High School Sports

Conference titles clinched in Week 11 of the high school football season. So what’s next?

Jaquel Watkins (12) of Green Hope carries the ball against the pursuit of J'nai Francis (9) and Tysean Williamson (5) of Jordan. The Green Hope Falcons visited the Jordan Falcons in a high school football game on Oct. 27, 2017. Green Hope won 48-20.
Jaquel Watkins (12) of Green Hope carries the ball against the pursuit of J'nai Francis (9) and Tysean Williamson (5) of Jordan. The Green Hope Falcons visited the Jordan Falcons in a high school football game on Oct. 27, 2017. Green Hope won 48-20. newsobserver.com

Wake County

It all comes down to this: Tickets are on sale already for Wake Forest (10-0, 4-0 Northern 4A) and Heritage (10-0, 4-0) next week. There’s a conference title at stake between the two teams that are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the state. Another heated rivalry, Garner (6-4, 4-0 South Wake 4A) at Middle Creek (8-2, 4-0) will decide that conference title.

Is Friendship in the playoffs?: In its first season with seniors, Apex Friendship (5-5, 2-2 South Wake 4A) could be playing its way into the playoffs after an upset over Fuquay-Varina (6-4, 1-3). The Patriots may still have to win their last game, against Backyard Brawl-rival Apex next week, to get in.

Championships clinched: Cardinal Gibbons (10-0, 5-0) won the Cap-7 4A in its first year while Sanderson (7-3, 4-1) locked up the 2-seed. Green Hope (8-2, 4-0) topped Jordan (5-5, 3-1) to win the Triangle 6 4A.

Johnston County

Clayton clinches: Clayton (10-0, 4-0) has the Greater Neuse River 3A Conference title, its first conference title since 2004. Cleveland (6-4, 3-1) will take on South Johnston (7-3, 3-1) in the finale for the 2-seed.

Classy move: It was a week of mourning for Cleveland after losing assistant coach John Jacobs on Tuesday morning to cancer. West Johnston (2-8, 1-3) may be the Rams’ closest rival, but the fans joined in for a “silent kickoff” in memory of Jacobs. No one made a sound during the opening kickoff until the ball carrier was tackled.

Durham, Orange, Chatham and Person counties

Big Eight chaos: Northwood (7-3, 4-1 Big Eight 3A) lost to Hillside (4-5, 3-2) and now there’s a three-way tie for first place that will be broken next week. Orange (7-2, 4-1) will be rooting for Northern Durham (7-2, 4-1) next week against Northwood. If Northern wins, Orange takes the 1-seed and Northern the 2-seed as they “share” a conference title. If Northwood wins, then Orange and Northwood are “co-champs,” but Northwood would take the 1-seed on head-to-head tiebreaker. There is no way in which Northern can get a 1-seed, or that there will be a three-way tie, but Northern can still hang a banner if it wins.

Eastern counties (Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt Wayne, Wilson)

Buy your tickets ASAP: D.H. Conley (9-1, 5-0) and South Central (9-1, 5-0), separated by a few miles and twice as many four-way stops, will be playing for the Eastern Carolina 3A/4A title next week.

Championships clinched: West Craven (6-4, 5-0) has wrapped up the Eastern Carolina 2A and Southern Nash (9-1, 4-0) the Big East 3A.

2-seeds clinched: Eastern Wayne (5-4, 2-3 Eastern Carolina 3A/4A) didn’t win a title, but the Warriors may have wrapped up the 2-seed from their conference by defeating J.H. Rose (3-7, 2-3). Fike (7-3, 3-1 Big East 3A) has clinched the 2-seed in its conference as well.

Northern counties (Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren)

Seeds decided: South Granville (10-0, 7-0 Northern Carolina 1A/2A) is conference champ while Bunn (7-3, 6-1) will be the 2A 2-seed.

Southern counties (Harnett, Lee, Moore)

Union Pines survives: Triton (5-5, 2-2), Southern Lee (5-5, 3-1) and Union Pines (5-5, 2-2) could still finish tied for second in the Tri-County 6 3A. Triton is the most fortunate team out of this: If Union Pines had lost in overtime to Harnett Central, Southern Lee would win a head-to-head tiebreaker over Triton. Southern Lee is aiming higher – the Cavaliers could win the conference title with a Brick City Bowl upset over Lee County next week.

