Mid-Carolinas quest for its first region championship in 19 years continues on Friday at one of the more venerable stadiums in South Carolina Woodruffs Willie Varner Stadium.
The Rebels stand at 8-0 for the first time since 1989, and is 3-0 in Region 2-2A play. Woodruff (5-3, 3-0) has lost only to tough 3A teams Greenville, Clinton and Union County.
M-Cs last outright region title came in 1991 when it went 5-1 in 4-2A games. The last time the Rebels finished in first place with an unbeaten region record was in the state championship season in 1985.
Mid-Carolinas attack is ground-based. The Rebels have 2,500 yards on the books and average 312.5 yards per game. Clarence Turner (103-771-7), Nick Sims-Metts (66-499-10) and Devin Holland (47-404-6) form the core of the running game.
Woodruff is quite productive, as well. The Wolverines average 418.3 and 36.6 points a game. The real difference is Woodruff presents a more balanced problem for the Rebels defense.
Shun Tribble has 1,248 yards rushing, Ryan Perkins is 121-for-220 passing for 1,839 yards and 17 touchdowns and B.J. Johnson is top top receiver with 39 catches for 630 yards.
Friday will mark the first-ever regular season meeting of the teams. Woodruff is 2-0 vs. the Rebels in state playoff games winning 35-14 in 1983, 10-0 in 1997.