Jon Stout

Football Friday Challenge Guide: Week 2

Posted August 21

Heritage runs over Panther Creek 43 to 0 in Week 1 of the High School Football season on Friday, August 18, 2017.
(Photo By: Beth Jewell/HighSchoolOT)

— Week 1 of the high school football season is in the books, and what a first week it was with several upsets and promising debuts. This week should not disappoint either with several high-profile matchups.

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Here’s a look at the matchups for Week 2:

Garner vs. Cleveland

Garner will look to rebound after a Week 1 loss to Clayton, the Trojans’ first loss to the Comets since 1985.

Cleveland will enter the matchup with a win under its belt after defeating Rolesville in high-scoring thriller last week, 58-37.

Sophomore quarterback Darius Ocean finished with 268 yards passing with three touchdowns, and junior running back Tyson Drew toted the mail for 185 yards and two scores in the Rams’ victory.

Wakefield vs. Millbrook

Wakefield and Millbrook will both be searching for their first victory of the year after taking losses in Week 1.

Millbrook had the toughest draw in the entire state last week, taking of defending 4AA state champion Wake Forest. The Wildcats held their own, but it didn’t show up in the final score, with Wake Forest claiming a 34-7 win.

Wakefield lost a close battle with former Cap 8 Conference foe Leesville, falling to the Pride 20-13 on Friday.

Fuquay-Varina vs. Cary

Fuquay-Varina met high-powered Terry Sanford in the first week of the 2017 season, which ultimately resulted in a loss for the Bengals, 35-19.

The Bulldogs’ 28 first-half points were too much for Fuquay-Varina to recover from, but the Bengals did match Terry Sanford with seven points apiece in the second stanza.

Cary held on to defeat Hoke County in a thriller, 31-28, led by a strong running game. Keeyon Hicks and Zachary Wagner combined for 181 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

Orange vs. Hoggard

Hoggard and Orange both had no problem picking up victories in Week 1 with each winning by 30-plus points. The Vikings dismantled Holly Springs, 48-7, and Orange pummeled Northern Nash, 40-6.

Marvante Beasley led Orange with 124 yards rushing and two scores. Hoggard's Josh Jones picked apart Northern Nash’s secondary, finishing 9-of-13 for 183 yards and four touchdown passes.

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Southern Durham

It’s going to be a trying season for the Southern Durham Spartans after losing 29 seniors to graduation, and it showed on the scoreboard against A.C. Reynolds with a 50-9 beat down.

Cardinal Gibbons won its home opener against Athens Drive with ease, claiming a 42-19 victory versus the Jaguars.

The high-powered Crusaders offense, led Nick Frey, Darren Spurill and Jack Biestek, was a force in the win.

Heritage vs. Middle Creek

Heritage and Middle Creek, two of the top 4AA teams last season, both earned Week 1 victories.

The Huskies downed Panther Creek, 43-0, powered by NC State commit Ricky Person, who finished with 20 carries for 182 yards and four touchdowns.

Middle Creek picked up its Week 1 win against 3A state final runner up Rocky Mount, knocking off the Gryphons, 33-15, in the Mustangs’ home opener.

Lee County vs. Holly Springs

Lee County earned its Week 1 victory with a shutout performance, hammering Northwood, 35-0. Holly Springs struggled in all phases against Hoggard, falling to the Vikings, 48-7.

The Hawks’ young squad certainly won’t catch a break in Week 2 with Notre Dame commit Jahmir Smith coming to Holly Springs on Friday.

Rolesville vs. Clayton

Clayton made history in Week 1, taking down rival Garner for the first time since 1985. The Comets were toppled by the Trojans, 50-0, in 2016 after starting the season with a 6-1 record.

The Comets will match up in Week 2 against Rolesville, who did fall to Cleveland in Week 1, but did put up 37 points against the Rams.

Rolesville had two running back finish with 100-plus yards in the loss — Kishawn Bobbit and Jashaun Patterson.

Clayton also got it done on the ground. The Comets had seven players carry the ball at least one time, finishing with 213 total rushing yards and five touchdowns. Trevaun Richardson led the group with 13 carries for 62 yards and three scores.

D.H. Conley vs. Rocky Mount

D.H. Conley nearly made a miraculous comeback last week against Northeastern, but the Vikings fell by six points, 55-49, in overtime under the lights on Thursday.

Rocky Mount had a disappointing showing in Week 1 against Middle Creek. The Gryphons dropped its opener on the road to the Mustangs, 35-15.

The Gryphons held tight with Middle Creek, only trailing by a point at halftime, but the Mustangs shut out Rocky Mount 17-0 in the second half.

Bunn vs. Franklinton

Bunn held on in Week 1 to defeat North Lenoir, 31-30, powered by a heavy run attack. The Wildcats used seven players to total 47 carries for 250 yards and three scores on the ground.

Frankllin’s offensive production wasn’t near the power of Bunn’s, but the Rams did manage to shut out Northern Vance, 12-0.

Like the Wildcats, Franklinton used a run-first approach to take down Northern Vance, garnering 32 carries for 241 yards and two scores as a unit.

Tiebreaker: Scotland County vs. Hillside

Scotland County will look to rebound against Hillside after its Week 1 loss to Charlotte powerhouse Mallard Creek, 28-21.

Hilliside was victorious in its Week 1 matchup against New Bern, downing the Bears 33-0 on Friday.

All eyes will be on the two Division-I running back commits, Scotland’s Zamir White and HIillside’s Jamal Elliot. White committed to Georgia, and Eliott will be taking his talents to Oregon next season.

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