Last week resulted in a perfect 5-0 record, pushing the overall record up to 19-4. Clinton got an easy win over Pender, Lakewood opened conference play with a win over Spring Creek and Union improved to 5-0 with a victory over West Bladen. Hobbton and Midway struggled in their losses to Rosewood and East Bladen, respectively.
Hobbton travels to play conference foe Spring Creek on Friday for a matchup of 1-5 teams. Both of these teams have struggled to put points on the boards so this one could be a defensive battle. The Wildcats put some points on the board last week and coach Hill was very upbeat about his team’s improvement. If Hobbton can do a better job tackling on Friday night and force a turnover here and there, they should have enough gas in the tank to get their second win of the season.
Final: Hobbton 24, Spring Creek 22
Lakewood plays host to North Duplin under the lights on Friday. The Rebels will find it hard to score against a stingy Leopard defense while Lakewood’s offense looks to gain some consistency. The Leopards will need to take care of the football and not give the Rebels any easy scoring opportunities. Lakewood should be able to force the Rebels into some turnovers and if they can capitalize it should be another W for the Leopards.
Final: North Duplin 13, Lakewood 34
After three straight road games and an open date, the Raiders look forward to a home football game when they welcome Pender to Spivey’s Corner on Friday night. The Patriots may be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Raiders. Pender gave up 50 points to Clinton last week and really had a hard time moving the ball on offense. Midway will get back on track offensively and get a home win to keep the home winning streak alive.
Final: Pender 6, Midway 35
Clinton travels to East Bladen to play the Eagles in a heated Four County Conference rivalry game that usually brings out the best in both teams. Clinton looked sloppy at times last week against Pender. The Dark Horses will not be able to sleepwalk through this one as the Eagles are a much more formidable foe.
The Dark Horses only allowed the Patriots three first downs last week and scored seemingly at will, but there were lapses. Clinton continues to allow long kickoff returns and while they can get away with it against Pender, they will need to do a better job against the Eagles.
The Eagles have been inconsistent on offense this season, posting wins by large margins, but struggling to score in their losses. Clinton’s explosive offense will give the Eagles lots of problems and Clinton’s defense continues to improve. It will be close for a while, but Clinton has too much firepower for the Eagles. The Dark Horses improve to 6-0.
Final: Clinton 42, East Bladen 20
In the Game of the Week, Union will try remain undefeated with a win over Trask on Friday. Union struggled early against West Bladen last Saturday, but scored multiple touchdowns in the second half to secure the victory. This game could be a trap game for the Spartans. If Union looks ahead to next week’s game against Wallace-Rose Hill and does not focus on the Titans, it could be a long night.
Trask is improved and will be a tough out either way. The Spartan defense will have their hands full and will need to force some errors by a Titan offense that has proven they can score lots of points. Union will need to control the ball to keep the Titan offense off the field. If the Spartans can keep their focus and execute, they will have a good chance to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Final: Trask 21, Union 28