East Wake at Clayton, 7
Clayton healed up somewhat in its off week and begins its push for a high finish in the conference. The Comets could finish as high as second place. They’ll have to earn it – after meeting the improved Warriors this week, they face Knightdale and Southeast Raleigh.
Damontay Rhem (847 yards rushing, 9 TDs) and Trent Evans (1,485 yards passing, 573 rushing) lead a solid Warrior offense. Evan Finch is the man to watch in the East Wake passing game with eight TDs on the season.
The versatile Eric Hoy (586 yards rushing, 346 yards receiving, 9 total offensive TDs) leads a balanced Clayton offense that also features runners Jace Brown and Rodney Rowe.
Cleveland at Corinth Holders, 7:30
Yes, Cleveland’s route to the Two Rivers 3A Conference is more direct as the only team left in the league with a perfect league mark, but Corinth Holders has just as direct of a route, even after its tough double-overtime loss to South Johnston. If the Pirates win out, starting this week, they’ll get that league title.
Both teams’ defenses will be in the spotlight with the Rams trying to control the Corinth Holders’ passing attack led by Cole Sakowski. The Pirates must figure out how to manage a Ram run game featuring Shrine Bowl pick Isaac Martin.
South Johnston coach on the double-overtime win over Corinth Holders
“It was an exciting game and hard-fought battle on both sides. … The defense played great all night and gave the offense multiple opportunities. The stops and blocked kicks at the end of the game were heroic.”
Two Rivers 3A
Greater Neuse River 4A