No. 12 Wake Forest (8-3)
at No. 5 Panther Creek (9-2)
At the beginning of the year, no one would have believed Wake Forest would lose three conference games and finish fifth in the Cap-8. Panther Creek especially, because it saw how good the Cougars were in a 28-14 loss. Ignore the seeds, this 4AA East game will have a second- or third-round feel.
Last time they met: Wake Forest won 28-14 in this year’s season opener.
No. 15 Fuquay-Varina (6-5)
at No. 2 Middle Creek (9-2)
When 12 of the 16 teams in the 4AA East bracket are from Wake County, a conference rematch is going to occur. Two did, but what makes the Fuquay-Middle Creek rematch interesting is these two played just last week – reminiscent of last year’s NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.
Last time they met: Middle Creek won Friday 28-14 to lead the all-time series 7-5.
No. 16 Green Hope (5-6)
at No. 1 Wakefield (10-1)
Green Hope was the last 4A school into the playoffs. Now, the Falcons will make the trip to visit the Cap-8 Conference champ and top seed in the 4AA East.
Last time they met: Wakefield won 20-6 in the 2010 season opener.
No. 11 Holly Springs (6-5)
at No. 6 Garner (8-3)
Holly Springs may be in for a shootout in this 4AA showdown. The Golden Hawks have scored 37 or more points in five of their game this year, but Garner has done that in nine of its games (including three losses where it scored more than 40).
Last time they met: Garner sent Holly Springs out of the Greater Neuse River Conference with a 49-17 loss on Nov. 7, 2008.
No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons (8-3)
at No. 7 Triton (9-2)
In the 3AA playoffs, Cardinal Gibbons’ aerial attack meets Triton’s wing-T. The last time Gibbons faced the wing-T, it lost 47-26 to Cary. In general, the Crusaders are much better against the pass than the run.
Last time they met: No previous meetings.
All playoff football games start at 7:30 p.m.
Player of the week
On a week where three different area players had four rushing touchdowns in a single game, Cardinal Gibbons quarterback Shawn Stankavage went and outdid them all with seven passing touchdowns on 29-of-38 passing for 450 yards. He also ran 12 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in a 55-14 win against Northwood.