Midlands fantastic five games to watch

October 12, 2012 

FAIRFIELD CENTRAL (5-2) AT KEENAN (4-3)

Fairfield Central brings its big offense to Columbia looking to limit Keenan’s opportunities to rebound from an Oct. 4 loss. The Raiders, led by quarterback Titus Hopkins and receiver Peter Easaw, often are able to do amazing things on offense and special teams, but Keenan’s defense will be put to the test here.

RICHLAND NORTHEAST (5-2) AT BLYTHEWOOD (6-1)

These streaking teams collide in a game that will put one team in the lead for the Region 4-4A title. The Cavaliers have three consecutive wins, led by quarterback A.C. Whaley and several strong performances by Jaquari Blunt. Kylen Binn and the Bengals have won six in a row and have outscored opponents 249-113, averaging 35 points per game.

AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN (7-0) AT HAMMOND (8-0)

The Lions arrive at Edens Stadium having won their past three games by 20 points or more. But Hammond’s opponents average 11.3 points per game, and have been shut out twice. The Skyhawks defense, led by William Love, Ron Brown and Braden Shockley, will be a big roadblock for Augusta Christian. With quarterback Jake Nidiffer and running back Quayshon Myers in tip-top condition, the Skyhawks pose an offensive riddle the Lions will have to solve early if they are to remain undefeated.

STROM THURMOND (6-1) AT SWANSEA (7-0)

Swansea’s home field becomes a proving ground for the undefeated Tigers, who host perennial power Strom Thurmond in a battle for Region 5-3A supremacy. The Tigers have been fierce all season. Strom Thurmond’s offense will be tough to tame, and its defense tougher to score against. The Rebels have outscored opponents 316-93.

DREHER (6-1)

AT CAMDEN (2-5)

The Bulldogs return to Zemp Stadium after a loss at Lower Richland, looking to mend the defense, while Dreher continues to push for its best season in recent history. Camden quarterback Josh Council and his corps of receivers will make things difficult for the Blue Devil defense, but the Bulldogs’ defense will have to find a way to contain Hakim Frazier and Donovan Ward.

Akilah Imani Nelson

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