Goose Creek (5-0) vs. Dutch Fork (4-0)
Site: Fulmer Field at Charles B Gibson Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Officially, Goose Creek had a 0-13 record last season. In reality, the mighty Gators of Chuck Reedy have won 31 consecutive games dating back to a loss to University High (FLA) in Week 2 of the 2011 season. GC, of course, was compelled to forfeit 13 games last season in a controversial ruling on the use of an ineligible players handed down by the High School League. The edict derailed Goose Creek run at a second straight Class 4A Division II state championship. Let’s just say the Gators are extra motivated in 2013 GC is unbeaten and is averaging 53 points and 529 offensive yards per game. The running game is producing 422 yards per contest. QB Dantez Bennamon is 32-for-47 passing for 429 yards and two TDs and has 226 yards and three TDs by land. The stable of tough running backs includes Caleb Kinlaw (69-553-11), Evan McField (59-398-4) and Tyrik Johnson (20-326-6) Dutch Fork scored an impressive 42-39 win over Dorman last week. The Silver Foxes know a little something about offensive production, as well. To date, DF is averaging 48.5 points and 484.8 yards per game. RB Matt Colburn has 836 yards rushing, 199 receiving yards, 116 rkick return yards and 15 touchdowns on the books. Veteran quarterback Derek Olenchuk is 60 for 83 passing for 943 yards and 13 touchdowns with just one interception. Austin Ruger (18-287-5) and Deion Frasier (18-232-2) have emerged as reliable receiving threats. Defensively, Lane Ecton (33 tackles), Stephen Davis (26 tackles, 1 interception), DaVon Capers (21 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks), Dominique Scott (19 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks) and Walter Roberson (2 interceptions) are the major contributors.
Series history: defending Class 4A Division II champion Goose Creek was a 28-17 winner in the first meeting of the teams last season, but the official verdict on the books is a forfeit win for Dutch Fork.
Spring Valley (4-0) vs. South Aiken (1-4)
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Spring Valley stayed on course with a 24-14 win over Westwood. John Miller had another big game for the Vikings with 289 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 carriers. To date the senior wing back has 706 yards and 12 TDs on the books and is averaging 10.7 yards per carry. QB Chris Adams is 9-for-16 passing for 148 yards and has 362 yards and four scores by land. Christian Miller (46 tackles, 6 TFL, 6 sacks), Josh Harlan (59 tackles), Jordan Williams (51 tackles) and Donovan Palmer (44 tackles) are the prime movers on defense South Aiken’s only win came against Richland Northeast in Week 0. The Thoroughbreds top player in quarterback Bo Baldwin who has managed to stay healthy this season. Stopping the Vikings high octane running game is another matter.
Series history: Spring Valley was a 35-21 winner in the first meeting of the teams a year ago.
Cooper City (2-2) vs. Lexington (2-2)
Site: Cowboys Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lexington tuned up for the road trip to the Sunshine State with a big 36-28 win over archrival Irmo. QB Will Hunter had his best game of the season, connecting on 21 of 31 passes for 299 yards and five touchdowns. Keelo Norris was the primary receiver with 11 catches for 161 yards and three TDs. Ryan Brown reeled in five passes for 90 yards and two scores. Grayson Chumley (13 tackles, 1 sack) and Jordan Carr (7 tackles, 2 interceptions) were the defensive standouts. To date, Hunter is 64-for-105 passing for 808 yards and eight touchdowns. Norris has 26 receptions for 291 yards and four TDs. Chumley is the top hit man on defense with 45 tackles. Carr has 19 tackles and three interceptions.
Series history: Lexington scored a 35-14 win over the visiting Cowboys from Florida last year. The Wildcats head south for the rematch.
Irmo (0-4) vs. Aiken (1-3)
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Shyheim Copeland ran for a season high 226 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to help Irmo avoid a 36-28 loss to Lexington in the annuall “Battle of the Dam” last week. The setback made it official – the Yellow Jackets are off to their worst start in 52 years. Irmo dropped its first five games in 1961 Aiken got its first win last week, defeating Richland NE 20-7. With the Hornets moving down to Class 3A next season, this could be the last meeting of the one-time region rivals for some time. Series history: Irmo has won four in a row and seven of the last eight against the Green Hornets to assume a 14-9 series lead.
