Lee County (6-0, 4-0) at Southern Lee (2-4, 1-3) — 6:30 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets and the Cavaliers meet for Brick City Bowl XV at Cavalier Stadium this evening.
The Jackets will be trying to keep a bunch of streaks alive — both against the Cavaliers and overall. For starters in the county rivalry, Lee County has three consecutive wins and the Jackets haven’t allowed a touchdown in the three wins.
Last season’s Brick City Bowl, a 44-0 Jacket win, completed an 11-0 Jacket regular season, which is part of the longer Lee County football streaks such as 39 regular-season wins straight, 20 regular-season conference wins in a row and a 19-0 streak for the four years the Jackets have been in the Tri-County 6. The Cavaliers’ 16-13 victory in the 2016 Brick City Bowl is the last Jacket loss before those streaks.
This spring season, the Cavaliers, with first-year head coach Mike McClure, earned victories over Carrboro, 28-8, and Western Harnett, 31-16, in weeks two and three of the season. The Cavs have lost three straight conference games, netting only 21 points in the games, versus Triton, Union Pines and Harnett Central. The Cavs lost 45-7 at Harnett Central Friday night.
Daniel Pisano and Blake Harrington have alternated at QB for the Cavs. Kendal Morris has six TD runs and Joshua Stone has three TD catches.
Lee County clinched its fourth straight Tri-County 6 championship and fifth conference title in a row dating back to the Cape Fear Valley Conference with a 52-7 win over Triton Monday night.
The Jackets played Triton on three days rest and it seemed to be little problem; now it’s the same going into tonight.
Derron McKoy leads the Jackets’ defensive line stats with 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. The whole Jacket defense has feasted on pressure, turnovers and even turning defense into points, having forced 20 turnovers and six blocked kicks, with six TDs straight from those defensive and special teams big plays.
Will Patterson has thrown 16 TD passes. Patterson and the Jackets are averaging 227 passing yards a game. Receiver/returner/defensive back Tyric McKendall has 26 catches for 536 yards and 10 TD catches. Running back/linebacker T.J. Johnson has rushed for 496 yards and seven TDs plus making two TD catches.
Overhills (3-3, 3-2) at Terry Sanford (5-1, 4-1) — 6 p.m.
The Jaguars take the field for the third time in nine days and their third straight tough opponent within the Patriot Athletic. Overhills lost 40-0 to South View last Thursday, then lost 21-13 to Pine Forest Monday night.
Senior QB Chris Perkins has passed for 1,286 yards and 16 TDs this season, taking his career totals to more than 4,000 yards and 48 TDs in two seasons, actually only 17 games, as the Jaguar QB. Charles Brown Jr. has seven TD catches and Darius Williams has four TD catches.
Harnett Central (2-4, 2-2) at Triton (3-3, 3-1) — 7 p.m.
The Hawks host the county-rival Trojans tonight. With a win, the Hawks would finish second alone in the Tri-County 6 and improve their chances for a wild card berth into the 3A state playoffs.
Harnett Central routed Southern Lee 45-7 last Friday making it two wins in the last three games.
Triton had beaten Southern Lee, Western Harnett and Union Pines in a row before losing 52-7 at Lee County on Monday night — making for a very short turnaround.
The Hawks area averaging 319 rushing yards a game led by Malachi Batts with 462 yards and six TDs.
Harnett Central won last season’s game, also the season finale, 28-14.
Northern Durham (1-3, 1-3) at Northwood (3-2, 3-1) — 7 p.m.
The Chargers head into the regular season finale being able to finish second in the Big Eight — which would be an automatic playoff spot — down to fourth.
The Knights haven’t played since March 19 and an 18-14 loss to Chapel Hill.
Northwood lost 30-10 to non-conference foe Panther Creek last Thursday. The Chargers beat Orange 10-7 in their last Big Eight game.
Northern Durham beat Northwood 56-14 in Nov. 2019.
Jordan-Matthews (0-6, 0-5) at Providence Grove (3-3, 2-3) — 7 p.m.
The Jets play their finale at Providence Grove tonight. JM played close games, but fell, to T.W. Andrews and Trinity earlier in the PAC 7 season. The Jets lost 42-6 to Wheatmore last Thursday while the Patriots beat Northwest Cabbarrus 43-26.