The Rocky Mount High, Northern Nash and Southern Nash football teams are each 3-0 in Big East Conference games with three games to play.

They will all play each other over the next three weeks, with the conference title hanging in the balance. The Gryphons and Firebirds are up first with a game on Thursday, while Northern Nash plays the other 3-A team in the conference, Franklinton, before closing with their rivals.

While the games over the next three weeks will determine how the conference shakes out, Thursday’s game between the Gryphons and Firebirds has some outside interest.

Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson, a Rocky Mount High graduate, has made a friendly wager on the game with state Sen. Lisa Barnes, a Southern Nash graduate.

If the Gryphons and Roberson win, Barnes will award him with a bushel of sweet potatoes. If the Firebirds and Barnes win, she will be treated to dinner at one of the restaurants located at the Rocky Mount Mills.

“Both teams are 3-0 in conference play, so this game is very Important,” Roberson said.

Barnes countered, by adding: “This is the year for the Firebirds to go all the way. Coach (Brian) Batchelor hasn’t missed a beat so far in his inaugural season. I am looking forward to my free dinner.”

The teams will play at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Rocky Mount.