Friday Matchups: Oct. 4

September 30, 2013 

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Friday Matchups

South Granville (4-1) at East Wake (2-3), 7

Now is no time for the Warriors to be content, despite their 54-40 win over Garner last Friday.

Northern Carolina 2A South Granville, currently the second-most winning team in that league, has won four straight games since it opened the season with a 13-point loss to Rocky Mount.

In those four wins, the Vikings averaged 44.5 points while allowing their opponents just 10 points per game. Two of the wins came on the road.

East Wake rides a 2-1 home record into the contest and will need to stick to its trend of posting 450-plus yards per game to avoid becoming the Vikings’ fifth straight victim.

Clayton (5-1) at Knightdale (4-1), 7

This game is huge, and for the Knights it is all about payback.

Clayton beat Knightdale twice in a row to end last season – once in the regular season finale and again the following week in the first round of the state playoffs.

Garner’s loss to East Wake left a mark on the early Greater Neuse River 4A standings, at least temporarily. When the Knights and Comets square off Friday, it will technically be a battle of the top two teams in the league.

It will be key for the Knightdale defense to slow down Clayton’s five-back ground attack, which has produced 21 touchdowns and more than 1,450 yards through six games so far this season.

Coach Speak

John Poulnott

East Wake head coach

East Wake coach John Poulnott said in the preseason that he could see the Greater Neuse 4A regular-season championship coming down to the Nov. 8 game between his Warriors and Knightdale.

At the time, Garner was the overwhelming league favorite.

But after East Wake defeated Garner 54-40 on Friday night, the possibility of the eastern Wake showdown is greater. Both are 1-0 in the league.

Knightdale is 4-1 with a key game against Clayton this week. East Wake is 2-3, but is averaging 456.2 yards in total offense.

“If the title came down to that last game, it would mean an awful lot to this part of the county,” Poulnott said.

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