Friday match ups
Cleveland (3-3) at Smithfield-Selma (0-6), 7:30
Cleveland’s nonconference up and down run against a schedule full of 4A teams ended two weeks ago. Now the Rams can focus on winning their first conference championship in school history. They open that quest with their first meeting against Smithfield-Selma. The Spartans need to do a better job of keeping teams off of the scoreboard in the second half of the season. They’ve allowed more than 40 a game on average.
South Johnston (1-5) at Triton (5-1), 7:30
The longest running rivalry in the new Two Rivers 3A Conference helps kick off the first week of play in the new league. Triton’s had a week to recover from its first loss of the season, while South had the week off as well. Typically, turnovers and special teams play have played a huge role. Triton has won the last three meetings.]
Western Harnett (2-4) at Corinth Holders (5-1), 7:30
Corinth Holders just keeps on finding ways to win and Western Harnett did the same in its last two outings, wins over Union Pines and Jordan-Matthews after a 0-4 start. It’s homecoming week in purple and gold land so although there will be plenty going on during the week, Corinth Holders must keep the focus on Friday’s outcome.
Hobbton (0-5, 0-2) at Princeton (3-3, 0-1), 7:30
Hobbton came oh-so-close to its first win last week (a 22-21 loss to Spring Creek) and meets a Princeton team a little bit healed up after a week off. The Bulldogs would love to start a run of wins on Friday night and position themselves for home playoff dates.
Wilson Beddingfield (3-3) at North Johnston (0-5), 7:30
Both teams are coming off of a bye week as they begin Eastern Plains 2A Conference play. Beddingfield would love to carry over the positive vibes it had after a 15-13 win over rival Wilson Hunt, a state semifinalist last year.
West Johnston (2-4, 0-2) is idle this week.
West Johnston head coach
“We’re learning what it takes to play the game. We’ve been in every game except for this one (a 62-21 loss to Garner on Oct. 3). These guys fight for themselves and each other. We’ve got a week to get a little bit healthier, come back in two weeks (against East Wake) and go after it again.”
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