Game of the week
10. Heritage at No. 12 Millbrook
Heritage (6-2, 3-1) and Millbrook (6-2, 3-1) have a lot in common. They share second place in the Cap Eight 4A Conference with Leesville Road and have the same record. Each allows 12.8 points per game and both lost to league leader Wake Forest (Heritage, 33-7 and Millbrook, 35-10).
Heritage quarterback Blake Walters has 1,1354 passing yards and Millbrook QB Reid Herring has 1,123.
N&O ranked teams
7 p.m. start unless noted
No. 1 Southern Durham at Cedar Ridge
The best chance for Cedar Ridge (3-5, 1-3 Big Eight 3A) would be if the top-ranked Spartans (8-0, 4-0) are still celebrating last week’s big 33-25 win at Northwood. Southern Durham QB Kendall Hinton (129-214 passing for 1,938 yards) leads the Spartans, who have won 21 straight games.
Leesville Road at No. 2 Wake Forest
Wake Forest (8-0, 4-0 Cap Eight 4A) has been efficient on offense (41.3 points per game) and extraordinary on defense (11.6 points per game). Runner Bryce Love has run for 890 yards. Leesville Road (5-3, 3-1) has won three straight. Quarterback Clay Vick has 1,572 passing yards.
No. 3 Panther Creek at Apex
The Catamounts (7-1, 4-0 Southwest Wake 4A) allow just 7.9 points per game. The defense has given up two offensive touchdowns in the last six games. Apex (5-3, 2-2) running back Isaiah Totten (1,290 yards) will test the defenders.
Knightdale at No. 4 Garner
Garner runner Nyheim Hines leads the area with 1,490 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. Garner (7-1, 4-0 Greater Neuse 4A) has averaged 52.9 points in conference games. Knightdale (3-5, 1-3) beat the Trojans last year en route to the 2013 Greater Neuse 4A Conference championship.
No. 5 Orange at Oxford Webb
Orange (8-0, 4-0 Big Eight) came from 24 points down to defeat Chapel Hill, 38-37, last week. J.F. Webb (2-6, 0-4) has lost four straight.
Fayetteville Terry Sanford at No. 6 Lee, 7:30
Lee County (8-0, 3-0 Cape Fear Valley 3A) leads the area in scoring defense (6.4 points per game). Fayetteville Terry Sanford (5-3, 3-0) has won five of its last six.
Corinth Holders at No. 7 Cleveland, 7:30
Cleveland (7-1, 2-0 in Two Rivers 3A) has scored 49 points or more in its last four games and is averaging 47.6 points per game. Corinth Holders (5-3, 1-1) had won five straight before losing last week to South Johnston.
Northern Vance at No. 8 Northwood
Northwood (6-2, 2-2 Big Eight 3A) has the Triangle’s fourth-best scoring defense (10.2 ppg) and quarterback Ti Pinnix has passed for 1,077 yards. Northern Vance (1-7, 0-4) broke the state’s longest losing streak earlier this season.
Clayton at No. 9 East Wake
East Wake (6-2, 3-1 Greater Neuse 4A) has dropped games to No. 2-ranked Wake Forest and No. 4-ranked Garner. Quarterback Tripp Harrington has thrown for 1,668 yards. Clayton (5-3, 2-2) is led by quarterback Eric Hoy, who has passed for 1,251 yards and run for 773.
Cardinal Gibbons at No. 11 Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill (6-2, 2-2) has never beaten Cardinal Gibbons (6-2, 3-1) in a conference football game.
No. 13 Middle Creek at Athens Drive
Athens Drive (3-5, 2-2 Southwest Wake 4A) has won two straight. Middle Creek (6-2, 2-2) has last two straight. The Mustangs’ Elijah Perry (920 rushing yards) may return to the lineup tonight.
No. 14 Green Hope at Holly Springs
Green Hope (6-2, 3-1 Southwest Wake 4A) controls its own conference destiny. Holly Springs (5-3, 2-2), is coached by Wayne Bragg, the former Green Hope athletics director.
No. 15 Princeton at North Duplin, 7:30
Princeton (7-1, 2-1 Carolina 1A) has scored 43 points or more six times this season. North Duplin (3-5, 0-3) hasn’t scored more than 27 since the first week of the season. Princeton’s Johnny Frasier has 1,209 yards rushing and quarterback Michael Wootten has thrown for 1,222.
Other area games
South Granville at Bunn, 7:30
Bunn (5-3, 1-1 Northern Carolina 2A) is trying to bounce back from last week’s loss to Roanoke Rapids. South Granville (5-3, 1-1) has won five of its last six.
Jordan-Matthews at Carrboro, 7:30
Carrboro (3-5, 1-1 Mid-State 2A) needs to slow down the Jets’ offense, which features twins Rahman (QB) and Rahim (WR) Mateen. Jordan-Matthews (1-7, 0-2) scores well (24.5 ppg) but gives up 31.4 ppg.
