SWAC Friday Football Games
Fuquay-Varina (6-4, 3-3)
at Middle Creek (8-2, 6-0)
This rivalry has usually determined who wins the conference, but this year Middle Creek has it wrapped up already. The Bengals are assured of making the playoffs but only as a wild card.
All-time series: Middle Creek leads 6-5.
Green Hope (5-5, 2-4)
at Panther Creek (8-2, 5-1)
Until now, these two rivals have never played when both teams had a .500 record entering their showdown. Green Hope should get into the playoffs with a win, while Panther Creek has the conference’s 2-seed tied up.
All-time series: Panther Creek leads 4-2.
Cary (3-7, 1-5)
at Athens Drive (4-6, 2-4)
Separated by only a handful of stop lights, Cary and Athens Drive have developed a rivalry in the nine years they have been conference opponents. Athens Drive must win to have a shot at the postseason. In three of the past four meetings, the game was decided by six points or less.
Last 10 meetings: Cary leads 6-4.
Holly Springs (5-5, 4-2)
at Apex (2-8, 1-5)
Both teams struggled mightily to hold onto the football in last week’s games played in a downpour. Although this game isn’t quite the rivalry of the other schools, it does have some history. Apex was Holly Springs’ first-ever varsity football opponent.
All-time series: Series tied 3-3.
All SWAC football games start at 7:30 p.m.
Other Local Games
Northwood (8-2, 4-2)
at Cardinal Gibbons (7-3, 4-2)
The winner of this game will get the 3-seed out of the Big Eight 3A Conference entering next week’s playoffs. The loser will be one of the highest wild cards.
Game time: 7 p.m.
Wake Christian (6-5)
at Harrells Christian (7-3)
The bracket makers were unkind to the Bulldogs, who are in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II playoffs, but listed as a 7-seed. Harrells Christian beat the Dawgs 54-14 during the regular season.
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
Player of the week
On a soggy playing field that grounded the Falcons’ passing game, Green Hope running back Demetrice Massenburg stepped up with 27 carries for 238 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-7 win against Apex.
|1. Middle Creek||6||0||8||2|
|2. Panther Creek||5||1||8||2|
|3. Holly Springs||4||2||5||5|
|5. Athens Drive||2||4||4||6|
|6. Green Hope||2||4||5||5|