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Prep football capsules for Week 4

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Nash Central quarterback Jaylan Williams passes the ball on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, during the game against Southern Nash at Southern Nash High School.

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By PATRICK MASON
Sports Writer

Friday, September 13, 2019

Week 4 of the prep football season has arrived and it looks to be the first week in which each game will be played on Friday as scheduled. It’s about time.

Rocky Mount Prep is the lone area team with a bye this week; The Jaguars are back in action when they host Louisburg on Sept. 20.

Let’s get into the matchups.

Rocky Mount High (2-1) at Greenville Rose (2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: RMH defeated Hertford County, 50-33, on Saturday. Rose lost to Northeastern, 43-29, on Monday.

The matchup: The tough non-conference schedule continues for the Gryphons as they will face yet another passing offense (Rose has 499 passing yards and 282 rushing). RMH has allowed eight passing touchdowns over the past two games, as Conley threw for 294 yards and four scores (the Gryphons picked off four passes, too), and Hertford County tossed four touchdowns and 320 yards. While the Gryphons pass defense continues to be tested, their offense has always shown up by scoring 96 points in two games. Quarterback Jaquan Lynch has thrown for 582 yards and five touchdowns, while the running game has produced six touchdowns and 511 yards.

Southern Nash (3-0) at South Granville (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Southern Nash defeated Bunn, 42-14, on Sept. 4. South Granville defeated Hillsborough Orange, 20-15.

The matchup: Southern Nash has allowed 14 points in each of its first three games, while the Firebirds offense has scored at least 42 points each game. Southern Nash has done all of that scoring with a traditionally strong running game (three players have more than 250 rushing yards). The Firebirds also have five passing touchdowns as quarterback Matt Foster is an effective 15-for-19 passing. South Granville, which earned its first win of the season last week, uses three runners almost equally in a run-dominant offense.

Northern Nash (2-1) at Nash Central (1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Northern Nash lost to Tarboro, 52-6, on Saturday. Nash Central did not play.

The matchup: Northern Nash had a fun start to its season with a big win in Week 1 behind a new-look offense, then added a comeback victory in Week 2. The Knights in Week 3 didn’t have an answer for Tarboro, but they get a chance to get back to what worked early on. Nash Central hasn’t played since an Aug. 29 loss to Southern Nash, so the Bulldogs will be well-rested. Both defenses will have to be sharp as each offense features quick-score running games with passing elements mixed in.

SouthWest Edgecombe (2-0) at Bertie (0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: SWE defeated South Central, 62-27, on Sept. 4. Bertie lost to Gates County, 53-14, on Sept. 4.

The matchup: Both teams haven’t played since last Wednesday, but only one is on a torrential scoring pace to open the season. SouthWest Edgecombe, coming out of a Week 1 bye, has scored 116 points in two wins. The latest Cougars win came against a previously unbeaten South Central team that made the 4-A playoffs last season. This will be SWE’s final tuneup before hosting Tarboro next week. Bertie has two losses of 39 points or more, and one by four points in the opening week.

Tarboro (3-0) at North Edgecombe (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Tarboro defeated Northern Nash, 52-6, on Saturday. North Edgecombe defeated Farmville Central, 48-6, on Sept. 4.

The matchup: North Edgecombe is coming off a long break, having last played on Sept 4. The Warriors earned their first win of the season that Wednesday against Farmville Central, and now face a tough test in hosting the 1-AA defending state champion Vikings. As for Tarboro, the team earned a blowout win over Northern Nash on Saturday and has shown no signs of slowing down. The Vikings play two Edgecombe County teams over the next two games, including the Warriors on Friday and SouthWest Edgecombe on Sept. 20.

Rocky Mount Academy (0-3) at Faith Christian (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: RMA lost Raleigh Grace Christian, 45-14. FCS lost to Raleigh St. David’s, 36-13, on Monday.

The matchup: A win for either team would snap a multiple-game losing streak. RMA has opened the season with three losses, though it came within two points of winning the season opener. FCS, meanwhile, started the season with an 18-point win before dropping the past two games. Both teams have allowed 93 points over the past two games. The Patriots last played on Monday, and how much the quick-turnaround affects the team could matter in the second half.

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