Optimist Bowl moving to Week 4
With Southern Vance's drop to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A Conference, the annual Optimist Bowl rivalry will be played in Week 4 this season rather than in the final week.
Southern hosts Northern this season. The Raiders won the trophy last season in a 6-0, double-overtime match at Viking Stadium.
Northern has only three wins in the series since 2000 and last won in 2008. The Vikings close the season at home this year with Tri-County rival J.F. Webb, which remains a league mate with Northern in the newly-formed 3-A Big Eight Conference.