Heritage's Joseph Boletepeli (1) goes around Cardinal Gibbons’ Michael Smith (73) .The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders football team has a home 2nd round playoff game vs. Heritage Huskies on Friday, November 17, 2017. Raleigh ,N.C. Johnny Johnson newsobserver.com
Heritage's Joseph Boletepeli (1) goes around Cardinal Gibbons’ Michael Smith (73) .The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders football team has a home 2nd round playoff game vs. Heritage Huskies on Friday, November 17, 2017. Raleigh ,N.C. Johnny Johnson newsobserver.com

High School Sports

PrepsNow top 25 area rankings: football

By J. Mike Blake

mblake@newsobserver.com

November 20, 2017 11:00 AM

UPDATED November 20, 2017 11:17 AM

After the second round of the playoffs, we're down to just 10 teams left in the PrepsNow 20-county-area football rankings.

Wake Forest and Sanderson will play each other on Friday, as will Green Hope and Garner.

The only two teams in the top 12 who are not playing on Friday are D.H. Conley and Cardinal Gibbons.

PrepsNow Football Top 25 Rankings

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1. Wake Forest (Record: 12-0, Last week: 1)

2. Heritage (Record: 12-1, Last week: 2)

3. Southern Nash (Record: 12-1, Last week: 5)

4. Clayton (Record: 13-0, Last week: 6)

5. Cardinal Gibbons (Record: 11-1, Last week: 4)

6. Sanderson (Record: 9-3, Last week: 7)

7. Tarboro (Record: 12-0, Last week: 8)

8. Green Hope (Record: 10-2, Last week: 9)

9. South Granville (Record: 13-0, Last week: 11)

10. Garner (Record: 8-4. Last week: 13)

11. D.H. Conley (Record: 11-2, Last week: 10)

12. South Central (Record: 10-2. Last week: 17)

13. Lee County (Record: 12-1, Last week: 3)

14. Leesville Road (Record: 8-5. Last week: 12)

15. Middle Creek (Record: 9-4, Last week: 14)

16. Cleveland (Record: 8-5. Last week: 19)

17. Pinecrest (Record: 8-5. Last week: 20)

18. Fike (Record: 9-4. Last week: 15)

19. Orange (Record: 8-3, Last week: 24)

20. Northern Durham (Record: 8-3. Last week: 25)

21. SouthWest Edgecombe (Record: 10-3. Last week: 16)

22. Nash Central (Record: 10-3. Last week: 18)

23. Millbrook (Record: 6-7. Last week: 21)

24. Knightdale (Record: 7-6. Last week: 22)

25. Beddingfield (Record: 8-4. Last week: 23)

Falling out: None.

Eligible counties: Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Pitt, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne and Wilson.