Football

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

Conf.Overall
WLWL
Knightdale5081
Garner3273
Clayton2263
Southeast Raleigh2245
East Wake2236
West Johnston1335
Harnett Central0417

Two Rivers 3A

Conf.Overall
WLWL
Cleveland3063
Triton2172
Western Harnett2145
South Johnston1227
Corinth Holders1263
Smithfield-Selma0309

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