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Southern Nash defenders converge on a Nash Central ball carrier during last week’s game in Rocky Mount.

Friday marks Week 5 of the high school football season.

Each team will play a conference game. Southern Nash and Roanoke Rapids highlights a pair of Big East Conference unbeaten teams, while Rocky Mount Academy hosts Parrott Academy in a battle for the conference lead.

Let’s get into the matchups:

Bunn (2-2) at Northern Nash (3-1)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Northern Nash defeated Washington, 69-36. Bunn lost to Rocky Mount High, 21-6.

The matchup: Northern Nash rebounded from its first loss of the season with a blowout win last week. Knights quarterback Keno Jones has been a touchdown machine, throwing for six scores and running for eight more. Also, three running backs have at least 220 yards with RJ Loring’s 447 yards leading the way. Bunn hasn’t scored more than 20 points in any of its past three games,

Roanoke Rapids (4-0) at Southern Nash (4-0)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Southern Nash defeated Nash Central, 13-6. Roanoke Rapids defeated Franklinton, 38-0.

The matchup: The Firebirds scored their fewest points with 13 last week, and will have to find a way to revive their high-scoring offense against one of the better defenses they will see all year. The Yellowjackets have two shutouts and have allowed just 22 points this season. They haven’t allowed more than 14 points in any single game. Roanoke Rapids has run all over its opponents, with 1,263 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.

Nash Central (2-2) at Franklinton (0-3)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Nash Central lost to Southern Nash, 13-6. Franklinton lost to Roanoke Rapids, 38-0.

The matchup: The Bulldogs played their best defensive game of the season in last week’s loss to Southern Nash. The defense bottled up one of the area’s best rushing attacks. Nash Central will have a chance to get a headstart on its portion of the 2A/3A split Big East Conference with a win against winless Franklinton. The Rams have been outscored 105-37 this season.

Greene Central (2-3) at SouthWest Edgecombe (2-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: SWE defeated Farmville Central, 47-28. Greene Central lost to North Pitt, 42-12.


The matchup: The Cougars scored their second-most points in a game in last week’s win, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Xavier Mayo threw for a touchdown, and Princeton Loch and Carlo Foreman each ran for two touchdowns in the win. Greene Central’s loss last week ended a two-game win streak.

Bertie (0-2) at Tarboro (4-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Tarboro defeated Perquimans, 54-40. Bertie did not play.

The matchup: The Vikings allowed an uncharacteristic 40 points last week but managed a win as the offense poured in 54 points and scored two touchdowns in each quarter. Tarboro’s Jayshun Higgs rushed for three touchdowns, with Trevon White and Tobias Joyner each scoring two rushing touchdowns. Bertie has been outscored 86-12 in two games this season.

Northampton County (2-1) at North Edgecombe (0-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: North Edgecombe lost to KIPP Pride, 20-19. Northampton County defeated Rocky Mount Prep, 54-0, on Monday.

The matchup: The Warriors lost by just one point last week, after losing by more than 30 in each of the previous three weeks. Northampton County, who is playing on a short week, has back-to-back shutout wins, while outscoring opponents 98-0 in that span.

Parrott Academy (4-0) at Rocky Mount Academy (4-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: RMA lost to Cary Christian, 30-24. Parrott defeated St. David’s, 50-8.

The matchup: RMA lost its first game of the season last week. The Eagles struggled defending the pass as Cary Christian threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns. RMA also threw three picks in the loss. Parrott has scored at least 48 points in every game, and has outscored opponents, 221-82.

Raleigh Grace Christian (0-2) at Faith Christian (2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: FCS defeated St. David’s, 50-6, on Tuesday. Grace Christian lost to John Paul II Catholic, 41-34.

The matchup: FCS is playing on a short week, having last played on Tuesday. FCS has scored at least 40 points in both of its games, and has outscored opponents 90-30 this season.