7 p.m. games unless noted
No. 1 Southern at No. 9 Northwood
Northwood has had this game circled on its calendar since the start of preseason workouts after losing to Southern 56-54 last year.
Northwood coach Bill Hall said Southern’s Kendall Hinton (1,735 yards, 14 TD throws) and Northwood’s Ti Pinnix (901 passing yards, 9 TDs) are the two best high school quarterbacks in the state.
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Southern (7-0, 3-0 Big Eight 3A) has won 20 straight games, including last year’s state 3AA championship game. Northwood (6-1, 2-1) is allowing 7.0 points per game.
No. 2 Wake Forest at No. 10 Heritage
Wake Forest (7-0, 3-0) has scored 58 or more points in three of its last four games. The Cougars haven’t had a close game since beating East Wake 27-18 in the second week of the season. They are averaging 44.6 points and allowing 12.3.
Heritage (6-1, 3-0) lost to East Wake, 34-29, but otherwise have won with defense. The Huskies have held three teams without a touchdown.
Fuquay-Varina at No. 3 Panther Creek
Panther Creek (6-1, 3-0) is in control of the Southwest Wake 4A, thanks in large part to its talented defense, which scored the game’s only touchdown in last week’s defeat of Middle Creek. The Catamounts created eight turnovers in last week’s win over Middle Creek and allow 9.0 points per game. The Bengals have lost two straight.
No. 4 Garner at Harnett Central
Garner (6-1, 3-0) has won six straight and appears to be cruising through the Greater Neuse 4A. With the Garner defense continuing to improve behind the play of sophomore lineman Matthew Butler and the offense finding more complements to runner Nyheim Hines (183.1 rushing yards per game), Central (1-2, 2-5) faces a huge challenge. Hines has rushed for 22 touchdowns.
No. 11 Chapel Hill at No. 5 Orange
Orange scored in the final seconds of last year’s game to escape Chapel Hill with a 6-0 victory. The win was Orange’s fifth straight win over their county rivals. Chapel Hill averages 40.6 points per game. The Panthers allow 10.4 points per game.
No. 7 Middle Creek at Holly Springs
Holly Springs (4-3, 1-2 Southwest Wake 4A) will have an upset on the mind while Middle Creek (6-1, 2-1) is just upset. Middle Creek (6-1, 2-1) did not score a touchdown in a 13-3 loss to Panther Creek last week.
No. 8 Cleveland at Triton, 7:30 p.m.
Triton (0-7, 0-1) traditionally battles Cleveland (6-1, 1-0), but has a tough assignment this year. Cleveland has scored in the 50s three times and in the 40s twice. Quarterback Aaron Farmer has thrown for 1,498 yards and run for 581.
No. 12 Millbrook at Wakefield
Millbrook (5-2, 1-1) delivered one of the most dominating defensive efforts of the season in last week’s 28-0 win over Broughton. Wakefield (4-3, 3-1) lost to Wake Forest on Monday, 58-12.
South Johnston at No. 14 Corinth Holders, 7:30 p.m.
South Johnston (2-5, 1-0) has started slowly in several games but has put together some great second halves of play. Corinth Holders (5-2, 1-0) has won five straight after an 0-2 start. Pirates’ QB Cole Sakowski has passed for 1,343 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Spring Creek at No. 15 Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
Princeton (6-1, 1-1 in Carolina 1A) gets a Gator squad coming off of a bye week. Princeton averages 42 points a night and will be the biggest test an improved Spring Creek defense has faced this season. Princeton’s Johnny Frasier averages 149.6 yards per game.
Cary at Apex
This classic Wake County rivalry features two teams coming off losses. Apex, who has had to move wide receiver Ian Boyd to quarterback, scored only 14 points in a loss to Athens Drive. The Cougars’ Isaiah Totten averages 162.1 rushing yards.
Sanderson at Broughton
Sanderson (1-6, 0-3 Cap Eight) and Broughton (1-6, 0-3) need to get wins wherever they can.
Northern Vance at Cardinal Gibbons, 7:30
Gibbons (5-2, 2-1) was walloped on Saturday by defending state champ Southern Durham. Northern Vance (1-5, 0-2) has won just three games since the start of the 2011 season.
Burlington Cummings at Carrboro, 7:30
Carrboro (3-4, 1-0 Mid-State 2A) has struggled whenever talented RB Trai Sharp (ankle injury) has been off the field. Cummings (3-4, 1-0) topped Graham last week 32-28.
Rolesville (0-7, 0-3) at Clayton (4-3, 1-2)
Clayton tries to get back to .500 in the league with a visit from the Rams.
