State championships not included, this Friday's matchup between Havelock and New Bern is our biggest game of the year. Last season a botched extra point in the rain separated the two teams. They would both go on to win state titles at their respective levels. This week they start one, two in our Touchdown Friday Top 9.
Havelock remains in the top spot. They beat an underrated Washington team, 28-6, last week on the road.
At number two its the New Bern Bears. They are 0-1 after falling in their home opener, in overtime, to Hillside.
At three its the top ranked team in the state at the 1A level, the Tarboro Vikings. They beat Nash Central on the road in week one.
At four we have the reigning state champs from Plymouth.
Five, its DH Conley. The Vikings knocked off Pitt County rival North Pitt in impressive fashion Saturday.
We put the Jacksonville Cardinals at six. Coach Beau Williams and company beat SW Onslow last week in our game of the week. At seven we have riverside.
At eight we put James Kenan. They have a monster game against Wallace-Rose Hill this week.
And rounding out the Top 9 we have JH Rose. A little bit of a surprise but the Rampants deserve it after getting off to a great start last week at home.
Authorities are expected to release the results of autopsies on the two bodies recovered from the fiery crash that killed "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend.
"Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was killed by injuries from both the impact and subsequent fire when the Porsche his friend was driving smashed into a light pole and tree, according to an autopsy released Wednesday.