Season finales go under the lights tonight

Nov. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Northwood (8-2, 4-2) at Cardinal Gibbons (7-3, 4-2) - 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting - Northwood 28, Cardinal Gibbons 24 - Nov. 7, 2008

In their first season in 3A, the Chargers have clinched a playoff spot with at least a fourth-place finish in the Big Eight Conference going into the last night of the regular season.

In a season full of offensive shootouts for Northwood, it could well be another tonight. Cardinal Gibbons averages 263 passing yards and 189 rushing yards a game. The Crusaders are led by senior quarterback Shawn Stankavage, who's thrown for 19 touchdowns and run for nine more.

Northwood's Jalen Smith is quarterback Ti Pinnix's favorite, but far from only, target. Smith's topped 1,000 receiving yards and has 15 touchdown catches on the season.

Northwood comes in off a 31-24 overtime win versus Chapel Hill last Friday.

Pinecrest (9-1, 3-1) at Hoke County (2-8, 1-3) - 7:30 p.m.

Last season - Hoke County 24, Pinecrest 14 (state playoff game) and Hoke County 35, Pinecrest 7 (regular season)

A season ago, the Bucks routed Pinecrest in the last week of the regular season before eliminating the Patriots from the state playoffs the next Friday night.

Coming off a 21-7 win over Richmond, Pinecrest's first-ever win versus the Raiders in Southern Pines, the Patriots have second place in the Southeastern clinched.

The Patriots forced four Richmond fumbles while Troy Roper rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Christian Ledbetter kept the ball safe in last Friday's weather on 22 carries for 61 yards.

Hoke County fell 21-17 to Purnell Swett last Friday.

Cummings (3-7, 2-2) at Jordan-Matthews (4-6, 2-2) - 7:30 p.m.

Last season - Cummings 42, Jordan-Matthews 35

The Jets opened the season with two wins, before a six-game losing streak, but have back-to-back wins over Carrboro and, last Friday, a 25-20 victory at Bartlett Yancey, to play their way into postseason contention. The victor tonight in Siler City will take third place in the Mid-State and clinch a playoff spot.

The Jets trailed 14-13 at halftime and 20-19 headed to the fourth quarter at Bartlett Yancey before prevailing.

Hunter Causey rushed 19 times for 145 yards and a touchdown and Trajan Glover added 15 carries, 113 yards and a touchdown. Josh Hudson passed for 127 yards and two touchdowns; both to Cyrus Scotton.

Triton (8-2, 3-1) at Corinth Holders (7-3, 2-2) - 7:30 p.m.

First meeting

Both squads come in off lopsided victories. Corinth Holders got its 39-7 win over Smithfield-Selma on Friday. Triton had three fewer days to rest and prepare after its 55-15 win versus Western Harnett Monday night.

Triton answered an opening Eagle touchdown by shutting down the Eagle running game the rest of the way and scoring 35 straight points for a 35-7 halftime lead.

The Hawk rushing attack averages 276 yards a game and piled up 356 yards versus the Eagles.

On defense, senior lineman Tim McNeill has 25 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries. The Hawks have forced 16 fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions total as a defense.

Cleveland (7-3, 4-0) at Western Harnett (4-6, 2-2) - 7:30 p.m.

First meeting

The Eagles, having played Monday night, also face a short week and must host Cleveland, which has locked up the Two Rivers Conference championship.

If the Eagles pull off an upset, and get help from Corinth Holders, it would create a three-way tie for second in the Two Rivers.

The Rams rolled to a 34-12 win over South Johnston on Friday. Cleveland's high-scoring offense is led by senior running back Isaac Martin, who has 1,506 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing.

Chatham Central (1-9, 0-7) at South Davidson (0-10, 0-7) - 7:30 p.m.

Last season - Chatham Central 40, South Davidson 14

The Bears will try to finish their season with their first win since early September and a 42-16 win over Kestrel Heights. Chatham Central fell 51-38 to North Moore last Friday in Bear Creek.

The Bears have produced touchdowns each of the last three games while South Davidson has managed 14 points on the season.

West Johnston (3-7, 1-4) at Harnett Central (1-8, 0-5) - 7 p.m.

Last season - West Johnston 23, Harnett Central 21

Harnett Central ends its season at home tonight, going for its first Greater Neuse River win in Dave Thomas's first year back as the Trojan head coach. A 31-14 loss at East Wake last Friday has been the Trojans' closest league contest. West Johnston played Monday night, falling 27-21 to Clayton.

Overhills (2-8, 0-5) at Jack Britt (7-3, 5-0) - 7:30 p.m.

First meeting

Overhills, under new head coach Rodney Barr and in its first season of 4A football, will need a major upset to get its first Mid-South Athletic win in its finale tonight.

Jack Britt has clinched the MSAC title and is going for a 6-0 mark. The Buccaneers have won six straight overall scoring 34 or more points in all six games.

The Jaguars fell 40-14 to E.E. Smith last Friday.