Chapel Hill (2-0)
at Carrboro (2-0)
This game means something more to both team beyond just a possible win over a local rival. Both teams are coming off unexpectedly poor performances in 2013, and each has gotten off to a great start this season. Neither one wants to see their progress derailed.
Carrboro has benefited, big time, with the return of running back Trai Sharp, a player who has that “extra gear” everyone talks about but rarely sees. Like Chapel Hill, Carrboro also has two quarterbacks capable of starting: Rowe Mellott and Adam Bussian. Chapel Hill has Connor Stough and Jacob Guskiewicz, both of which have high game IQs.
Both teams also have some excellent players up front. Chapel Hill has an edge in numbers and has used its depth, especially along the offensive and defensive lines, to wear down ts first two opponents.
East Chapel Hill (0-2)
at Cedar Ridge (1-1)
Cedar Ridge and East Chapel Hill both have first -year head coaches who are trying to grow a program. With a bigger offensive line than East, the Red Wolves have gotten off to a better start. They lost by just 1 point to Carrboro and have scored an average of 27 points per game. The Wildcats are very young, and many are still learning the game. So far, they’ve scored just 12 points total.
at Orange (2-0)
With wins in hand against Person and Northern Durham, Orange is looking to go 3-0 against PAC-6 teams this season. But Riverside is no pushover despite its 0-2 record. The Pirates have been close against two top teams – Chapel Hill and Fuquay-Varina – and have too much talent to continue a downward slide unabated.
Orange has been workmanlike in its first two wins. The Panther offense has been productive with veteran quarterback Garrett Cloer running the show. But it’s the Orange defense that’s been truly outstanding. After giving up two late TDs at under-rated Roxboro Person, the Panthers completely shut down Northern Durham last Friday in a shutout win.
Jordan Matthews (1-1)
at Northwood (2-0)
This rivalry never fails to deliver. The Jets are 1 point away from being 2-0 after losing 28-27 in Week 1 at Providence Grove. They romped 49-0 over Chatham Central last week, going up 21-0 in the first quarter on a series of quick scoring drives. Rahim Mateen is a double threat on offense, used both as a running back and a wide receiver.
Northwood’s defense has been outstanding so far, giving up one touchdown total in two games. Tackle Elijah Washington is emerging as a defensive leader, with 14 tackles for loss and three sacks so far this season.