Friday match ups
Corinth Holders (6-1, 1-0) at South Johnston (1-6, 0-1), 7:30
Corinth Holders makes its first trip to meet Johnston County rival South Johnston. The Pirates’ passing attack led by Cole Sakowski is one of the most efficient in the state (175.7 efficiency rating) so a week after struggling against Triton’s rushing attack, South’s defense must switch its focus to the air.
The Trojans will look for big plays in their passing attack and on special teams. Two trademarks of big South Johnston wins in previous years.
West Johnston (2-5, 0-2) at East Wake (2-5, 1-1), 7
East Wake has lost two straight after its big win over Garner, so the Warriors are looking for a bounce-back effort against a West team coming off of its bye week and a little bit healthier after the break. West must find a way to slow down runner Damontay Rhem (847 yards, 9 TDs) and quarterback Trent Evans (1,485 yards).
Smithfield-Selma (0-7, 0-1) at Western Harnett (2-5, 0-1), 7:30
SSS makes the trek deep into Harnett County looking to end its 37-game losing streak. Western was a team of two halves against Corinth Holders: great in the opening frame, not so great in the second half getting outscored by the Pirates 30-0 in the final two quarters.
Princeton (4-3, 1-1) at Spring Creek (2-5, 1-1), 7:30
Princeton was dominant in a 50-0 win over winless Hobbton last week, while Spring Creek had an open date. The Gators offense will need to have a big day against the Bulldogs’ attack. Spring Creek averages just 15 points a game; Princeton averages 35.
Farmville Central (5-1, 0-1) at North Johnston (0-6, 0-1), 7:30
Conference play didn’t feature the start either Farmville Central or North Johnston wanted last week. The Jaguars suffered their first loss of the season (to Washington). North has scored two touchdowns or less in its last three games.
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