Prep Football: The Week Ahead, Nov. 1 Games

October 28, 2013 

Friday matchups

Harnett Central at East Wake, 7

If East Wake wins its final two regular season games, the worst it can finish is in a tie for second place in the conference. The Warriors can take a step in that direction with a win this Friday against Harnett Central, a team that has been pushed around in Greater Neuse River play. The Trojans were outscored by an average of 47-9 in their league games against Clayton, Southeast Raleigh, Knightdale and Garner. East Wake closes the season against a team that clearly poses a more serious challenge. Area No. 1 Knightdale will be looking to complete a 6-0 conference season when it hosts the Warriors on Nov. 8.

Corinth Holders at Smithfield-Selma, 7:30

On paper, Corinth Holders needs to win out to ensure itself of a playoff bid in its first season of 3A play. But if they can get to seven wins, the Pirates are probably playoff bound as a wild card team. The Pirates are a win away from that mark as they prepare for their first meeting with Smithfield-Selma. SSS must figure out a way to slow down the Pirates’ passing attack.

Knightdale has Friday off

After beating Greater Neuse River power Garner last week, the Knights get a week off to regroup before concluding the regular season with a home game against highway rival East Wake. With one final win, the area’s No. 1 team would enter the 4A state playoffs with a 9-1 record. Knightdale’s only loss this season was to Heritage, 23-22, on Sept. 6.

Coach Speak

John Poulnott

East Wake head coach

“We’ve got to solidify ourselves and we’re still trying to steal away a playoff position with a win (against) Harnett Central and a game (at) Knightdale. (Knightdale) is a great rivalry game – you never know what’s going to happen on a Friday night. We could find ourselves in the playoffs and playing in three weeks. We still have that goal. As a team, we’re not ready to wrap things up.”

Conference standings

Greater Neuse River 4A

Southeast Raleigh2245
East Wake2236
West Johnston1335
Harnett Central0417

Two Rivers 3A

Western Harnett2145
South Johnston1227
Corinth Holders1263

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