Overhills, Pinecrest sliding up: Overhills (7-3, 4-3 Patriot 3A/4A) is a win away from taking the 1-seed in its conference. There is no 2-seed available, so the Jaguars will need to close out strong next week. Pinecrest (6-4, 3-3 Sandhills 4A) upset Jack Britt, which won’t do much for seeding, but will be big for confidence.

Your weekly Lee County update: Ten games, 10 wins, eight shutouts and 34 points allowed all season.


PrepsNow ranking included

Cap-7 4A: Southeast Raleigh at No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons (won 52-12); Enloe at No. 20 Leesville Road (won 33-6); Broughton at No. 8 Sanderson (won 59-7)

Northern 4A: Rolesville at No. 2 Heritage (won 55-6); Knightdale (won 42-19) at Corinth Holders; No. 1 Wake Forest (won 56-0) at Wakefield

South Wake 4A: No. 23 Fuquay-Varina at Apex Friendship (won 32-21); Apex at No. 21 Garner (won 48-0); No. 7 Middle Creek (won 55-14) at Holly Springs

Triangle 6 4A: Panther Creek at Athens Drive (won 50-13); No. 10 Green Hope (won 42-20) at No. 22 Jordan; Cary (won 18-14) at Riverside

Eastern Carolina 3A/4A: No. 14 South Central (won 76-14) at C.B. Aycock; Eastern Wayne (won 49-43) at J.H. Rose; No. 11 D.H. Conley (won 56-14) at Southern Wayne

Big East 3A: Franklinton at Hunt (won 15-14); No. 17 Fike (won 33-23) at Northern Nash; No. 5 Southern Nash (won 35-7) at Rocky Mount

Big Eight 3A: No. 16 Orange (won 42-0) at Cedar Ridge; Southern Durham (won 56-26) at Chapel Hill; Hillside (won 35-28) at No. 15 Northwood

Greater Neuse River 3A: No. 6 Clayton (won 56-13) at Smithfield-Selma; East Wake at South Johnston (won 20-6); No. 24 Cleveland (won 70-27) at West Johnston

Tri-County 3A: No. 3 Lee County (won 44-7) at Triton; Harnett Central at Union Pines (won 12-6, OT); Southern Lee (won 55-7) at Western Harnett

Eastern Carolina 2A: South Lenoir at North Lenoir (won 42-14); Kinston (won 21-12) at Washington; Ayden-Grifton at West Craven (won 14-0)

Eastern Plains 2A: Farmville Central at Beddingfield (won 42-21); No. 13 SouthWest Edgecombe (won 41-21) at North Johnston; No. 19 Nash Central (won 70-6) at North Pitt

Northern Carolina 1A/2A: Louisburg at Bunn (won 45-14); No. 12 South Granville (won 55-9) at Granville Central; Northern Vance (won 33-15) at J.F. Webb; Roanoke Rapids (won 62-35) at Warren County

NCISAA 11-man: Harrells Christian at Ravenscroft (won 30-12); North Raleigh Christian at Wake Christian (won 30-7)

NCISAA 8-man: Faith Christian (Rocky Mount) at Arendell-Parrott (won 32-14); Grace Christian (Raleigh) at Rocky Mount Academy (won 56-12); Cary Christian at St. David’s (won 63-0); Hobgood/Northeast Co-op (won 58-44) at Wayne Christian

Other: Spring Creek at Goldsboro (won 62-0); Princeton at Lakewood (won 47-0); Rosewood at North Duplin (won 28-21); North Stanly (won 42-2) at North Moore; North Edgecombe (won 42-14) at Rocky Mount Prep; South View at No. 25 Overhills (won 30-27); Rockingham County (won 37-7) at Person; Jack Britt at Pinecrest (won 23-13); Carrboro at Providence Grove (won 32-14); Chatham Central at South Davidson (won 20-12); Jordan-Matthews at Wheatmore (won 22-0)

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