FIVE GAMES TO WATCH

November 1, 2013 

  • MIDLANDS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

    All games start at 7:30 p.m.

    FRIDAY’S GAMES

    A.C. Flora at Dreher

    Airport at Brookland-Cayce

    Ben Lippen at Cardinal Newman

    Chapin at Camden

    Fairfield Central at North Central

    Heathwood Hall at Hammond

    Irmo at Blythewood

    Lexington at Dutch Fork

    Mid-Carolina at Newberry

    Pelion at Keenan

    Ridge View at Richland NE

    Saluda at Batesburg-Leesville

    Spring Valley at Lugoff-Elgin

    Swansea at Gilbert

    Westwood at Lower Richland

    White Knoll at South Aiken

Postseason berths and

rivalry-game bragging rights

are at stake in Week 10:

LEXINGTON (8-1, 3-0) AT DUTCH FORK (7-2, 3-0)

Both teams are perfect thus far in the region, and this game likely produces the Region 5-4A champion. After winning three games last year, the Wildcats have had a remarkable comeback but stumbled when playing Spring Valley, the only other team on their schedule of Dutch Fork’s caliber. The Silver Foxes are tough to beat with their offensive duo of quarterback Derek Olenchuk and running back Matt Colburn, but Lexington’s Will Hunter has carried the Wildcats this season. The teams are evenly matched, and the team that makes fewer mistakes will win.

IRMO (4-5, 2-1) AT BLYTHEWOOD (6-3, 2-1)

Both teams have confidence after big wins in Week 9. This game will provide the winner an inside track for the region’s automatic postseason bid. Quarterbacks David Israel (Blythewood) and Demetrius Lewis (Irmo) are coming into the matchup confident after each had at least 250 yards and four touchdowns last week. The better defense likely will make the difference, and with Blythewood’s consistency and home-field advantage, the Bengals have the best chance to win.

A.C. FLORA (3-6, 1-3) AT DREHER (6-3, 2-2)

Both teams will be playing for their playoff lives. A win against Dreher and a Camden loss gets A.C. Flora in the postseason after it beat Lower Richland last week. But the Blue Devils need a win over A.C. Flora to avoid missing the postseason with a winning record in consecutive seasons. The Falcons have the advantage of coming off a 58-8 victory while Dreher lost to Chapin last week, and while A.C. Flora has won the past five in the series, Dreher has been more consistent this season and should win.

HEATHWOOD HALL (2-7, 2-6) AT HAMMOND (7-3, 6-2)

A win in this rivalry will be much more significant for Heathwood Hall this week as the Highlanders are tied for eighth in the division, and an upset over Hammond would assure them of a playoff berth. It’s easier said than done with the Skyhawks winning their fifth straight game last week behind a more confident offense. Quarterback Davis King was 9-for-13 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Pinewood Prep. Hammond has won the past five in this series and is favored to extend the streak to six.

PELION (5-4, 3-1) AT KEENAN (6-3, 3-1)

The Region 3-2A runner-up spot is on the line this week, as Fairfield Central clinched the region title. Keenan is coming off a sloppy four-turnover performance where the Raiders racked up more than 150 penalty yards in a 29-12 win. Keenan leaned on Peter Easaw’s two touchdowns and 167 yards to beat Eau Claire, and the Raiders will need to be more disciplined against Pelion. They’re poised to get the second straight win in the series.

Isabelle Khurshudyan

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