Southwest Wake: Sports

Week 3 football previews in southwestern Wake

After scoring his fifth rushing touchdown of the night, Apex back Isaiah Totten (5) jokes with teammate Ian Boyd (15), left, as he returns to the bench. The Leesville Road Pride football team played at the Apex Cougars on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Apex won the game 44-14.
After scoring his fifth rushing touchdown of the night, Apex back Isaiah Totten (5) jokes with teammate Ian Boyd (15), left, as he returns to the bench. The Leesville Road Pride football team played at the Apex Cougars on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Apex won the game 44-14. newsobserver.com

Friday’s football games

Sanderson at Apex

The Cougars are hoping to extend their winning streak to three by handling the Spartans at home. Sanderson coach Ben Kolstad is 7-3 against Apex dating back to his nine years at Cary High.

Head to head: Sanderson won 17-14 last year.

Lee County at Athens Drive

The Jaguars host former Tri-9 Conference foe Lee County. Five of the last six in the series have been decided by eight points or fewer, including last year’s 28-26 win by Athens. The Yellow Jackets have one of the best 3A teams in the eastern part of the state.

Head-to-head: Athens Drive leads series 6-5 since 1999.

Wake Forest at Cary

The Imps run the double-wing, and Wake Forest runs the Wing-T. Both have big bodies, but only Wake Forest has multiple Division I recruits on both sides of the ball.

Head-to-head: Wake Forest won last year 48-14.

Jordan at Green Hope

In a battle of the Falcons, Jordan will make the trip down N.C. 54 and, in a few turns, arrive at Green Hope. Green Hope demolished Jordan 46-8 last season.

Head-to-head: Jordan leads all-time series 6-1.

Smithfield-Selma at Middle Creek

The Mustangs are one of the area’s best teams, and Smithfield-Selma is one of the most hapless. The Spartans broke a 40-game losing streak at the end of last season but started this year with a 39-0 loss.

Head-to-head: Middle Creek won last year 46-14.

Panther Creek at Rolesville

The Catamounts will get the honor of being Rolesville’s first visiting opponent. Rolesville, in its first year of varsity football, has been on the road for the season’s first two weeks.

Head-to-head: No prior meetings.

St. David’s at Cary Christian

The Knights will get their first home game of the year against the rival Warriors, where former N.C. State quarterback Daniel Evans is now the head coach.

Head-to-head: Cary Christian won last year 22-6.

Cardinal Gibbons at Ravenscroft (7:30)

The Crusaders and Ravenscroft may be in different associations now, but this classic battle between private schools in Raleigh is dripping with history.

Head-to-head: Cardinal Gibbons leads 7-4 since 2003.

High Point Christian at Wake Christian (7:30)

The Bulldogs welcome the Cougars out of High Point.

Head-to-head: High Point Christian won last year 38-12.

All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Week 2 player of the week

Isaiah Totten, Apex: The junior running back was a workhorse in a 44-14 blasting of Leesville Road on Thursday. He had 29 carries for 205 yards and five touchdowns.

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