Triangle Prep Football Central: Friday’s previews, schedules, standings

Steve Lyttle
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(News & Observer’s Sweet 16 rankings included)

Apex (0-5, 0-5 South Wake Athletic 4A) at South Garner (0-6, 0-5), 6:30 p.m. – It’s a “feel-good” game for one of these winless teams. Apex QB Max Bartelt and WR Carter Oddo are having solid seasons. South Garner freshman DB James Johnson has caused three fumbles this season.

No. 4 Apex Friendship (6-0, 5-0 South Wake Athletic 4A) at Garner (3-3, 3-2), 6:30 p.m. – The visiting Patriots aim to cap a perfect regular season. Their defense has allowed only 42 points in five conference games. But they’re facing a Garner team that has won three in a row, with RB Markyell Royster averaging nearly 150 rushing yards a contest.

Broughton (2-4, 2-3 CAP 7 4A) at No. 14 Millbrook (4-2, 4-1), 6:30 p.m. – A playoff berth awaits Millbrook if it can handle the Caps. Broughton has been susceptible to the pass this season, and Millbrook QB Ford Spainhour is averaging 212 yards in the air per game.

Cary (2-3, 2-3 Triangle 4A) at Athens Drive (3-3, 3-3), 6:30 p.m. – Don’t look for a lot of points in this game between two teams near the middle of the conference standings. These are teams with solid defenses but erratic offenses.

East Wake (1-4, 1-3 Greater Neuse 3A) at Smithfield-Selma (2-4, 0-4), 6:30 p.m. – The visiting Warriors’ hopes of finishing the season with two straight victories might rest with stopping Spartans’ RB Clevonte Watson, who has rushed for 659 yards this season.

No. 11 Hillside (4-1, 4-1 Triangle 4A) at Green Level (1-3, 1-3), 7 p.m. – The Hornets can wrap up a playoff berth with a victory at Green Level. Senior QB Aden Beatty is completing nearly 65 percent of his passes for Hillside.

Jordan (2-4, 2-4 Triangle 4A) at Green Hope (3-1, 3-1), 7 p.m. – Green Hope is another team with realistic playoff hopes. The Falcons have allowed only one touchdown in their last two games, but they haven’t played in two weeks.

No. 15 Leesville Road (4-2) at No. 16 Holly Springs (4-2), 7 p.m. – A pair of teams resting in third place in their conferences and potentially seeking a wild-card playoff berth meet in what could be a big game. Holly Springs’ defense, which started the season impressively, has been shaky in recent weeks. WR’s Nasir Winston and L.J. Lennon give Leesville Road one of the area’s top receiving duos.

No. 5 Panther Creek (5-0, 5-0 Triangle 4A) at Riverside (0-5, 0-5), 6:30 p.m. – Panther Creek QB Amari Odom, who threw for four touchdown passes last week, aims to wrap up a perfect regular season for the Panthers.

No. 1 Rolesville (5-0, 4-0 Northern Athletic 4A) at Corinth Holders (1-4, 1-2), 7 p.m. –This could be a tough test for Rolesville, which has clinched the conference’s No. 1 playoff berth. Corinth Holders is much-improved this season and has a strong ground game behind RB Jaheim Fields.

No. 7 Wake Forest (4-1, 3-1 Northern Athletic 4A) at No. 6 Heritage (4-1, 2-1), 6:30 p.m. – This is likely a win-or-else game for these teams, battling for second place in the conference. Heritage played well in last week’s 29-21 loss to Rolesville, but Wake Forest has one of the area’s stingiest defenses.

Outside Wake County

Orange (3-2, 3-2 Big 8 3A) at No. 12 Chapel Hill (4-1, 4-1), 6:30 p.m. – A victory enables the host Tigers to finish in a first-place conference tie with Southern Durham, who they beat this season. Orange is coming off its best outing of the season, a 36-6 victory over Cedar Ridge.

