This week's all-Midlands football games

September 3, 2013 

Richland NE (0-1) vs. Westwood (0-1)

Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: RNE is looking for a better offensive showing after managing just 106 offensive yards in a 40-12 season-opening loss to South Aiken on Aug. 23. RB Jaquari Brown had 57 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries for the Cavaliers … Westwood gave mighty Fairfield Central a go in a 35-26 season-opening loss to the Griffins last week … Westwood opened its second varsity season with a 35-26 loss to Fairfield Central. The school provided no details.

Series history: RNE edged the Redhawks 21-17 in the first meeting of the teams last season.

White Knoll (2-0) vs. Airport (1-1)

Site: The Wolf Den. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Airport’s 10-game winning streak against archrival Brookland-Cayce came to an end as the Bearcats prevailed 35-30. Kadarius Jackson ran for 122 yards on 20 carries for the Eagles, while quarterback Dylan Harrington threw two touchdown passes. Kicker Brady Nelson nailed three of four field goal attempts, one from 47-yards out … White Knoll rolled over 2A Mid-Carolina 43-13. The school provided no details.

Series history: White Knoll’s 20-0 win last season cut Airport’s series lead to 5-4.

Brookland-Cayce (2-0) vs. Batesburg-Leesville (1-0)

Site: The Cage. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: B-C halted a 12-game losing streak against archrival Airport with a 35-30 road win last week. The Bearcats are off to their best start since 2004. QB Zeke Walker ran for 84 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and was 4-for-9 passing for 70 yards and one TD … The Panthers piled up nearly 400 rushing yards in a 39-24 season-opening win over Chapin. Rickie Smith finished with 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Terrence Wilson chipped in 120 yards and one TD on just 11 totes.

Series history: Batesburg-Leesville prevailed 33-28 a year go to break a 2-2 series deadlock.

Columbia (1-1) vs. Dreher (1-0)

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

Game notes: Dreher returns to action after sitting out a Week 1 bye. The Blue Devils defeated Fox Creek 29-6 in their first game under new coach Treigh Sullivan on Aug. 23. QB Avery Armstrong ran for 115 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and was 17-for-24 passing for 132 yards. RB Donovan Ward ran for 60 yards and two TDs on 15 carries … Columbia evened its slate with a 14-0 road win at Calhoun County. It was the second straight Capitals shutout of the Saints. Sophomore Shaquan Murphy stepped in for injured starting quarterback William Gossett and directed the Capitals to a 14-0 win over Wilson. Murphy was 5-for-10 passing for 82 yards and one touchdown and ran for 71 yards on 14 carries. Justin Frazier and Diante Petruso were key on defense. Frazier had seven tackles and returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown. Petruso rang up eight tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Series history: Dreher halted a six-game losing streak against the Capitals with a 20-6 win last year and cut Columbia’s overall series lead to 24-19.

C.A. Johnson (1-1) vs. Keenan (1-1)

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

Game notes: CAJ rebounded from a season-opening loss to Brookland-Cayce to whip Eau Claire 48-22. QB Mike Knox was 18-for-30 passing for 377 yards and three touchdowns and led the ground game as well with 68 yards on seven carries. Kabaris Daniels caught three passes for 91 yards and two TDs, Reginald Carter grabbed five passes for 54 yards, Peter Goodman had four receptions for 109 yards and Charles Mallory had four catches for 88 yards and one score. Up front, Kendal Benjamin had three pancake blocks … Keenan took a loss last week against Lakewood. The school provided no details.

Series history: Friday marks the 46th meeting of the teams. Keenan enjoys a 29-17 advantage in the series that began in 1971.

Blythewood (0-1) vs. Lexington (1-0)

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

Game notes: Blythewood looks to bounce back from a 47-24 season-opening loss to South Pointe. Javon Smith was 14-for-26 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns in his debut at quarterback. WR Lynard Jamison had four receptions for 94 yards and one TD. Jalen Williams had a good game on defense with 10 tackles, two FL and one quarterback hurry … Lexington returns to Blythewood District 2 Stadium for the second week in a row. The Wildcats scored a 27-7 win last week over Ridge View in Josh Stepp’s first game at the Wildcat helm. QB Will Hunter was 12-for-20 passing for 137 yards and one touchdown and ran for two other scores. Grays Chumley led the way on the other side with 11 tackles, including four TFL.

Series history: Lexington won the first two games; Blythewood has won the last two.

Gilbert (1-1) vs. Mid-Carolina (0-2)

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

Game notes: Gilbert pulled off a dramatic 43-41 win over A.C. Flora, thanks to a 22-yard field goal as time expired by Zach Kilgore. There were plenty of Indians headliners. QB Mitch Spires was 12-for-17 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 174 yards and three TDs on 23 carries. RB Jaylin Jennings piled up 137 yards rushing on 18 carries. WR Raymond Padgett snagged eight passes for 162 yards and two TDs. On defense, Thomas Miller had five tackles and one interception … Mid-Carolina is 0-2 against tough competition – losing to defending 3A state champion Hartsville in Week 0 and 43-13 to 4A White Knoll last week.

Series history: Gilbert ended a four-game losing streak to the Rebels with a 41-22 win last year. The win was the 17th in 25 tries in the series by the Indians.

Chapin (0-1) vs. Swansea (2-0)

Site: Cecil Woolbright Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Class 3A No. 10 Swansea posted its second straight blowout win of the season, downing Pelion 48-6. QB Clay Lucas was 9-for-10 passing for 151 yards and three touchdowns. RB Travis Loadholt ran for 114 yards and one touchdown on just nine carries. LB Chris Brunswick had a big game on defense with 12.5 tackles. Lucas has been quite accurate thkis season, hitting on 21 of 23 passes for 307 yards and five TDs. Loadholt and Johnathon Sutton have combined for 311 yards rushing to date. Sutton has four rushing scores … Chapin could not deal with Batesburg-Leesville’s running game in a 39-24 loss last week. QB Matt Charpia provided the bulk of the highlights – completing 27 of 40 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns and also had two scoring runs. Carter White and Brandon Livingston had six catches apiece with White netting 96 yards. Nate Blakenship had two scoring receptions and 10 tackles on defense.

Series history: Chapin has a 20-11 series lead but Swansea stopped a nine-game losing streak to the Eagles with a 31-0 romp last season.

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