Week 3 of the high school football season got underway a night early for some schools. We had a number of games last night, particularly in the eastern part of the state and around the Triangle. But there are still some very big games on tap tonight.

And by the way, if you're going to a game tonight, enjoy it. I don't think we could ask for better Week 3 weather. It's pretty amazing.

We've had some news this week too, particularly around House Bill 91 and COVID-19. Scroll down for more on that.

But first...

HUGE GAMES ON TAP TONIGHT

There are some massive non-conference games in different parts of the state tonight, and many of them can be seen on HighSchoolOT Live presented commercial free by Bojangles and Sound Station & Security.

Our Game of the Week features No. 3 Cardinal Gibbons at No. 2 Richmond. Richmond is 2-0, Cardinal Gibbons is 1-1, but the only loss for the Crusaders came to Chambers, who is now nationally ranked after a big win in Virginia last weekend.

Speaking of Chambers... No. 11 Glenn travels to No. 1 Chambers tonight for another HSOT Live game. This has a playoff matchup feel to it in the West.

On the coast, No. 4 Wake Forest is on the road at No. 10 Hoggard. This one is going to be really interesting -- two undefeated teams, two really strong defenses. Hoggard is coming off a convincing road win at Scotland too.

Here are all the games we have on HSOT Live tonight:

7:30 PM - (3) Cardinal Gibbons @ (2) Richmond

7:00 PM - (9) Dudley @ Hillside

7:00 PM - (11) Glenn @ (1) Chambers

7:00 PM - Garner @ (12) Millbrook

7:30 PM - (6) South View @ Hoke County

7:00 PM - (4) Wake Forest @ (10) Hoggard

You can watch HSOT Live every single Friday night at 7 PM on HighSchoolOT.com and the HighSchoolOT app. I'll see you there!

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

There were a bunch of games last night across the state, but most of them were concentrated in the eastern half of the state. We had coverage of some of them, and you can of course see the statewide scoreboard for all the results.

There was an upset in Nash County last night as Holmes took down No. 22 Rocky Mount, 27-16. Kyle Morton made his first stop of the night in Rocky Mount, and you can watch his highlights here.

No. 25 Wallace-Rose Hill picked up a convincing win over Northside-Pinetown last night. The Bulldogs won 49-7. J. Mike Blake was in Wallace for us, and he caught the catch of the year on camera. You can also see the full highlights from the game.

Kyle also went to Wilson where No. 23 Hunt shutout SouthWest Edgecombe 42-0. The Warriors are unbeaten on the season. Check out the highlights here.

I was in Johnston County last night for what we're calling the Border War. Princeton defeated rival Rosewood 52-28 behind three touchdowns by Jaydon Brooks. I had some highlights too.

FOLLOW TONIGHT'S ACTION ON HSOT

We'll have another busy Friday night of high school football on HighSchoolOT and you can follow along with us for all the information.

At 7 PM, tune into HighSchoolOT.com or the HighSchoolOT app for HSOT Live presented by Bojangles and Sound Station & Security.

We'll also have statewide scores updating all night long on the free HighSchoolOT app and at HighSchoolOT.com/Scores.

Come back later Friday night and Saturday for stories, full game video, highlights, and more.

SENATE GIVES INITIAL APPROVAL TO HB 91

Earlier this week, the Senate voted favorably on House Bill 91, but it still must pass one more vote in the Senate before it moves to the House. Of course, if it passes both the Senate and the House, then it will go to Gov. Roy Cooper, who will have to decide whether or not to sign or veto the bill. We'll keep a close watch on this.

NEW COVID-19 RULES IN WAKE COUNTY

Wake County coaches, staff, and athletes are now required to wear masks at outdoor athletic events. The new measure went into effect on Thursday, according to Wake County schools.

There is an important caveat though: The rule does not apply to student-athletes who are actively playing in a game. So it is mostly restricted to sideline activities.

Spectators are not required to wear masks at outdoor events at WCPSS facilities, but they are strongly encouraged. Masks are already required for everyone at indoor sporting events.

WCPSS cited a rise in COVID-19 cases since the start of school and evidence that there is increased risk during athletics as the reasons why the new protocols are in place.

LATEST FALL SPORTS RANKINGS

We released updated fall sports rankings at the beginning of each week, so be on the look out for the new version next week. But... ICYMI... here are this week's rankings.

If you're looking for the football rankings going into tonight's games, click here.

NFHS RELEASES BOYS LACROSSE RULES CHANGES

The National Federation of State High School Associations released new rules changes for boys lacrosse this week. There were a total of 15 rules changes this year, so you'll need to read the story to find out about all of them. There were no rules changes last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.