Cavs welcome difficult homecoming guest
Gray's Creek (2-4, 0-1) at Southern Lee (1-5, 0-1) - 7:30 p.m.
Last season - Gray's Creek 49, Southern Lee 0
Gray's Creek provides a tough homecoming-night foe for the Cavaliers tonight at Cavalier Stadium.
Southern Lee played a brutal schedule trying to prep for Cape Fear Valley play. While falling to Northwood (4-1), St. Pauls (4-1) and Triton (5-1), the Cavaliers gave their opponents a good game, or even a bit more, until into the second half or even to the wire. That hasn't been the case the last two Fridays in a 56-20 loss to Pinecrest (6-0) and a 58-12 loss at Douglas Byrd (4-2, 1-0) to open the CFVC part of the season.
Douglas Byrd jumped out to a 37-6 lead by halftime and took advantage of six interceptions on the night.
Senior wide receiver Aaron Blockmon has topped 1,000 receiving yards, with 1,009 yards on 44 catches and 10 touchdowns, in six games.
The Cavaliers go up against the running-dominated attack by Gray's Creek, which will be similar to what the Cavs faced versus Triton. The Cavs held up against Triton until part-way through the third quarter before long, grinding drives turned that game to the Hawks.
Gray's Creek fell 36-9 at Lee County last Friday as the Yellow Jackets held the Bears to 66 rushing yards. It was the third straight loss for the Bears.
The Bears are averaging 210 rushing yards a game with Calvin Boyd leading the team with 61 carries, 290 yards and two touchdowns.
Along with trying for a homecoming victory, the Cavaliers will be trying to go into a bye week with an important Cape Fear Valley win to build on.
Northwood (4-1, 0-1) at Cedar Ridge (0-5, 0-1) - 7 p.m.
Last season - Northwood 42, Cedar Ridge 0
Northwood and Cedar Ridge moved together from the 2A Carolina 12 to the 3A Big Eight thanks to NCHSAA realignment, so they continue as conference rivals tonight at Cedar Ridge.
After mostly romping and putting up huge offensive nights, largely through the air thanks to quarterback Ti Pinnix, Northwood suffered its first loss, losing 41-21 to Orange, in the Chargers' Big Eight debut last Friday.
The Fighting Red Wolves fell 56-28 at Cardinal Gibbons last Friday but three of their five losses have been in one-possession games.
North Stanly (4-1, 2-0) at Chatham Central (1-5, 0-3) - 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting - North Stanly 51, Chatham Central 0 - Sept. 12, 2008
North Stanly comes into Bear Creek tonight off back-to-back 60-plus point performances and a 61-7 win versus North Moore last week.
Chatham Central fell 27-0 to visiting East Montgomery last Friday making for three shutouts in three Yadkin Valley games for the Bears so far.
Terry Sanford (0-5, 0-0) at Union Pines (4-2, 1-0) - 7:30 p.m.
Union Pines is in a three-way tie for first in the CFVC after getting its first Cape Fear Valley victory since 2009 last Friday, a 13-6 win at Westover.
The Vikings scored all their points in the second quarter and held the Wolverines scoreless until the fourth quarter. Senior safety Phillip Hall had an 89-yard interception return for a Viking touchdown. Senior running back Kaleb Johnson had 23 carries for 104 yards.
The Vikings host Terry Sanford for its first-ever CFVC game after the Bulldogs were realigned from 4A to 3A.
Terry Sanford is 0-5 having faced five 4A Fayetteville-area schools. The losing streak includes one-point setbacks against E.E. Smith and Pine Forest.
South Davidson (0-6, 0-3) at North Moore (0-6, 0-3) - 7:30 p.m.
Last season - South Davidson 16, North Moore 14
Last September's meeting between the Wildcats and Mustangs was North Moore's closest call to ending its long losing streak last season. The Mustangs led 14-0 until South Davidson scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, with the go-ahead touchdown and two-point play coming with three minutes remaining.
The Mustang losing streak goes into tonight at 33 games and 38 games on the field.
North Moore's scored touchdowns in five of six games this season while South Davidson's totaled six points on the season.
Overhills (2-4, 0-1) at Cape Fear (3-2, 0-0) - 7:30 p.m.
The Jaguars meet the Colts for the first time in a Mid-South Athletic Conference game tonight.
Overhills comes in off a 34-19 loss to South View in its first-ever 4A MSAC game last Friday. The Jaguars led 13-12 at halftime.
Sophomore quarterback Deshaun Phillips has 15 touchdown passes and eight interceptions for the Jaguars. Receiver Julio Martinez and tight end Chanler Renna have four touchdown catches each.
Junior running back Antonio Burden leads the Colt offense with 300 rushing yards and six touchdowns along with 154 receiving yards on 15 receptions.
Cape Fear had a bye last Friday. The Colts won 33-7 at South Johnston two weeks ago.
Southeast Raleigh (1-3, 0-0) at Harnett Central (1-4, 0-1) - 7 p.m.
Last season - Harnett Central 17, Southeast Raleigh 16
The Trojan defense held on to a 17-13 halftime lead for a victory over Southeast Raleigh last September in Angier.
This Harnett Central defense will be trying to improve on allowing 46 or more points in each of the last three games, all Trojan losses. Clayton routed the Trojans 49-7 last Friday to start Greater Neuse River play.