Northern Durham at East Chapel Hill (Forfeited)
East Chapel Hill (now 0-8, 0-2 after the forfeit) announced on its website that it will forfeit Friday night’s game against Northern Durham (now 2-6, 2-0 after the forfeit). ECH said the team doesn’t have enough healthy players and the decision was made as a safety measure.
North Johnston at Farmville Central, 7:30 p.m.
As if playing in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference isn’t tough enough, this week North (1-6, 0-1) gets a Farmville team (6-1, 0-1) coming off a tough 13-12 loss to Washington. It was the Jaguars’ first loss of the season. Farmville Central gives allows 17.3 points a game.
Riverside at Hillside
Hillside (3-4, 1-0) has won 29 consecutive conference games. Riverside (2-5, 1-0) has playoff hopes.
Roxboro Person at Jordan
Jordan (0-7, 0-1) has dropped 16 straight games. Person (0-1, 1-6) lost its PAC Six 4A opener to Northern Durham on Monday.
Enloe at Leesville Road
Enloe (2-5, 0-3 Cap 8) has four losses by 7 points or less. Leesville (4-3, 2-1) finished fast on Monday to top Sanderson 41-19.
Ravenscroft at North Raleigh Christian
Ravenscroft (4-4, 1-0) has out-scored its last two opponents 92-14. North Raleigh (1-5, 0-1) has been shut out three times.
Cary Christian at Northeast Academy, 7:30 p.m.
The Knights (2-5) make a very long trip to Lasker, a town of about 100 people in Northampton County, for this conference game hoping to win in back-to-back weeks.
Cedar Ridge at Oxford Webb
Webb (2-5, 0-3) has three straight shutout losses. Cedar Ridge (2-5, 0-3) has lost four straight.
Western Harnett at Smithfield-Selma, 7:30
Staying in the playoff race is the top priority for Western Harnett (3-4, 0-1) and Smithfield-Selma (1-6, 0-1) and the way to do that is come up with a win Friday at Tucker Stadium.
Knightdale at Southeast Raleigh
Southeast (3-4, 2-1) can stay tied for second place in the Greater Neuse with a victory, while Knightdale (3-4, 1-2) hopes to jumble the league standings with a victory. Knightdale seems to have rediscovered its scoring touch in the last two outings, averaging 34 points a game in those two games.
East Wake at West Johnston
Second place in the Greater Neuse is on the line as former East Wake head coach Jimmy Williams leads West Johnston (5-2, 2-1) against the Warriors (5-2, 2-1). Both teams are led by talented backfields and play solid defense. That all spells a game decided by turnovers and third down conversions.
Other Eastern North Carolina games
Gametime is 7:30 p.m.
Bartlett Yancey at Reidsville
Beddingfield at North Pitt
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids
Cape Fear at Pine Forest
Croatan at North Brunswick
Currituck at Bertie
First Flight at Holmes
Foundation at Harrells Academy
Graham at Jordan-Matthews
Granville Central at SE Halifax
Gray’s Creek at Terry Sanford
Greene Central at North Lenoir
Greenville Conley at C.B. Aycock
Greenville Rose at Eastern Wayne
Hobgood Academy at Wilson Community
James Kenan at Lakewood
Jones Senior at Southside
Kestrel Heights at Hobbton
Kinston at Goldsboro
Kinston Parrott at Halifax
Lawrence Academy at St. David’s
Lejeune at East Carteret
Louisburg at Kipp Pride
Manteo at Gates County
Mattamuskeet at Columbia
Nash Central at Fike
New Hanover at Laney
North Duplin at Rosewood
Northside-Jax at Dixon
Northside-Pinetown at Pamlico
Northwest Halifax at Weldon
Overhills at Seventy-First
Pasquotank at Northeastern
Red Springs at Fairmont
Richlands at West Craven
Richmond County at Purnell Swett
Riverside-Martin at North Edgecombe
Rocky Mount at Hunt
Rocky Mount Prep at Tarboro
South Central at Southern Wayne
South Creek at Northampton
South Lenoir at Ayden-Grifton
South Stanly at Chatham Central
South View at Fayetteville Smith
Southampton, Va. at Rocky Mount Academy
Southern Nash at Northern Nash
Southern Vance at South Granville
SW Edgecombe at Washington
Southwest Onslow at East Duplin
Spring Creek at Princeton
Topsail at West Brunswick
Trask at East Bladen
Union Pines at Southern Lee
Wallace-Rose Hill at Midway
Warren County at Franklinton
West Carteret at Swanboro
West Columbus at Whiteville
White Oak at Havelock