This week's all-Midlands football games

August 28, 2013 

Airport vs. Brookland-Cayce

Site: Eagle Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: For the second year in a row, Brookland-Cayce opened the season with a lopsided with over C.A. Johnson. This time the count was 48-0. The Bearcats didn’t win again in 2012. We’ll get a better read on the team this week … Airport nipped Westside 7-6 with a blocked PAT kick being the difference.

Series history: The district rivals are meeting for the 67th times since 1966, and for the 63rd time since the dawn of the modern era. The Eagles and Bearcats, by far, are the most familiar Midlands rivals since 1970. Next best is the 46 games Keenan and C.A. Johnson have played through 2012. Airport has a commanding 43-23 series lead. The Eagles have won 12 in a row and 15 of 16 since 2005. The teams have been meeting two times each season since 2004.

Eau Claire vs. C.A. Johnson

Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: C.A. Johnson dropped a 48-0 decision to Brookland-Cayce in its season opener ... Eau Claire suffered a 27-12 setback to Keenan at Benedict College. RB Takari Robinson had a good night with 185 yards rushing and one touchdown on 18 carries. WR Wallace Green had five catches for 101 yards and one TD.

Series history: Eau Claire has won five of the last seven encounters with the Green Hornets to assume an 18-16 series lead. The Shamrocks beat CAJ, 30-20, for its only win last season.

Batesburg-Leesville vs. Chapin

Site: Panther Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Batesburg-Leesville finished 5-6 in Jerry Brown’s first season in command. It was distinct improvement over the 1-10 campaign in 2011, but the Panthers still finished below .500 marking the first back-to-back losing seasons for B-L since 1973-74 ... Chapin has been a model in mediocrity for the last seven years. Since 2006 the Eagles are 35-40, never winning more than seven games or losing more than six in any season in the span.

Series history: B-L edged the Eagles 28-21 as the series resumed for the first time in nine years. It was the Panthers’ ninth straight win in the series. The last Chapin success against B-L came in 1992.

Westwood vs. Fairfield Central

Site: Westwood District 2 Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Second-year Westwood has a stern test when the Class 2A Division I runner-up Griffins take a short drive down I-77 for the season opener for both teams … Westwood won one game last season, but picked up any W by forfeit. Fairfield Central is 31-10 with two state runner-up finishes over the past three seasons. Taking the next step in the overriding goal of the Griffins in 2013.

Series history: FC was a 34-7 winner last season in Westwood’s inaugural game.

A.C. Flora vs. Gilbert

Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Flora suffered a 14-8 loss to White Knoll and former coach Dean Howell in last week’s season opener. Aven Pollard provided the bulk of the offensive highlights – rushing for 78 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Rion Davis had eight tackles on defense, while James Croffie was credited with five tackles and two sacks … Gilbert, meanwhile, dropped a 28-21 decision to host Saluda. QB Mitch Spires was 16-for-37 passing for 188 yards and one touchdown and he ran for another tally. Jakayus Leaphart ran for 113 yards and one TD on just 10 carries. Tristan Register netted 70 yards and one TD on his four receptions. Gabe McNatt was the defensive headliner with 16 total tackles, two TFL and one sack. Mick Hendrix had 11 tackles and one interception.

Series history: Gilbert won the first four meetings of the teams (1996-99), but Flora is 3-0 since the series resumed in 2010.

Ridge View vs. Lexington

Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Inexperienced Ridge View hopes to at least match last season 6-6 report card. Lexington debuts under new coach Josh Stepp. Wildcats senior quarterback Will Hunter has 7,448 passing yards, a .611 completion percentage and 71 touchdown passes on the books in three seasons as the starter.

Series history: Ridge View was a 37-21 winner a year ago to assume a 6-5 lead in the series.

Swansea vs. Pelion

Site: Doug Bennett Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Swansea rolled to a 42-0 win over Calhoun County and coach Bill Kimrey last week. QB Clay Lucas was 12-for-13 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 41 yards and one TD. Johnathon Sutton ran for 85 yards and two scores on nine carries, Travis Loadholt had 53 rushing yards and one TD. Nick Tomkins and Austin Fowler had scoring catches. Tomkins grabbed six passes for 60 yards … Pelion piled up 338 yards rushing, but suffered a 30-18 setback against Ridge Spring-Monetta. Ervin Green and QB Zach Hawkins did the heavy work on offense. Green darted for 155 yards and one touchdown, while Hawkins ran for 86 yards and two TDs. The defense, however, yielded 428 total yards – 227 by land, 201 by air.

Series history: Swansea is 3-0 against the Panthers under coach Chad Leaphart and enjoys a 13-8 lead kin the series.

Mid-Carolina vs. White Knoll

Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: White Knoll made its debut under new coach Dean Howell a success thanks to a 14-8 win over A.C. Flora – Howell’s old team. The Timberwolves struggled offensively, but played a solid defensive game … Class 2A Mid-Carolina has just two starters back on offense, three on defense.

Series history: White Knoll whipped the 2A Rebels 40-14 in the first meeting of the teams a year ago.

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