Week 9 high school football previews

October 16, 2013 

SWAC Friday football games

Middle Creek (5-2, 3-0)

at Holly Springs (4-3, 3-0)

Twice in as many weeks, Middle Creek gets a first-place battle. Holly Springs has won four straight. Middle Creek enters this week ranked fourth in The News & Observer area rankings. Last year’s game was a 66-48 Middle Creek win, which stands as the highest-scoring game either school ever has been involved in.

All-time series: Middle Creek leads 4-0.

Fuquay-Varina (4-3, 1-2)

at Panther Creek (5-2, 2-1)

Both of these teams were in games decided by two points last week, with the Bengals getting their first conference win and the Catamounts picking up a first conference loss. Fuquay-Varina will need to stretch Panther Creek’s front seven from boundary to boundary to keep the Catamounts honest. Panther Creek will be keying on Fuquay fullback Damarus Williams and his up-the-gut running style.

All-time series: Fuquay-Varina leads 5-2.

Apex (2-5, 1-3)

at Cary (2-4, 0-2)

The oldest rivalry in the area has seen Cary win the last four. There is a trophy on the line as iHigh.com’s Great American Rivalry Series again has chosen this game as one of its 50 highlights across the country.

Last 10 meetings: Cary leads 6-4.

All SWAC game times are 7:30 p.m.

Teams on a bye week

Athens Drive (4-4, 2-2)

Green Hope (4-4, 1-3)

Other local games

Cardinal Gibbons (5-2) at Northern Vance (0-7), 7 p.m.

Northeast Academy (2-5) at Cary Christian (2-4), 7 p.m.

Fayetteville Christian (2-4) at Wake Christian (3-5), 7:30 p.m.

Local player of the week

Athens Drive senior running back Dominique Lynch ran 29 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 51 yards and one touchdown in a 27-23 win against Apex. His 10-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left was the game-winner.

SWAC standings


T1. Middle Creek3052
T1. Holly Springs3043
3. Panther Creek2152
4. Athens Drive2244
5. Apex1225
6. Fuquay-Varina1243
7. Green Hope1344
8. Cary0325

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