FOUR PLAYERS TO WATCH
Anderson Hardy, Sanderson: The 6-6, 260-pound senior offensive tackle is adding offers rapidly, going from zero to four – with East Carolina being the first – in the matter of a week.
Andrew Ihle, Middle Creek: The quarterback they call “Moose” has completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,488 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions while battering defenses with 332 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
Drake Thomas, Heritage: The junior linebacker is one of the most coveted in-state recruits in his class, with offers from almost all the ACC schools and even one from Michigan.
Bryce Wheaton, Holly Springs: The West Virginia wide receiver recruit has been hurt most of the year but scored last week on an end-around.
GAMES TO WATCH
No. 14 South Granville (8-0, 5-0) at Bunn (6-2, 5-0): The Northern Carolina 1A/2A Conference title is on the line.
No. 17 Cleveland (5-3, 2-0) at No. 6 Clayton (8-0, 2-0): The Greater Neuse River 3A Conference title is on the line.
J.H. Rose (3-5, 2-1) at No. 12 D.H. Conley (7-1, 3-0): Last year, these two rivals combined for 144 points, which was a state record for all of two weeks.
Rocky Mount (3-4, 2-0) at No. 23 Fike (5-3, 1-1): The Big East 3A Conference gets two automatic bids. The winner of this one likely gets the second spot behind Southern Nash.
Garner (4-4, 2-0) at No. 13 Fuquay-Varina (6-2, 1-1): They haven’t met in the regular season in quite awhile, but there’s no reason these two South Wake 4A schools can’t form a rivalry.
West Craven (4-4, 3-0) at No. 22 Kinston (7-1, 2-1): Kinston goes from having dreams of an 11-0 season to battling to keep an automatic playoff spot.
No. 8 Sanderson (5-3, 2-1) at Millbrook (4-5, 2-2): The North Raleigh Rivalry is a can’t-miss atmosphere, especially when both teams are in the playoff mix.
Beddingfield (5-3, 2-0) at No. 25 Nash Central (6-2, 1-1): Beddingfield’s better than the record indicates. This could be a battle for the league’s second of two automatic berths.
No. 16 Hillside (3-4, 2-1) at No. 24 Northern Durham (6-2, 3-1): Hillside just saw its 40-game conference win streak end. Can the Hornets bounce back?
No. 20 Northwood (6-2, 3-0) at No. 7 Orange (6-1, 3-0): The Big Eight 3A Conference title is on the line.
North Duplin (8-0, 2-0) at Princeton (6-2, 2-0): The Bulldogs get to test themselves against a state-ranked 1A team.
Arendell-Parrott (7-0, 4-0) at Rocky Mount Academy (8-0, 4-0): The top seed in the state 2A 8-man football playoffs is on the line between two programs that have combined to win the last five titles.
New Bern (4-5, 3-1) at No. 19 South Central (7-1, 3-0): If New Bern wins, it has the inside track on the top seed from the 4A split of the Eastern Carolina 3A/4A Conference.
Check with school for times; most Triangle games are at 7 p.m.
PrepsNow ranking included
No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons at Broughton
No. 8 Sanderson at Millbrook
Leesville Road at Southeast Raleigh
No. 2 Heritage at Knightdale
Rolesville at No. 1 Wake Forest
Corinth Holders at Wakefield
South Wake 4A:
No. 9 Middle Creek at Apex
Garner at No. 13 Fuquay-Varina
Apex Friendship at Holly Springs
Triangle 6 4A:
Athens Drive at Cary
Riverside at No. 11 Green Hope
Jordan at Panther Creek
Eastern Carolina 3A/4A:
Southern Wayne at C.B. Aycock
J.H. Rose at No. 12 D.H. Conley
New Bern at No. 19 South Central
Big East 3A:
Rocky Mount at No. 23 Fike
Northern Nash at Franklinton
Southern Nash at Hunt
Big Eight 3A:
No. 16 Hillside at No. 24 Northern Durham
No. 20 Northwood at No. 7 Orange
Cedar Ridge at Southern Durham
Greater Neuse River 3A:
No. 17 Cleveland at No. 6 Clayton
South Johnston at Smithfield-Selma
East Wake at West Johnston
Western Harnett at Harnett Central
Union Pines at No. 3 Lee County
Triton at Southern Lee
Eastern Carolina 2A:
South Lenoir at Greene Central
West Craven at No. 22 Kinston
No. 21 Ayden-Grifton at North Lenoir
Eastern Plains 2A:
No. 18 SouthWest Edgecombe at Farmville Central
Beddingfield at No. 25 Nash Central
North Johnston at North Pitt
Northern Carolina 1A/2A:
No. 14 South Granville at Bunn
J.F. Webb at Louisburg
Granville Central at Northern Vance
Southern Vance at Warren County
Wake Christian at Harrells Christian
North Raleigh Home School at North Raleigh Christian
Ravenscroft at Village Christian
Community Christian at Bethel Christian
Faith Christian (Rocky Mount) at Grace Christian (Raleigh)
Wayne Christian at Hobgood/Northeast Co-op
Arendell-Parrott at Rocky Mount Academy
St. David’s at Southampton Academy (Va.)
Graham at Carrboro
South Stanly at Chatham Central
Wallace-Rose Hill at Goldsboro
Person at McMichael
Northwest Halifax at North Edgecombe
North Duplin at Princeton
No. 10 Tarboro at Riverside (Williamston)
Union at Rosewood
South Wake Home School at Sandhills Home School
No. 15 Pinecrest at Scotland
Clinton at Spring Creek
North Moore at West Montgomery
Overhills at Westover