Jon Stout

Football Friday Challenge Guide: Week 5

Posted September 13

Devon Lawrence #3 of Wake Forest. Wake Forest rolls over Leesville Road 42-7 Friday night September 8, 2017 (Photo by Jack Tarr/

— Week 4 of the high school football season is in the books, and what an exciting week it was.

This week will feature a number of interesting matchups, including several rivalry games and teams fighting to keep their unbeaten records intact.

Don’t forget to make your picks for a chance to win prizes weekly in the Football Friday Challenge.

Here’s a look at the matchups for Week 5:

Panther Creek at Middle Creek

It’s the battle of the creeks on Friday between Middle Creek and Panther Creek.

Middle Creek evened its record to 2-2 last week with a 34-22 victory in Raleigh against Millbrook after losing two-straight games against two of the state’s best teams — Wake Forest and Heritage.

Panther Creek continues to look for its first win after dropping its fourth straight last week. The Catamounts took a beating at the hands of Apex Friendship in Week 4, falling to the Patriots, 42-14, in Apex.

Rocky Mount at Havelock

Havelock rebounded after taking its first loss of the season in Week 3, shutting out J.H. Rose, 54-0, in Week 4. The Rams were held to less than 41 points for the first time in its lone loss of the season.

Rocky Mount, the 1A state champion runner-up, picked up its first win of the season in Week 3 after losing its first two to Middle Creek and D.H. Conley.

The Gryphons have scored more than 40 points in each of itchier last two games.

Leesville Road at Garner

Garner and Leesville both enter Week 5 looking to rebound after a loss last week.

The Trojans lost a heartbreaker to visiting New Hanover, falling to the Wildcats, 41-38.

Garner jumped out to a quick 20-7 lead in the first half, but New Hanover outscored the Trojans 34-18 over the final three quarters to complete the comeback win. The Trojans moved to 1-3 on the season following the loss.

Leesville earned back-to-back wins to start the 2017 season, but the Pride has dropped its last two against Green Hope and Wake Forest. The Pride was only able to find the endzone once in its Week 4 matchup against Wake Forest.

Rolesville at Broughton

The Rams and Capitals earned a loss last week, both by seven points or less.

Rolesville played Orange close but fell to the Panthers by a touchdown, 28-21, in tight contest. Broughton lost by only two points on the road to Knightdale, 23-21.

Broughton won its first game of the season, but the Capitals have lost three-straight contests to Athens Drives, Cary and Knightdale.

Rolesville picked up its first win of the year in Week 3 against East Wake, 13-8, but the Rams have fallen victim to Cleveland, Clayton and Orange.

Wake Forest at Southern Nash

The defending 4AA state champion Wake Forest Cougars will look to keep its unblemished record intact Friday night in a road matchup against undefeated 3A Southern Nash.

Wake Forest has hardly been threatened thus far in the season. The Cougars are averaging 42.5 points per contest and holding opponents to 10.7 points.

The Cougars have claimed victory against Millbrook, Richmond County, Middle Creek and Leesville Road.

Like Wake Forest, Southern Nash has been dominant this season. The Firebirds have scored an average of 47.5 points per game and holding opponents to 10.5.

Southern Nash won its only other game against a 4A opponent this season, taking down Green Hope, 38-28, in Week 1. The Firebirds have allowed only 14 points total in the last three weeks.

Sanderson at Green Hope

There won’t be any shortage of talent when Sanderson tangles with Green Hope on Friday HighSchoolOT Live's Game of the Week.

Three of the top recruits in the area will be on display — Sandrson’s Trent Pennix and Alim McNeill, and Green Hope’s Jordyn Adams.

Green Hope enters the game having won its last three straight against Apex, Leesville Road and Holly Springs. The Falcons’ only loss came at the hands of Southern Nash in Week 1.

Sanderson followed up two-straight wins with a loss to Heritage, 28-7, in Week 4 to move the Spartans to 2-2 on the young season.

The Spartans two wins have come agains teams with a combined record of 3-5.

Knightdale at Enloe

First-year Enloe head coach Ken Blocker has the Eagles on the right track. Enloe enters Friday’s tilt with a 3-1 record, having won its last three games.

The Eagles have claimed wins against Southern Lee, Apex Friendship and Athens Drive. Enloe’s only loss was a three-point decision to Triton in Week 1.

Enloe hasn’t won more than three games in a season since 2009.

Knightdale will be looking for back-to-back wins after taking down Broughton last week. The Knights were three points away from also claiming three wins this season, but they fell in overtime to Athens Drive, 31-28, in Week 3.

Fike at Clayton

In one of the more interesting matchups of Week 5, Fike will make the trek from Wilson to take on unbeaten Clayton on Friday night.

Fike enters the tilt with a 3-1 record, with wins against Northern Durham, East Wake and Beddingfield. Its only loss was a three-point defeat at the hands of Kinston.

Clayton’s balanced attack on both sides of the ball have led to four-straight wins. The Comets have defeated Garner, Rolesville, Corinth Holders and Harnett Central.

The Comets defense has held opponents 27 total points in four games this season, and Clayton’s offense has averaged 40 points a game.

Cleveland at Fuquay-Varina

Cleveland and Fuquay-Varina enter Week 5 with opposite results in the last two weeks. The Rams have lost two straight, and the Bengals are winners of the last two games.

Fuquay-Varina averaged 34.5 points in the last two weeks against Cary and Wakefield, moving the Bengals’ record to 2-1 on the season.

After winning its first two games of the season against Rolesville and Garner, Cleveland dropped its next two against Terry Sanford and Cardinal Gibbons.

The Rams have allowed 40 points or more in each of its two losses.

Overhills at Cape Fear

Cape Fear took down cross-town rival Terry Sanford last week to move the Colts’ season record to 3-1. The Colts took its first loss of the season in Week 4 to undefeated New Hanover, 26-19.

Overhills also enters Friday’s tilt as a one-loss club after taking its first loss last week against E.E. Smith.

The Jaguars were held to a season-low 15 points against the Golden Bulls. Overhills has scored at least 47 points in each of its two wins this year.

Tiebreaker: West Carteret at Lee County

Lee County and West Carteret both enter Friday’s matchup with 4-0 records.

The Yellow Jackets’ defense was on a tear in the first three weeks, not allowing any points, but Lee County allowed Hoke County to score 27 points last week.

But despite the Jackets’ allowing points for the first time the season, Lee County took down Hoke County, 55-27, for its fourth-straight victory.

West Carteret has outscored opponents 82-13 over the last two weeks against Croatan and West Craven. The team also earned wins against Southeast Raleigh and East Carteret in the first two weeks this season.

The Patriots have averaged 41.5 points per game this season.


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