No. 1 Southern Durham
at Cedar Ridge
The best chance for Cedar Ridge (3-5, 1-3) would be if the top-ranked Spartans (8-0, 4-0) are still celebrating last week’s big, 33-25 win at Northwood.
So far, no one has been able to stop Southern QB Kendall Hinton (129-214 passing for 1,938 yards,) and the Red Wolves have given up 32.8 ppg to Big Eight opponents. But Cedar Ridge had one of its best nights this year when it won 14-12 at Oxford Webb to snap a four-game skid.
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Southern has won 21 straight games – 19 straight against conference opponents.
Last year: Southern, 68-10
Hillside at Northern
Hillside has a better streak of conference wins than even Southern. The Hornets are up to 30 consecutive wins in PAC-6 games.
Northern is part of that history, having lost eight straight times to Hillside since a 14-6 win in 2005, the Hornets’ first year in the 4A PAC-6 after playing in the 3A classification.
Thanks to a forfeit last week by East Chapel Hill, Northern had in effect an extra week to get ready for this contest. If the Knights get their ground game into gear, or if Hillside can’t get over the kerfuffle it had late- and post-game with Riverside, the streak could be in real jeopardy.
Last year: Hillside, 35-13
Jordan at Riverside
Jordan (1-7, 1-1 PAC) finally snapped a 16-game losing streak with last week’s 17-14 victory over Roxboro Person, the Falcon’s first conference win since 2011.
Riverside (2-6, 1-1 PAC) will be a much tougher opponent. All six of the Pirates’ losses have been against teams ranked by the News & Observer among the area top 15 teams, and they’re still fighting for a playoff spot.
Last year: Riverside, 49-13
Kestral Heights vs. Fayetteville Christian School
Kestral Heights is trying get past last week’s 47-6 loss at Hobbton, and no doubt will be looking avenge last year’s shutout at the hands of Fayetteville Christian. Kestral Heights (2-7) and FCS (0-6) will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Bethesda School’s athletic field.
Winless FCS, with less than 20 players on its active roster, was drubbed 54-0 last week by Wake Christian – its second straight shutout loss. FCS coach Greg Bryant told the Fayetteville Observer that his team is three to four years away from being a contender.
Last year: Fayetteville, 56-0