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Week 4 prep football capsules

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Tarboro’s Keon Caudle, left, is tackled by Northern Nash’s Jonathan Frye Thursday at Tarboro High in Tarboro.

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By ETHAN JOYCE and PATRICK MASON
Sports Writers

Friday, September 8, 2017

NORTHERN NASH (0-3) AT NASH CENTRAL (2-1), 7 P.M.

The matchup: Northern Nash is coming off a tough 42-7 loss where the Knights couldn’t slow a brutal Tarboro rushing attack. Northern Nash got a late touchdown pass from quarterback Davontae Wiggins, but the offense is still trying to form. Nash Central, on the other had, was able to get a blowout win against Smithfield-Selma. Bulldogs QB Travis Griffin put together a 300-plus-yard throwing performance. 

Meetings in the past five seasons: Northern Nash leads, 3-2. 

Sideline report: This will be a matchup of young lines. Both Northern Nash’s Randy Raper and Nash Central’s Chris Lee have youth on their offensive lines. Whichever line gets the push first will win.

Telegram prediction: Nash Central 28, Northern Nash 7.

TARBORO (3-0) AT NORTH EDGECOMBE (0-2), 7 P.M. 

The matchup: Tarboro rolls into North Edgecombe allowing only 14 points so far this season. North Edgecombe is still looking for replacements for all the players that graduated from last year.

Meetings in the past five seasons: Tarboro leads, 5-0.

Sideline report: Tarboro’s offense is booming, and no team has done anything to really slow them down. Averaging 46 points per game, the Vikings will give North Edgecombe a difficult assignment.

Telegram prediction: Tarboro 48, North Edgecombe 0.

JACKSONVILLE (2-1) AT ROCKY MOUNT PREP (2-1), 7 P.M. 

The matchup: Rocky Mount Prep swings up against 3-A Jacksonville, which put up 40 points on Wilmington Laney last week. 

Meetings in the past five seasons: Have not played.

Sideline report: Jacksonville went 10-5 last season, losing to Eastern Guilford in the 3-AA Eastern Regional Final by five points. Eastern Guilford lost the state title game, 33-20, to Weddington. The Cardinals lost 14 seniors from last year’s team, but they will still be difficult enough for Rocky Mount Prep. 

Telegram prediction: Jacksonville 42, Rocky Mount Prep 0

KINSTON BETHEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (0-2) AT ROCKY MOUNT ACADEMY (2-0), 7 P.M.

The matchup: The Eagles opened their season with a pair of wins, before enjoying an off week. Bethel Christian is also coming off a bye week, but travels to Rocky Mount with an 0-2 record.

Past five meetings: RMA, 1-0.

Sideline report:The Eagles looked sharp in their first two wins of the season, utilizing an effective passing attack and a dynamic rushing game to score in different ways. RMA beat Bethel Christian 50-18 last season.

Telegram prediction: RMA, 55-21.

 

SOUTHERN NASH (3-0) AT WEST JOHNSTON (1-2), 7 P.M.

The matchup: The Firebirds opened the season with three commanding wins, including the most recent two in which Southern Nash allowed just seven points in each win. West Johnston is coming off a pair of losses, and was shutout in last week’s loss to Southern Lee.

Past five meetings: N/A

Sideline report: Southern Nash is coming off an offensive outburst that produced a season-high 55 points. West Johnston has allowed 79 points through the first three weeks. The Wildcats will face another high-scoring offense. Expect the Firebirds to score often.

Telegram prediction: Southern Nash, 49-6.

FAITH CHRISTIAN (2-0) AT CARY CHRISTIAN (0-1), 7 P.M.

The matchup: The Patriots have won the first two games of their inaugural season, and have an opportunity to make it three straight against a Cary Christian team that struggled in its only game of the season. The Knights lost, 51-6, in Week 1.

Past five meetings: N/A

Sideline report: Faith Christian scored 55 points in last week’s win, and are playing strong football. The Patriots get a chance at an opponent who hasn’t figured things out yet, and with FCS playing well, that could translate into another win.

Telegram prediction: Faith Christian, 28-18

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