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Northern Nash quarterback Keno Jones receives the snap during a Week 1 game against SouthWest Edgecombe. Jones passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in Friday’s 49-6 win over Nash Central.

Week 5 of the high school football season is here and it brings a full slate of games.

Rocky Mount High’s Big East Conference opener against visiting Bunn was played late Thursday night.

Let’s get into Friday’s matchups:

Northern Nash (2-1) at Washington (2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Northern Nash lost to Greenville Conley, 34-32. Washington did not play.

The matchup: The Knights suffered their first loss of the season and allowed 296 passing yards and 150 rushing yards. The loss comes after they outscored opponents 93-0 in two wins. This is the third game of a three-game road stretch for Northern Nash. Washington has rushed for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns in two games. This is the first game for the Pam Pack since Aug. 27. The team will hold a moment of silence and a tribute before the game in honor of teammate Jackson Griffin, who died on Sept. 8. The program announced its cheerleaders and football team will display the color orange on the field in tribute to Griffin.

Southern Nash (3-0) at Nash Central (2-1)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Southern Nash defeated South Granville, 51-26. Nash Central defeated North Johnston, 48-3.

The matchup: The two familiar teams kick off Big East Conference play. The Firebirds have relied heavily on a high-scoring offense that has produced 46, 43 and 51 points this season. Southern Nash has three rushers with more than 300 yards, led by Jackson Vick’s 434 yards and seven touchdowns. Nash Central has scored 49 and 48 points in two wins, while scoring just 13 in its lone loss. The Bulldogs have three rushers with at least 149 yards, with Justus Staten’s 292 yards and five touchdowns leading the way.

SouthWest Edgecombe (1-3) at Farmville Central (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: SWE lost to Tarboro, 41-13. FC lost to Swansboro, 41-38.

The matchup: SWE enters conference play on a two-game losing streak. A strong second half of football where they outscored Tarboro 13-0 has the Cougars looking forward to turning things around. To do so, the Cougars will have to contend with a pass-first offense as the Jaguars are more productive when throwing the ball than rushing. Farmville Central has 553 yards and eight touchdowns through the air, while the run game has produced 317 yards and six scores. The FC defense has allowed 83 points over the past two weeks.

Perquimans (2-0) at Tarboro (3-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Tarboro defeated SouthWest Edgecombe, 41-13. Perquimans did not play.


The matchup: Tarboro enters its final nonconference game on a three-game win streak. The Vikings have scored 134 points in those three wins. The Pirates have outscored their two opponents 105-30. This is Perquimans’ first game since Aug. 27.

Gaston KIPP (0-2) at North Edgecombe (0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: North Edgecombe did not play. KIPP lost to Louisburg, 37-14, on Monday.

The matchup: The Warriors have waited two weeks to wash away the taste of a 60-0 loss to Tarboro. North Edgecombe has been outscored 156-27 this season, and it will play a winless KIPP Pride team to open conference play. The Pride have allowed 41 and 37 points in its two games.

Rocky Mount Prep (0-1) at Northampton County (1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: RMP did not play. Northampton County did not play.

The matchup: RMP last played on Sept. 2, which was the first game of the season. The Jaguars don’t have much to go on this season with such limited game action. Northampton County has two runners with at least 114 yards.

Rocky Mount Academy (4-0) at Cary Christian (2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: RMA defeated Raleigh Grace Christian, 40-32. Cary Christian lost to Parrott Academy, 57-40.

The matchup: The Eagles are the hottest team in the area and own the best record. They won last week’s game when Jordan Wright picked off Grace quarterback with the score tied 32-32 and returned it for a touchdown. RMA quarterback Wells Hutson continued his strong season with two more passing touchdowns to bring his total to 12 on the season. Cary Christian boasts a balanced offensive approach with 370 passing yards and six touchdowns to go with 398 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

Columbia (0-1) at Faith Christian (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Faith Christian did not play. Columbia did not play.

The matchup: FCS is playing for the first time since Aug. 27, while Columbia returns off a break since Sept. 3. This will be the Patriots’ first home game of the season. In the season opener, Patriots running back Deanthony Joyner rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns.