Harnett Central (1-3) at Clayton (4-1), 7 p.m.
Clayton was handed its first big dose of adversity last week in the loss to Fuquay-Varina, and the Comets couldn’t stop the Bengals’ momentum in the second half. It wasn’t the performance the Comets wanted in its first game of the season against a 4A opponent.
It’s all 4A from here on out for Clayton with conference play opening this week against Harnett Central. The Trojans have given up 94 points in its last two games combined against rivals Overhills and Triton.
Durham Riverside (3-2) at Cleveland (3-2), 7:30 p.m.
Both teams are 3-2 on the backs of thrilling victories: Cleveland’s legendary 45-44 triumph over Garner in the second week of the season and Riverside in double overtime over Apex last week. Riverside has had four games decided by a touchdown or less. It won three of those, including two in overtime. Cleveland is even on the scoreboard this season, giving up 169 and scoring 169 of its own.
Corinth Holders (4-1) is idle this week. The Pirates visit Franklinton on Oct. 4.