No. 10 Princeton (6-0, 4-0 Carolina 1A) at Rosewood (6-0, 4-0), 7 p.m. – RB Jaydon Brooks (822 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns) leads the powerful Princeton ground game. But Rosewood RB Avante George has even better numbers – 1,030 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns. These are two of the state’s best 1A teams, meeting to settle the conference championship.

Thursday games

Several late schedule changes were announced by schools, due to the possibility of stormy weather Thursday night. These changes were announced by schools, with games being played Thursday night:

No. 8 Clayton (5-1, 3-1 Greater Neuse 3A) at West Johnston (5-1, 3-1)

Enloe (0-6, 0-5 CAP 7 4A) at No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons (5-0, 5-0)

Fuquay-Varina (3-3, 2-3 South Wake Athletic 4A) at No. 9 Middle Creek (5-1, 4-1)

Knightdale (3-3, 1-3 Northern Athletic 4A) at Wakefield (1-5, 0-4)

Southeast Raleigh (1-4, 1-4 CAP 7 4A) at Sanderson (2-3, 2-3)

-- Steve Lyttle

This week’s schedule

Thursday

CAP 7 4A

Enloe at Cardinal Gibbons, 6:30

Southeast Raleigh at Sanderson, 6:30

Northern Athletic 4A

Knightdale at Wakefield, 6:30

Greater Neuse 3A

Clayton at West Johnston, 6:30

Mid-Carolina 2A

Graham at Cummings, 7

Carolina 1A

North Duplin at Hobbton, 7

Union at Lakewood, 7

Friday

CAP 7 4A

Broughton at Millbrook, 6:30

Northern Athletic 4A

Rolesville at Corinth Holders, 7

Wake Forest at Heritage, 6:30

South Wake Athletic 4A

Apex at South Garner, 6:30

Apex Friendship at Garner, 6:30

Fuquay-Varina at Middle Creek, 7

Triangle 4A

Cary at Athens Drive, 6:30

Hillside at Green Level, 7

Jordan at Green Hope, 7

Panther Creek at Riverside, 6:30

Big 8 3A

Northern at Northwood, 7

Orange at Chapel Hill, 6:30

Vance County at Cedar Ridge, 7

Greater Neuse 3A

Cleveland at South Johnston, 6:30

East Wake at Smithfield-Selma, 6:30

Eastern Plains 2A

Farmville Central at North Pitt, 6

Nash Central at North Johnston, 6

SouthWest Edgecombe at Beddingfield, 6

Mid-Carolina 2A

Bartlett-Yancey at Reidsville, 7

Carolina 1A

Princeton at Rosewood, 7

Nonconference

Leesville Road at Holly Springs, 7

J.F. Webb at Carrboro, 7

Area Standings

CAP 7 4A



Conference

All

Cardinal Gibbons

5-0

196

34



5-0-0

196

34

Millbrook

4-1

154

121



4-2-0

195

184

Leesville Road

4-2

195

68



4-2-0

195

68

Broughton

2-3

89

215



2-4-0

102

234

Sanderson

2-3

151

148



2-3-0

151

148

Southeast Raleigh

1-4

48

112



1-4-0

48

112

Enloe

0-5

92

227



0-6-0

98

269

Friday’s games

Broughton at Millbrook

Enloe at Cardinal Gibbons

Southeast Raleigh at Sanderson

Leesville Road at Holly Springs (nonconference)

Northern Athletic 4A



Conference

All

Rolesville

4-0

150

79



5-0-0

191

86

Wake Forest

3-1

49

43



4-1-0

82

50

Heritage

2-1

87

60



4-1-0

134

95

Corinth Holders

1-2

56

66



1-4-0

71

134

Knightdale

1-3

72

109



3-3-0

126

109

Wakefield

0-4

77

134



1-5-0

127

184

Friday’s games

Knightdale at Wakefield

Rolesville at Corinth Holders

Wake Forest at Heritage

South Wake Athletic 4A



Conference

All

Apex Friendship

5-0

123

42



6-0-0

186

83

Middle Creek

4-1

182

42



5-1-0

224

48

Holly Springs

4-2

121

108



4-2-0

121

108

Garner

3-2

105

100



3-3-0

112

133

Fuquay-Varina

2-3

69

68



3-3-0

86

80

Apex

0-5

76

164



0-5-0

76

164

South Garner

0-5

30

182



0-6-0

30

212

Friday’s games

Apex at South Garner

Apex Friendship at Garner

Fuquay-Varina at Middle Creek

Leesville Road at Holly Springs (nonconference)

