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Week 9 Friday Night Lights Preview: More clarity coming for conference races

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

There should be more answers regarding the pecking orders in the Central 3-A Conference and Mid-Carolina Conference based on this week’s upcoming high school football games.
Here’s a look at Friday night’s games:

Orange at Southern Alamance
Southern Alamance (6-1, 3-0), which was off last week, will try to maintain first place in the Central 3-A Conference with this homecoming game. The Patriots are riding a five-game winning streak.

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Orange (3-5, 1-3) hasn’t played a game when both teams have reached a double-figure point total since September 1.

These teams haven’t met since Southern won a 2004 game in Hillsborough.

Eastern Alamance at Roxboro Person
The winner of this game will stay in contention in the Central 3-A Conference. Defending champion Eastern Alamance (6-2, 2-1) and Roxboro Person (5-2, 2-1) both had lopsided bounce-back romps last week after losing on the final Friday in September.

Eastern has won against the Rockets in each of the past six seasons. In last year’s 42-21 result, Eagles running back Josh Murray scored two touchdowns and ran for 148 yards, but he missed last week’s game vs. Cedar Ridge with a leg injury.

Western Alamance at Cedar Ridge
This Central 3-A Conference game marks the first time Western Alamance (4-3, 1-2) will play a varsity football game at Cedar Ridge (0-8, 0-4). The Warriors defeated Cedar Ridge 55-0 last year.

Western has gone nearly a month since winning because of two losses sandwiched around an open week.

Cummings at Northwood
This game will help determine the Mid-Carolina Conference championship, particularly if Northwood (6-2, 5-1) wins because the Chargers have already defeated the two teams (Southeast Alamance and North Moore) tied for third place.

First-place Cummings (6-1, 5-0) will finish the regular season by facing the top three teams in the conference.

The Cavaliers have shut out their last three opponents.

Graham at North Moore
North Moore (5-2, 4-1) has won three games in a row and must win this matchup in order to stay in contention to repeat as Mid-Carolina Conference champion.

Graham (1-5, 1-3) has given up more than 50 points in three of its last four games. This is the Red Devils’ final out-of-county trip.

On Monday night, the Red Devils are slated for the completion of a suspended game with visiting Bartlett Yancey, which leads 20-0 in the second quarter of what was the league opener for both teams on the first day of September.

Southeast Alamance at Seaforth
Southeast Alamance (4-3, 4-1) remains in contention for the top spot in the Mid-Carolina Conference. The Stallions take a three-game winning streak into their regular-season road finale.

Seaforth (2-5, 2-3) is set for its third consecutive game against a team in the upper-half of the league standings.

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