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Top high school football teams face ranked foes

Wake Forest’s Shy'eem Mitchell (3) stiff-arms Broughton defender Shakell Wilson on a 10-yard gain last week. No. 2 ranked Wake Forest, which plays at No. 9 Millbrook on Friday, puts up 43.8 points per game. The Millbrook defense allows only 11 points.
Wake Forest’s Shy'eem Mitchell (3) stiff-arms Broughton defender Shakell Wilson on a 10-yard gain last week. No. 2 ranked Wake Forest, which plays at No. 9 Millbrook on Friday, puts up 43.8 points per game. The Millbrook defense allows only 11 points. newsobserver.com

The top four teams in The News & Observer high school football rankings play other ranked teams Friday night in conference games.

No. 1 Southern Durham plays at No. 7 Chapel Hill in the Big Eight 3A Conference. No. 2 Wake Forest is at No. 9 Millbrook in a Cap Eight 4A Conference showdown. No. 3 Middle Creek goes to No. 12 Green Hope in the Southwest Wake 4A Conference and No. 4 Garner is at No. 13 West Johnston in the Greater Neuse 4A Conference.

No. 1 Southern Durham at No. 7 Chapel Hill, 7 p.m.

Southern Durham (5-0, 1-0) is ranked No. 1 in the N&O and No. 1 in the Associated Press 3A poll. The Spartans were the 2013 state 3AA champions and have notched notable wins over Durham Hillside and Scotland County.

The Spartans have won 11 straight Big Eight 3A games and are riding an 18-game winning streak overall. Southern’s defense allows only 8.2 points per game and has three shutouts. Quarterback Kendall Hinton has passed for 1,074 yards.

Chapel Hill (5-0, 1-0) counters with an offense that averages 44.8 points per game.

No. 2 Wake Forest at No. 9 Millbrook, 7 p.m.

Wake Forest (5-0, 1-0) nipped Millbrook (4-1, 1-0) in four overtimes in a 2013 third round playoff game. Many of the standouts from that game are back for this year’s Cap Eight 4A regular-season matchup.

Wake Forest operates behind a big, strong offensive line and puts up 43.8 points per game. The Millbrook defense allows an average of only 11 points per game.

The Wake Forest defense stuffs teams, allowing 34 rushing yards per game and 12.8 points. Millbrook scores 30.4 behind the throwing of Reid Herring (149 yards per game) and the running of Marcus Marshall (142 yards per game).

No. 3 Middle Creek at No. 12 Green Hope, 7 p.m.

Middle Creek (5-0, 1-0), which reached the 2013 4AA semifinals, has steamed through its season. Runner Elijah Perry averages 149 yards per game while quarterback Brant Grisel passes for 214.2. Luke Massei leads Green Hope (5-1, 2-0) with 226.8 yards passing. The Mustangs have won the last nine games in the series.

No. 4 Garner at No. 13 West Johnston, 7 p.m.

Garner (4-1, 1-0) enters on a four-game winning streak, having outscored its opponents by 131 points during that stretch. Nyheim Hines has rushed for 933 yards. The Wildcats (4-0, 1-0) have won two in a row and have the playmakers to match up with Garner.

No. 5 Orange at Northern Vance, 7 p.m.

The sixth-ranked Panthers (5-0, 1-0) can be forgiven if they take their foot off the gas a bit this Friday. After last week’s battle with Northwood, Northern Vance (1-4, 0-1) seems like a chance for Orange to coast. The Vikings snapped what had been the state’s longest losing streak (24 games) when they got past winless Southern Vance 28-12 on Sept. 12. The Vikings lost 69-0 last week to Southern Durham.

Fayetteville Byrd at No. 6 Lee County, 7:30 p.m.

Last year, Fayetteville’s Douglas Byrd (0-6) was one of the toughest 3A teams in the state. This year’s club has been outscored 240 to 25. Lee County (6-0) has not allowed more than 12 points in a game this year.

Cedar Ridge at No. 10 Northwood

Both of these Big Eight rivals lost tough games last week. Cedar Ridge (2-3, 0-1) stuck with Cardinal Gibbons for three quarters in a 39-7 loss, while Northwood (4-1, 0-1) lost to No. 6-ranked Orange 14-7.

Sanderson at No. 11 Heritage, 7 p.m.

The only slip this season by Heritage (4-1, 1-0) was a 34-29 loss to East Wake. The Huskies have allowed only 10 points in its three wins. Sanderson (1-4, 0-1) has struggled on offense, scoring less than 14 points in each of its losses.

Cary at No. 14 Panther Creek, 7 p.m.

