Princeton (1-2) at
North Johnston (0-3), 7:30
The visiting Bulldogs have played two incredibly close games the past two weeks – dropping both. The Panthers have been in position to get wins the last two weeks at the midway point but fell short on both occasions. Somebody’s going to get over their respective hump this week. If it’s Princeton, it will be the Bulldogs’ first win in the series since 2009.
Last Year: North Johnston, 28-21
at Clayton (3-0), 7
Clayton finishes up its four-week run against Johnston County opponents by hosting the rival Spartans, who dropped another game last week (46-14 to a talented Middle Creek squad) but showed a lot of improvement. The challenge for SSS, which hasn’t beaten Clayton since 2006, is to slow down one of the most productive rushing attacks in the state: Clayton’s wing-T. The Comets are dealing with mounting injuries, which are forcing players into bigger and/or different roles.
Last Year: Clayton, 41-7
South Johnston (0-3)
at Red Springs (0-3), 7:30
On paper, meetings between a pair of winless football teams in the fourth week of the season don’t appear very interesting at first glace. That’s not the case here. 2A Red Springs, the former home of former South Johnston head coach Joe Salas (who is now the head coach at Lumberton), has losses to two 3A schools and one 4A squad. South has shown promise on offense but must start turning nice drives into points.
Bunn (1-2) at
Corinth Holders (2-1), 7:30
Corinth Holders’ improvement on defense has been one of the biggest factors in its impressive start – two wins and a narrow loss to 3-0 Clayton. That unit gets a big challenge here from the Wildcats, which features one of the fastest groups of running backs around.
Last Year: Bunn, 40-15
West Johnston (2-1) at
Fuquay-Varina (1-1), 7:30
West hits the road coming off of a disappointing loss to rival Cleveland. The Wildcats get a chance to get back on the winning side against a Fuquay-Varina team coming off of an off week. Last year’s win over the Bengals was a huge win for West. Getting one on the road this year would be just as impressive.
Last Year: West Johnston, 42-35