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Tarboro players point across the line at Rocky Mount High during their Week 1 game in Rocky Mount. The Vikings have won seven games in a row.

Week 9 of the prep football season has arrived.

Conference finishes will shake out over the final three weeks of the regular season. The Big East Conference has a logjam at the top of the Class 3-A side with Rocky Mount High, Southern Nash and Northern Nash all needing to play each other. All three are 3-0 in conference play. The 2-A side is also up for grabs with no team having a winning record in conference play.

The Gryphons and Firebirds played late Thursday.

Tarboro will host the only other unbeaten team in its conference in Riverside-Martin on Friday as the Vikings prepare to run to another conference crown.

Rocky Mount Academy’s rivalry game at Faith Christian has been postponed until Monday. SouthWest Edgecombe’s home game with Ayden-Grifton was also postponed due to a COVID issue in the Chargers’ program.

Rocky Mount Prep is off this week.

Let’s get into the matchups.

Northern Nash (6-1) at Franklinton (2-4)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Northern Nash defeated Franklinton, 39-12, in Week 5 of the 2020 season.

About the Knights: Northern Nash defeated Nash Central, 49-6, last week. … The Knights produced 341 yards of offense and got three offensive touchdowns from quarterback Keno Jones. The Knights also collected three interceptions and recovered a forced fumble in a dominant effort. Northern Nash is the highest scoring team in the conference with 326 points this season, including 132 in three conference games.

About the Rams: Franklinton is on a two-game winning streak after opening the season with four consecutive losses. At 2-2, the Rams are the only 3-A team in the Big East that isn’t 3-0. They will try to play spoiler as the other three teams battle for the conference title.

Bunn (2-5) at Nash Central (3-4)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Friday


Last matchup: Nash Central lost to Bunn, 52-36, in Week 6 of the 2016 season.

About the Bulldogs: Nash Central lost to Northern Nash, 49-6, last week. … The Bulldogs have now lost two in a row. It is their first losing streak of the season. They will close the final three weeks of the regular season against 2-A programs with a chance at a conference title as Nash Central’s 1-3 mark in Big East play is tied for first with Roanoke Rapids. Justus Staten’s late touchdown in the fourth quarter last week helped the Bulldogs avoid a shutout.

About the Wildcats: Bunn lost to Southern Nash, 42-14, last week. … The Wildcats have dropped four consecutive games, and haven’t scored more than 14 points in any of those losses. Bunn has passed for 501 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 891 yards and 11 scores.

Riverside-Martin (3-1) at Tarboro (7-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Tarboro defeated Riverside-Martin, 61-13, in Week 2 of the 2020 season.

About the Vikings: Tarboro defeated South Creek, 48-0, last week. … This is the final home game of the regular season for the Vikings, who have won seven straight games. They used a rare passing game in last week’s win as Omarion Lewis went 3-for-3 for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Layton Dupree caught both touchdown passes. The Vikings also collected 287 rushing yards and four different players scored touchdowns. Jayshun Higgs led the way on the ground with 101 yards and a score, while Trevon White (59 yards), Tobias Joyner (39) and Nathan Sherrod (10) all added touchdown runs.

About the Knights: Riverside-Martin did not play last week. … The Knights last played on Oct. 1. They are out-scoring opponents 146-83 this season. Riverside-Martin (2-0) joins Tarboro (4-0) as the only remaining unbeaten teams in their conference. This game could decide the conference title.

Northwest Halifax (1-2) at North Edgecombe (2-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: North Edgecombe defeated Northwest Halifax, 64-0, in Week 11 of the 2019 season.

About the Warriors: North Edgecombe defeated Southeast Halifax, 49-12, last week. … The Warriors are on a two-game win streak after losing five in a row to start the season. They scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters, before adding 21 points in the third en route to a blowout win. At 2-2, North Edgecombe is fourth in its conference

About the Vikings: Northwest Halifax lost to Northampton County, 66-0, last week. … This will be the Vikings second game since Sept. 17.