FOUR PLAYERS TO WATCH
Devon Lawrence, Wake Forest: The offensive MVP of last year’s 4AA championship game is averaging 94 yards per game (6.1 per carry) this year. He scored twice last week.
Zamari Ellis, Southern Vance: The Duke recruit is ranked as the state’s top tight end. At 6-6 and 220 pounds, he caught 35 passes last year for 613 yards and nine touchdowns.
Justin Harrington, Southeast Raleigh: The senior wideout is third in the state in receiving yards (266) in two contests.
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Willie Edwards, Greene Central: The senior running back is tied for second in the state in rushing touchdowns with eight in two games (avg. 166 yards per game).
FOUR GAMES TO WATCH
Middle Creek (1-1) at Wake Forest (2-0): The rematch of last year’s 4AA East final is also a showdown of two of the area’s top two teams. Wake Forest was No. 1 in the final PrepsNow area rankings in 2014 and 2016, and Middle Creek was No. 1 in 2015.
Hillside (1-1) at Pinecrest (2-0): Hillside’s typical take-all-comers approach to nonconference takes the Hornets to the Sandhills area, where Pinecrest has allowed just six points in its first two games.
Sanderson (1-1) at Apex (0-2): It’s the first home varsity football game for Apex at its temporary home at Green Level High School. Apex’s student body is housed at the Green Level campus for the next two years while the old school is being torn down and rebuilt.
Riverside (2-0) at Cardinal Gibbons (2-0): Former conference opponents collide in a matchup of undefeated teams. Someone’s leaving here with a world of confidence that comes with going 3-0.
Check with school for times; most Triangle games are 7 p.m.
PrepsNow ranking included
No. 3 Sanderson at Apex
Knightdale at Athens Drive
East Duplin at Ayden-Grifton
Broughton at Cary
Eastern Wayne at C.B. Aycock
Carrboro at Chapel Hill
No. 9 Clayton at Corinth Holders
Washington at No. 17 D.H. Conley
Apex Friendship at Enloe
Wayne Christian at Faith Christian Rocky Mount
Princeton at Farmville Central
Kinston at No. 22 Fike
Southeast Raleigh at No. 18 Garner
No. 19 Rocky Mount at Hertford County
Wakefield at No. 5 Lee County
No. 16 Green Hope at No. 20 Leesville Road
No. 24 Franklinton at Louisburg
Northern Durham at Jordan
South Lenoir at North Duplin
Hobbton at North Johnston
Southern Vance at North Lenoir
East Montgomery at North Moore
Beddingfield at Northern Vance
Asheboro at Northwood
Holly Springs at Panther Creek
Bartlett Yancey at Person
No. 10 Hillside at No. 6 Pinecrest
Union Pines at Providence Grove
Spring Creek at Rosewood
Nash Central at Smithfield-Selma
Triton at South Johnston
Jordan-Matthews at South Stanly
West Johnston at Southern Lee
Bunn at No. 4 Southern Nash
No. 21 South Central at SouthWest Edgecombe
Northern Nash at No. 13 Tarboro
Fayetteville Christian at Wake Christian
Northampton County at Warren County
Roanoke Rapids at Weldon
Overhills at Western Harnett
Riverside at No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons
Southern Alamance at Cedar Ridge
Terry Sanford at No. 7 Cleveland
Rolesville at East Wake
Harnett Central at No. 15 Fuquay-Varina
KIPP Pride at Granville Central
No. 14 Millbrook at No. 2 Heritage
Hunt at J.H. Rose
Greene Central at North Pitt
North East Carolina Prep at Rocky Mount Prep
Ravenscroft at No. 25 South Granville
Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) at Southern Durham
North Raleigh Christian at Southlake Christian
Chatham Central at Thomas Jefferson
Word of God at Trinity Christian
No. 12 Middle Creek at No. 1 Wake Forest
New Bern at West Craven
Southern Wayne at Goldsboro