Panther Creek (4-1, 1-0) dropped its opener to Wake Forest 23-6, but has been a dominant football team since. The Catamounts have allowed 30 points and have scored at least four touchdowns in the other four games. The Imps (0-5, 0-1) are scoring 8.8 points per game, while Panther Creek is allowing just 10.6.

Leesville Road at Broughton, 7 p.m.

Leesville (2-3, 0-1) has scored only three points in the last two weeks while Broughton (0-1, 1-4) has given up 60 points in a couple of games this season.

Fuquay-Varina at Apex, 7 p.m.

Fuquay-Varina (3-2, 1-0) is led by Damarus Williams’ 657 yards rushing and 10 TDs. Apex (3-2, 0-1) is led by running back Isaiah Totten’s 885 yards and 11 TDs.

Oxford Webb at Cardinal Gibbons, 7 p.m.

The Crusdaers (4-1, 1-0) have never lost to the Warriors (2-3, 0-1) out of Oxford. The Crusaders are one point away from being unbeaten this year, while J.F. Webb is coming off a 49-0 loss to Chapel Hill.

Rolesville at East Wake, 7 p.m.

Rolesville (0-5, 0-1), a first-year varsity program with no seniors, nearly stunned Southeast Raleigh last week in the Greater Neuse 4A opener. East Wake (3-2, 0-1) moved the ball effectively in a loss to Garner.

Athens Drive at Holly Springs, 7 p.m.

Athens Drive (1-5, 0-2) has three losses by a total of nine points. Holly Springs (3-2, 0-1) has moved tight end Wade Johnson to quarterback for the last two games due to injuries.

Carrboro at Randleman

Carrboro (2-3) is coming off an open date, which was a valuable opportunity for Trai Sharp to recover from an ankle sprain. Carrboro can expect Randleman (4-1) wide receiver Juval Mollette, a North Carolina recruit, to get a lot of touches.

Knightdale at Clayton, 7 p.m.

Either Knightdale (2-3, 0-1) or Clayton (3-2, 0-1) will fall to 0-2 in the Greater Neuse 4A.

Franklinton at Corinth Holders, 7:30 p.m.

Franklinton (5-0) has been impressive so far, averaging more than 40 points a game and holding opponents to under 20. Corinth Holders (3-2) comes back after a week off.

Cary Christian at Kinston Parrott, 7:30 p.m.

The Knights (1-4) won their first game of 2014 last week, 49-6 against Community Christian of Wilson, but now make the long trip to Kinston to face undefeated Arendell Parrott (5-0).

Southampton (Va.) at St. David’s, 7:30 p.m.

Melvin Briggs leads St. David’s with 144 players per game.

North Raleigh Christian at Arden Christ School, 7:30 p.m.

NRCA will try to rebound after a 69-0 loss to Charlotte Victory Christian.

Harnett Central at Southeast Raleigh, 7 p.m.

Harnett Central (2-3, 1-0) wasn't considered to be a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference challenger until upsetting Clayton last week. Southeast (2-3, 1-0) returns home after month on the road.

Harrells Christian at Wake Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Wake Christian (4-2) carries a three-game winning streak into its Big East Independent Football opener against Harrells Christian (4-1).

Enloe at Wakefield, 7 p.m.

Wakefield (3-2, 1-0) topped Sanderson last week 36-13 in their Cap Eight 4A opener. Enloe (2-3, 0-1) has dropped three straight since opening the season with a pair of wins.

Other games

Ben Smith at Southern Vance

Bertie at Hertford

C.B. Aycock at Southern Wayne

Camden at Manteo

Cape Fear at Overhills

Carrboro at Randleman

Chatham Central at North Stanly

East Carteret at Southwest Edgcombe

Eastern Wayne at New Bern

Southampton (Va.) at St. David’s

Halifax Academy at Cary Christian

Havelock at Jacksonville

Hobbton at Spring Creek

J.H. Rose at South Central

Jack Britt at Pine Forest

Kinston at Washington

Lawrence Academy aat Hobgood Academy

New Hanover at Hoggard

North Duplin at Lakewood

North Pitt at Northside-Pinetown

Northeast Academy at Rocky Mount Academy

Pender at Midway

Perquimans at Gates

R.J. Reynolds at Parkland

Richlands at West Carteret

Rosewood at James Kenan

Scotland County at Goldsboro

South Brunswick at Laney

South Columbus at Red Springs

Southeast Guilford at Salisbury

Southern Durham at Chapel Hill, 7 p.m.

Southern Lee at Gray’s Creek

Southside at South Creek

St. Pauls at Whiteville

Topsail at Ashley

Trask at Union

Union Pines at Terry Sanford

Wallace-Rose Hill at West Bladen

Warren County at Louisburg

Westover at Hoke County

White Oak at Swansboro

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