Triangle 4A



Conference

All

Panther Creek

5-0

149

26



5-0-0

149

26

Hillside

4-1

109

43



4-1-0

109

43

Green Hope

3-1

95

33



3-1-0

95

33

Athens Drive

3-3

114

108



3-3-0

114

108

Cary

2-3

43

97



2-3-0

43

97

Jordan

2-4

71

182



2-4-0

71

182

Green Level

1-3

41

76



1-3-0

41

76

Riverside

0-5

42

99



0-5-0

42

99

Friday’s games

Cary at Athens Drive

Hillside at Green Level

Jordan at Green Hope

Panther Creek at Riverside

Big 8 3A



Conference

All

Southern Durham

5-1

187

73



5-1-0

187

73

Chapel Hill

4-1

150

65



4-1-0

150

65

Northwood

3-1

82

46



3-2-0

92

76

Orange

3-2

72

50



3-2-0

72

50

Northern

1-3

65

63



1-3-0

65

63

Vance County

0-3

14

84



0-3-0

14

84

Cedar Ridge

0-5

31

220



0-5-0

31

220

(a) East Chapel Hill















  1. – not playing this fall

Friday’s games

Northern at Northwood

Orange at Chapel Hill

Vance County at Cedar Ridge

(Southern Durham, bye)

Greater Neuse 3A



Conference

All

Cleveland

4-0

198

34



6-0-0

299

78

Clayton

3-1

172

47



5-1-0

208

59

West Johnston

3-1

112

135



5-1-0

161

164

South Johnston

1-3

102

142



2-4-0

129

182

East Wake

1-3

60

163



1-4-0

60

184

Smithfield-Selma

0-4

56

179



2-4-0

122

191

Friday’s games

Clayton at West Johnston

Cleveland at South Johnston

East Wake at Smithfield-Selma

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Eastern Plains 2A



Conference

All

Beddingfield

4-0

244

50



4-2-0

280

105

SouthWest Edgecombe

4-0

179

78



4-2-0

179

119

Nash Central

1-2

55

122



1-4-0

68

202

North Pitt

1-2

101

141



1-4-0

137

200

Farmville Central

1-3

131

152



1-5-0

151

211

North Johnston

0-4

32

199



0-6-0

32

279

Friday’s games

Farmville Central at North Pitt

Nash Central at North Johnston

SouthWest Edgecombe at Beddingfield

Mid-State 2A



Conference

All

Reidsville

3-0

180

14



5-0-0

270

28

Bartlett-Yancey

3-0

172

42



4-1-0

221

82

Cummings

1-2

123

135



3-3-0

263

278

Graham

1-2

31

132



1-4-0

37

217

Carrboro

0-4

26

209



0-6-0

36

260

Thursday’s game

Graham at Cummings

Friday’s games

Bartlett-Yancey at Reidsville

J.F. Webb at Carrboro (nonconference)

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Carolina 1A



Conference

All

Princeton

4-0

236

18



6-0-0

310

61

Rosewood

4-0

205

62



6-0-0

281

86

North Duplin

2-2

90

143



3-3-0

139

195

Hobbton

1-3

147

154



1-5-0

180

243

Lakewood

1-3

6

146



1-5-0

119

266

Union

0-4

12

209



0-5-0

117

237

Thursday’s games

North Duplin at Hobbton

Union at Lakewood

Friday’s game

Princeton at Rosewood