Friday’s key football games
7:30 p.m., patterson field
Bunn won 32-12 in 2007
Louisburg is expecting a huge crowd for the field dedication to James Patterson. Bunn (No. 9, N&O rankings) is undefeated and powerful up front. Louisburg relies on a running game led by Hakeem Strickland and Greg Small.
7 p.m., Wildcats stadium
Millbrook won 26-17 in 2007
Millbrook (No. 1, N&O) averages 388 yards in total offense led by Brian Kass’ 213 passing yards per game. Northern Durham (1-1) is led by QB Andrew Peacock (231.5 yards passing per game).
at South Johnston
7:30 p.m., Spartans Stadium
SSS won 41-21 in 2007
South Johnston (No. 12, N&O) has never beaten Smithfield-Selma in football. South averages 39.7 points per game led by RB Tony Davis (179 ypg.) and QB Pat Dunigan (201.3 passing yards). SSS is led by back D.J. Bunn, a University of North Carolina recruit.
at Chapel Hill
7 p.m., Culton-Peerman stadium
Broughton won 15-8 in 2007
Chapel Hill was shut down last week in a 22-12 loss at Smithfield-Selma while Broughton took a solid victory over Panther Creek, 38-2. Broughton has won three straight against the Tigers.
7 p.m., Wolverines Stadium
Garner won 37-21 in 2007
Garner (No. 11, N&O) has averaged 42.5 points since being shut out by Millbrook in the Trojans' opener. Wakefield was in the N&O rankings before losing to Knightdale last week. Wolverine QB Drew Wilkinson averages 150.7 passing yards.
7:30 p.m., Currie Stadium
Jordan won 28-0 in 2007
Jordan (No. 6, N&O) is led by runner Jerrell Rhodes. Knightdale (1-2) posted its first win of the season last week, stopping previously undefeated Wakefield 26-17 as Josh Gorham rushed for 149 yards.
Sanderson at Athens Drive
Sanderson was in the N&O rankings before losing to previously winless Middle Creek. Athens Drive is 0-2 and is coming off an open date.
Panther Creek at Holly Springs
Panther Creek won 19-16 in 2007
Neither team has won this season Panther Creek beat Holly Springs last year for its only 2007 win. Holly Springs didn't win last year.
High Point Central at Wake Forest-Rolesville
Trentini Stadium, 7 p.m.
Wake Forest won 46-13 in 2007
This is a rare intersectional game in an era when teams rarely travel far for non-conference games. Wake Forest (No. 2, N&O after being No. 1 in the preseason) is trying to bounce back from last week's 33-27 overtime loss at Southern Durham.
Leesville Road at Green Hope
7 p.m., Falcons Stadium
Leeville won 56-0 in 2007
Leesville (No. 3, N&O) was an impressive 26-0 winner over Apex last week to climb to 3-0. Green Hope is 0-3 and is allowing 37.0 points per game.