This week in Class 3A football

August 29, 2012 

Airport vs. White Knoll

Site: Eagle Stadium.

Game notes: Airport is 2-0 and has allowed just one touchdown so far. The Eagles ripped Brookland-Cayce 41-9 in the 65th meeting of the neighborhood rivals. Sir Sutton is off to a good start in his debut season as the Eagles starting quarterback. He has 146 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries to date, and is 14-for-23 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Stewart has two scoring catches. The leader tacklers on defense are Ladarius Anderson

Series history: Airport owns a 5-3 lead against WK as the series resumes after a two-season lull.

Camden vs. Hartsville

Site: Zemp Stadium.

Game notes: Camden dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 36-13 loss to West Florence. The physical host Knights rang up 429 rushing yards, 498 overall, against a Camden defense that was physically overmatched. QB Josh Council had a good game – running for 103 yards and passing for 151 … Hartsville comes to town with a 2-0 record and 102 points already on the books. The Red Foxes pose another daunting challenge for a defense that has already surrendered nearly 1,000 yards.

Series history: Hartsville has ruled of late, winning of the last seven outings, but the teams have split 42 meetings since 1970.

Dreher vs. Columbia

Site: Memorial Stadium.

Game notes: Dreher opened the season in Week Zero with a 20-0 win over Class 1A Fox Creek. Zacki Pickett had 10 tackles on defense, while Kwashon Drayton contributed several big plays to the shutout effort – 1 TFL, 1 interception, 1 pass break-up … Columbia (1-1) evened the slate with a 34-0 romp over Calhoun County last week. Quintin McMillian was the offensive star with 96 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Kimone Shaw chipped in 71 yards rushing on 11 carries. On defense, senior linebacker Sharquise Cooks had 14 total tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack. Senior defensive endGerald Snooks had two sacks and caused two fumbles.

Series history: Columbia has a six-game winning streak over the Blue Devils – a run that allowed the Capitals to built a 24-18 series lead in the modern era.

Mid-Carolina vs. Gilbert

Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium, Prosperity.

Game notes: Gilbert took a 51-36 hit last week against A.C. Flora to fall to 0-2. RB Omat Bethea had a big game for the Tribe with 183 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 29 carries … Mid-Carolina is also off to a loss (40-14 against White Knoll) that dropped its early record to 0-2.

Series history: Mid-Carolina has won four in a row against the Indians. Last year it was a 58-40 shootout. Gilbert’s last win was in 2005. M-C enjoys a 17-7 series lead.

Orangeburg-Wilkinson vs. Lower Richland

Site: O-W Stadium.

Game notes: Lower Richland is 0-2 under new coach Darryl Page. The Diamond Hornets deopped a 26-14 decision to Bamberg-Ehrhardt last week. Orangeburg-Wilkinson opened the season with a 35-21 loss to the same B-E Red Raiders. The Bruins rebounded last week with a 26-7 win over Edisto.

Series history: O-W prevailed 28-25 in the last meeting in 2009, which upped the Bruins series lead to 9-2.

Swansea vs. Chapin

Site: Doug Bennett Stadium.

Game notes: Swansea is off to a 2-0 start and scoring plenty of points. The yield is 82 to date. Last week the Tigers crushed Pelion 44-7. Travis Loadholt ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries. Robbie Brown had 52 yards rushing and one TD on two totes and caught four passes for 81 yards and two tallies. Quarterback Jordan Chavis was 5-for-10 passing for 86 yards and two scores. Arthur Myers had five PATs and a 35-yard field goal. Swansea’s defense dominated – allowing Pelion just 50 yards. Terrence Salley had three of the team’s five sacks … Chapin dropped a 28-21 decision to Batesburg-Leesville in its season opener a week ago. Jacob Eddington was the nominal Eagles offensive leader with 68 yards rushing and two TD runs. On defense, Jordan Day was credited with two solo tackles, eight first hits and one tackle for loss. Nate Blakenship’s interception was Chapin’s lone takeaway ... The Tigersd have not gone 3-0 out of the starting gate since 2000.

Series history: Chapin’s 9-7 success last season was its ninth straight win in the series. The Eagles enjoy a commanding 20-10 lead in the series since 1970.

Westwood vs. Richland Northeast

Site: Westwood District 2 Stadium.

Game notes: Westwood fell 34-7 to Fairfield Central in its first varsity football game last week in Winnsboro. The passing game produced 168 yards. QB David King was 26-for-45 for 168 yards and one touchdown. Receivers Vyncint Smith (9-82) and Tyrel Gallman (7-62) had good games. Davis threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Adonus Lee with 30 seconds remaining in the first half for the first touchdown in school history. Brandon Howard added the first PAT. The problem was the running game, which finished with a net of minus-17 yards. Defensively, the Redhawks allowed 316 rushing yards … RNE is coming off a bye week. The Cavaliers opened the 2012 campaign with a 28-21 home with over South Aiken. A.C. Whaley hit on 19 of 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns, but the veteran quarterback also was responsible for three turnovers – two fumbles, one interception. Receivers Craishaud Foulks (6-126-2), Ryan Howell (7-120-2) and Shamar Foulks (5-72) had nice numbers. On defense, Ahmad Dunlap had a team-high 11 tackles, while Rashaan Bourquin had six tackles and two interceptions.

Series history: Not only s the game the first home outing for the rookie Redhawks, it’s the first outing against a Richland District 2 foe.

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