Friday Matchups: Oct. 11

October 7, 2013 

Knightdale’s DaQuan Lilly, left, and Lamont Chaney celebrate after scoring against Clayton in Knightdale, N.C. on Friday, October 4, 2013. Knightdale won 52-27.

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Friday Matchups

Knightdale (5-1, 2-0) at Harnett Central (1-5, 0-2)

The Trojans, whose lone win was over county rival Western Harnett, were overwhelmed in a 42-point loss at Clayton on Sept. 27.

Last week, Knightdale sparked early and overwhelmed the same Comets team by 25 points.

If A is greater than B and B is greater than C, Harnett Central could be in for a long night against the Knights on Friday.

But expect the Trojans to be hungry at home. They’ve never defeated a Knightdale team coached by Rob Senseney.

Harnett Central’s last win over the Knights was a 35-7 victory in 2009 – the last season the Trojans won the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference title.

East Wake (2-4, 1-0) at Southeast Raleigh (2-3, 1-0)

The Warriors passed their first test against a league power when they stunned Garner 54-40, their first victory over the Trojans since 2004.

That season was also the last time East Wake defeated Southeast Raleigh.

While the Bulldogs snapped a six-year winning-season streak when they went 6-6 last year, they rolled Harnett Central on Friday in their conference season opener.

Whether Southeast will return to conference power status this season has yet to be determined.

But for the Warriors – who recorded a 45-33 loss to South Granville last week after holding a 2-point advantage at one point in the second half – this is a chance to regroup and beat another big name in the Greater Neuse.

Coach Speak

Rob Senseney

Knightdale head coach

In the sixth game of his fourth season, Knightdale coach Rob Senseney got what should go down as his signature win.

The victory over Clayton, Senseney’s first, was a statement that left the Knights in the driver’s seat in the conference standings.

The coach often speaks about building identity and a winning tradition at Knightdale. After the victory over the Comets, he reminded his seniors of a guarantee he made when they were freshmen.

“I told you four years ago this is where we’d be, didn’t I?” Senseney said.

The senior Knights weren’t the only ones who witnessed his told-you-so remarks. Players who will return next season also heard it. For a program looking to get its players to believe in the system and buy in, that could pay dividends.

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