year, D.H. Conley had two 1,000-yard receivers, and Rocky Mount had two Division I-caliber corner backs. Conley brings back one of its two – C.J. Johnson – and Rocky Mount brings back both corners – junior Shyheim Battle and senior Detrell Revis. The battle between the Gryphons’ secondary and Conley’s passing attack, led by Conley quarterback and East Carolina recruit Holton Ahlers, will be fun to watch.
Check with school for times; most Triangle games are 7 p.m.
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Chapel Hill at Apex Friendship
Wayne Christian at Arendell Parrott
Granville Central at Bartlett Yancey
Smithfield-Selma at Beddingfield
Southampton Academy (Va.) at Bethel Christian
Athens Drive at Broughton
Rolesville at No. 12 Clayton
No. 13 Garner at No. 10 Cleveland
No. 23 Fike at East Wake
Cedar Ridge at Eastern Guilford
Goldsboro at Eastern Wayne
North Lenoir at Farmville Central
Jordan at E.E. Smith
No. 20 Bunn at Franklinton
Cary at No. 17 Fuquay-Varina
J.F. Webb at Gates County
Apex at No. 18 Green Hope
C.B. Aycock at Greene Central
Scotland County at No. 7 Hillside
Chatham Central at Hobbton
Faith Christian Rocky Mount at Hobgood Academy
No. 5 Lee County at Holly Springs
Hertford County at Hunt
North Pitt at Kinston
North Wake Home School at Louisburg
Southern Wayne at James Kenan
Northwood at Jordan-Matthews
Rocky Mount Prep at Lakewood
J.H. Rose at Laney
No. 2 Heritage at No. 8 Middle Creek
Havelock at New Bern
North Stokes at North Moore
Fayetteville Christian at North Raleigh Christian
Cary Christian at Northeast Academy
Person at Northern Durham
Hoggard at No. 6 Orange
Harnett Central at Overhills
Ayden-Grifton at Pamlico County
No. 22 Leesville Road at Panther Creek
Gray's Creek at No. 9 Pinecrest
Midway at Princeton
High Point Christian at Ravenscroft
No. 1 Wake Forest at Richmond County
Northern Vance at Riverside
Southeast Halifax at Roanoke Rapids
No. 19 D.H. Conley at No. 14 Rocky Mount
Community Christian at Rocky Mount Academy
North Johnston at Rosewood
Knightdale at No. 3 Sanderson
South Granville at South Johnston
Jones at South Lenoir
Northern Nash at Southeast Raleigh
No. 11 Cardinal Gibbons at Southern Durham
Enloe at No. 24 Southern Lee
Nash Central at No. 4 Southern Nash
Red Springs at Southern Vance
North Edgecombe at SouthWest Edgecombe
Lejeune at Spring Creek
Halifax Academy at St. David's
Union Pines at St. Pauls
Trinity Christian at Wake Christian
Millbrook at Wakefield
KIPP Pride at Warren County
No. 15 Tarboro at Washington
South Central at West Craven
Corinth Holders at No. 21 West Johnston
Providence Grove at Western Harnett
Harrells Christian at Word of God