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Prep Football: The Week Ahead, Nov. 1 Games

October 28, 2013 

Cleveland defeated Corinth Holders 34-32 Friday night.

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Friday matchups

Clayton at West Johnston, 7 p.m.

Clayton had its eyes on a third-place finish in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference and can do just that with wins over West and Southeast in its last two games. First up are the rival Wildcats, who roared through a memorable second half to pull away from Southeast last week. The second half West put together will be a big subject of conversation for Clayton this week, especially considering Clayton’s tendency this season to play better in the first half than the second half.

Corinth Holders at Smithfield-Selma, 7:30 p.m.

On paper, Corinth Holders needs to win to ensure a playoff bid in its first season of 3A play. But if they can get to seven wins, the Pirates are probably playoff-bound as a wild-card team. The Pirates are a win away from that mark as they prepare for their first meeting with Smithfield-Selma. The Spartans must figure out a way to slow down the Pirates’ passing attack.

South Johnston at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland is a win away from clinching the No. 1 playoff seeding from the Two Rivers 3A Conference and at least a share of the league championship. But things aren’t going to be easy for the Rams. This week, they meet with rival South Johnston. The Trojans fell victim to a Western Harnett rally last week, jumbling the playoff picture further. South needs to win out to have a chance at finishing third in the conference.

Conference standings

Two Rivers 3A

Conf.Overall
WLWL
Cleveland3063
Triton2172
Western Harnett2145
South Johnston1227
Corinth Holders1263
Smithfield-Selma0309

Greater Neuse River 4A

Conf.Overall
WLWL
Knightdale5081
Garner3273
Clayton2263
Southeast Raleigh2245
East Wake2236
West Johnston1335
Harnett Central0417

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