Week 7 high school football previews

October 1, 2013 

SWAC Friday matchups

Green Hope (4-2, 1-1) at Middle Creek (3-2, 1-0)

Both teams have shown they can stop the run, but will that be needed? Neither team is shy about throwing the pass in bunches. Unless another Southwest Wake Athletic Conference game goes into overtime, this likely will be the last game to be complete, thanks to the clock stopping for either first downs or incomplete passes. Green Hope enters this week ranked 12th in the News & Observer rankings, while Middle Creek is seventh.

All-time series: Middle Creek leads 8-2.

Apex (1-4, 0-1) at Fuquay-Varina (3-2, 0-1)

Apex hung in with Middle Creek, but the next step for the Cougars is learning how to win. Fuquay-Varina didn’t get stops when it needed to in a loss to Holly Springs, but has won eight straight in the series.

Last 10 meetings: Fuquay-Varina leads 8-2.

Holly Springs (2-3, 1-0) at Athens Drive (3-3, 1-1)

The Golden Hawks feel as though their back-to-back wins are a result of a young team finding its way. Meanwhile, Athens Drive’s three losses have come to teams that are now 11-4, and the Jags hold wins against 4-2 and 5-1 teams.

All-time series: Athens Drive leads 4-0.

Panther Creek (4-1, 1-0) at Cary (2-3, 0-1)

The Catamounts have allowed an average of seven points over their last four games. Cary has to win the battle at the line of scrimmage, then get good downfield blocking, to succeed Friday. The Imps run the same Wing-T offense as Wake Forest, and Panther Creek allowed just 21 offensive points in that showdown. Panther Creek is now fourth in the News & Observer rankings.

All-time series: Cary leads 4-2.

All SWAC game times are 7:30 p.m.

Other local games

No. 14 Cardinal Gibbons at J.F. Webb, 7 p.m.

Arendell Parrott Academy at Cary Christian, 7 p.m.

Wake Christian at Harrells Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Local player of the week

Middle Creek junior quarterback Brant Grisel was 24 of 32, passing for 299 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-7 win at Apex.

SWAC standings


T1. Panther Creek1041
T1. Middle Creek1032
T1. Holly Springs1023
4. Athens Drive1133
5. Green Hope1142
T6. Fuquay-Varina0132
T6. Cary0123
T6. Apex0114

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