For some teams, Week 6 of the high school football season will come a day earlier with games being moved to Thursday. For others, the usual Friday kickoff will be pushed back to the weekend or it will come and go without a game at all.

Northern Nash is one of those teams that will receive an unwanted break. The Knights will have their strong season put on hold as their opponent this week Wilson Fike finds itself unable to play in Thursday’s game due to COVID-19 precautions.

The Knights (4-1, 2-1 Big East Conference) needed to win out in order to receive the conference’s auto bid to the playoffs. To do so, Northern Nash needed victories against Fike (1-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big East) and conference-leading Rocky Mount High.

Northern Nash will play its final regular season game on April 9 in Rocky Mount.

Speaking of the Gryphons, their rivalry game against Southern Nash has been moved from Thursday and will now be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Bailey.

All other games will be played Thursday.

Let’s get into the matchups:

Rocky Mount High (4-1) at Southern Nash (2-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Last week: RMH defeated Wilson Fike, 42-26. Southern Nash defeated Wilson Hunt, 71-35.

The matchup: RMH is looking for its fourth consecutive win. Still unbeaten in Big East Conference play, the Gryphons control their own destiny and need to win their final two games to seal the conference title. Southern Nash, which lost its first conference game after five perfect seasons, rebounded with a 71-point outburst in a win last week. The Firebirds’ 126 points are the most in the conference, while the Gryphons’ 42 points allowed is the fewest in the Big East.

North Pitt (1-4) at Nash Central (1-4)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. Thursday

Last week: Nash Central lost to Wilson Beddingfield, 54-0. North Pitt defeated North Johnston, 41-26.


The matchup: Nash Central is coming off a shutout loss, but will have an opportunity to score some points against a Panthers team that has allowed 200 points this season. This will be the final home game of the season for the Bulldogs, who will close the season on the road next week. North Pitt is coming off its first win of the season. Before last week’s win, the Panthers gave up 50 points in back-to-back games.

North Johnston (0-5) at SouthWest Edgecombe (3-2)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. Thursday

Last week: SWE defeated Farmville Central, 33-18. North Johnston lost to North Pitt, 41-26.

The matchup: The Cougars are back on track with three consecutive wins after starting the season with a pair of shutout losses. SWE has found its offense, scoring 131 points in the last three weeks. North Johnston has three shutout losses this season, and has scored three offensive touchdowns — all rushing.

Tarboro (4-0) at South Creek (0-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday

Last week: Tarboro defeated Southside, 64-0. South Creek did not play.

The matchup: Tarboro is bearing down on another perfect regular season march with two games to go. The Vikings earned their second shutout win of the season last week. Travis Johnston and Jalen Razor have an identical 324 rushing yards, while Razor has nine touchdowns and Johnson has six. Tarboro has scored 212 points and has allowed 27.

North Edgecombe (2-2) at East Carteret (3-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday

Last week: North Edgecombe defeated Camden County, 21-15. East Carteret lost to Southwest Onslow, 48-26.

The matchup: It will be a quick turnaround for North Edgecombe which had just four full days off between games. The Warriors stopped a two-game losing streak with last week’s win. For East Carteret, the Mariners are coming off their first loss of the season.