Blythewood (2-2) vs. Sumter (1-3)
Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The return of Reggie Kennedy to Blythewood Stadium elevates what might have been considered a ho-hum game Blythewood evened the slate with a 35-6 rout of Lancaster on the road. Javon Smith and Lynard Jamison were the Bengal offensive stars. Smith was 25-for-39 passing for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Jamison had 62 yards rushing and one scoring run and caught six passes for 145 yards and two TDs. Hassan Belton led the hit parade on defense with nine tackles, while Jalen Williams was credited with five tackles, two TFL and one QB pressure Sumter is off to a disappointing start under the peripatetic Kennedy – beating only neighboring Lakewood. Last week the Gamecocks were schooled by North Augusta, 42-14.
Series history: Blythewood evened the series with a 37-22 win. Sumter prevailed 45-0 in the first meeting of the teams in the 2009 state playoffs.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (4-0) vs. Richland NE (0-4)
Site: O-W Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Richland Northeast turned the ball over three times and managed just 3.3 yards per offensive play in last week’s 20-7 loss to Aiken. QB Simeon Kelly was the best of the lot with 117 passing yards, 41 yards rushing and one touchdown run O-W is looking to go 5-0 out of the starting gate for the first time since 2003. RNE denied the Bruins in the same circumstances last season.
Series history: RNE has won two in a row and six of the last seven affairs to build a 15-9 series lead. Both teams has eight wins in the series when the Cavaliers began their run in 2004.
Lakewood (2-2) vs. Camden (3-1)
Site: Lakewood Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Camden routed Lugoff-Elgin 35-7 in the annual Kershaw County rivalry game. QB Denzell Martin threw for 187 yards and one touchdown. Kendrice Slater (16-88-1) and Brandon Hampton (16-89-0) took care of the running game. Josh Sumter had the defensive highlight with a 71-yard interception return tally. To date, Martin is 31-for-69 passing for 469 yards and three TDs. Slater has 343 yards and three scores by land and is averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Alexx Cooke (14-154-3) is the top receiver. Nelson Semple (41 tackles), Tyrel Smith (37 tackles), Omar Mingo (31 tackles), Sumter (26 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 PBU) and Delton Bradford (21 tackles, 10 TFL) are the defensive ringleaders Lakewood, a former region rival, snapped a two-game losing skid with a 25-6 win over Lee Central last week.
Series history: Camden avenged its only loss to the Gators with a tight 21-20 decision last season. It was the Bulldogs’ eighth win in nine tries against Lakewood.
Fairfield Central (4-0) vs. Cheraw (1-3)
Site: E.K. McClendon Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Third-ranked Fairfield Central rolled over Union County on the road, 35-11, last week. Larry G. Bell was the offensive headliner with 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 23 carries. QB DeAndre Belton was 7-for-15 passing for 155 yards and one TD. Kewaun Squirewell was the top receiver with four catches for 99 yards and one TD. The Griffins rang up eight sacks on defense – four by Khalil Keitt and two each by Chanti Jones and Bryon Sampson. Keitt has eight sacks to date Two of Cheraw’s setbacks have come against rugged Class 3A teams – Marlboro County and defending state champion Hartsville.
Series history: The Griffins won two games against the Braves last season. FC routed Creraw 42-6 in the first-ever meeting of the teams in the regular season and expelled the Braves from the 2A Division I playoffs with a 27-10 success in the quarterfinals.
Barnwell (1-3) vs. Swansea (2-2)
Site: Warhorses Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Swansea hopes to end a two-game losing streak. Travis Loadholt ran for 117 yards, Clay Lucas was 19-for-28 passing for 156 yards and Chance Walker scored once by land and once by air, but it was not enough to hold off former 2A region rival Batesburg-Leesville last week Barnwell has allowed 119 points in its three losses. The lone Warhorses success so far was against county rival Blackille-Hilda.
Series history: Swansea has won two in a row, but the Warhorses still enjoy a comfortable 18-6 series lead.
Eau Claire (0-4) vs. Lewisville (2-3)
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Eau Claire fell 49-12 last week at Lake Marion. The Shamrocks are allowing an average of 42 points a game this season. EC is well on its way to a 26th consecutive losing season – the longest such streak in the state Lewisville is looking to rebound from a 34-22 loss to Buford.
Series history: Lewisville was a 49-0 winner in the first meeting of the teams last season.