Fuquay-Varina at Cary
Fuquay-Varina (3-5, 1-3 Southwest Wake 4A) had a great defensive effort in last week’s 9-0 loss to Panther Creek. Cary (0-4, 0-8) has struggled offensively.
Rocky Mount Academy at Cary Christian, 7:30 p.m.
In the last week of the eight-man regular season, Cary Christian (3-5) faces the unbeaten Eagles (8-0).
Ravenscroft at Charlotte Christian
Ravenscroft (5-4, 2-0) has out-scored its last three opponents 136-28.
Person at East Chapel Hill
East Chapel Hill (0-8, 0-2 PAC-6 4A) forfeited last week to Northern Durham. Person County is 1-7, 0-2.
Sanderson at Enloe
Sanderson (2-6, 1-3 Cap Eight 4A) and Enloe (2-6, 0-4) have not been consistent enough to win in the league.
Hillside at Northern Durham
Northern Durham (2-6, 2-0 PAC-6 4A) has won two straight and may be the top league challenger to Hillside (4-4, 2-0), the winner of four straight.
Jordan at Durham Riverside
Jordan (1-7, 1-1 PAC-6 4A) snapped a 16-game losing streak with last week’s 17-14 victory over Person, the Falcon’s first conference win since 2011. All six of the Pirates’ losses have been against teams in the News & Observer top 15 teams. Riverside is 2-6, 1-1.
Harnett Central at Rolesville
Rolesville (0-8, 0-4 Greater Neuse 4A), which has no seniors, faces Harnett Central (2-6, 1-3) eyeing its first win in school history.
Triton at Smithfield-Selma, 7:30
Alert: Smithfield-Selma is in the playoff race. That’s something not many observers had when the season began. The next step for the improving Spartans (2-6, 1-1 Two Rivers 3A) is to beat teams below you in the standings and that’s the chance they get this week against Triton (0-8, 0-2).
North Raleigh Christian at Wake Christian, 7:30
The Bulldogs’ third and final conference game of the year could put Wake Christian (6-3, 1-1) in a great position for the playoffs if it can defeat the visiting Knights (1-7, 0-2).
Broughton at Wakefield
Wakefield (4-4, 2-2 Cap Eight 4A) is in the playoff picture. Broughton (1-7, 0-4) has dropped seven straight.
Southeast Raleigh at West Johnston
The route to the playoffs is much easier for the winner. Southeast Raleigh (4-4, 3-1 Greater Neuse 4A) could still force a co-title in the league while West Johnston (5-3, 2-2) is working on a potential top-three finish.
South Johnston at Western Harnett, 7:30
South Johnston (3-5, 2-0) has become the team to watch in the Two Rivers 3A Conference and Western Harnett (3-5, 0-2) just might be the team nobody wants to play in the second half of the season.
Other Eastern North Carolina games
Airborne for Christ at Harrells Christian
C.B. Aycock at South Central
Camden County at Perquimans
Chatham Central at Union Academy
Clinton at West Bladen
Cummings at Bartlett Yancey
Dixon at North Brunswick
Douglas Byrd at Union Pines
E.E. Smith at Cape Fear
East Bladen at Wallace-Rose Hill
East Carteret at Southside
East Duplin at Croatan
Eastern Wayne at Greenville Conley
Fairmont at Whiteville
Farmville Central at SW Edgecombe
Fike at Rocky Mount
First Flight at Currituck
Gates County at Columbia
Goldsboro at Ayden-Grifton
Halifax Academy at Shannon Forest
Hobbton at James Kenan
Hunt at Southern Nash
Jack Britt at South View
Jacksonville at West Craven
Jordan-Matthews at Carrboro
Kinston at Greene Central
Kinston Parrott at Hobgood Academy
KIPP Pride at Weldon
Laney at Hoggard
Louisburg at Granville Central
Manteo at Cape Hatteras
Mattamuskeet at Plymouth
Midway at Trask
Nash Central at Northern Nash
North Edgecombe at Northampton
North Lenoir at South Lenoir
North Moore at East Montgomery
North Pitt at North Johnston
Northeastern at Hartwood
Northside-Jax at Southwest Onslow
Northside-Pinetown at Jones Senior
Pamlico County at Lejeune
Pasquotank at Bertie
Pender at Union
Pine Forest at Overhills
Pinecrest at Purnell Swett
Red Springs at East Columbus
Reidsville at Graham
Richlands at White Oak
Richmond County at Lumberton
Roanoke Rapids at Franklinton
Rocky Mount Academy at Cary Christian
Rocky Mount Prep at South Creek
Rosewood at Spring Creek
Sanderson at Enloe
Scotland County at Hoke County
South Brunswick at Topsail
South Columbus at St. Pauls
Southeast Halifax at Northwest Halifax
Southern Durham at Cedar Ridge
Southern Lee at Westover
Southern Vance at Warren County
Southern Wayne at New Bern
St. David’s at Northeast Academy
Tarboro at Riverside-Martin
Terry Sanford at Lee County
Washington at Beddingfield
West Brunswick at New Hanover
West Carteret at Havelock
Wilson Community at Lawrence Academy