Swansea (5-2, 2-0 Region 5-3A) vs. Strom Thurmond (6-1, 2-0)
Site: Doug Bennett Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Swansea scored a nail-biting 47-42 win over Midland Valley last week to set up a first-place showdown with Strom Thurmond this week. The Tigers have the second-highest point total in the region (261) and the second lowest defensive yield (154). Running backs Travis Loadholt and Chance Walker combined for 310 yards rushing and four touchdowns against Midland Valley. Loadholt had 205 yards and three TDs on 29 totes. QB Clay Lucas was 8-for-15 passing for 137 yards and two TDs. Craig Johnson was the top receiver with five catches for 92 yards and two scores. Their were not many defensive highlights in the game, but Tigers safety TyQuan Austin did managed 12 tackles and two interceptions Strom Thurmond defeated Airport 39-7 last week in preparation for the key game. The Rebels hit Airport for 329 yards by land and 138 through the air. Darius Hammond had 129 yards rushing and three touchdowns. QB Jauveer Hammond threw for 138 yards and one TD and ran for 96 yards and one TD. Nick Clark returned one of the Rebels four interceptions for a touchdown.
Series history: Swansea’s only success in five previous games against Strom Thurmond was in 1973.
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Midland Valley (4-3, 1-1 Region 5-3A) vs. Brookland-Cayce (6-1, 1-1)
Site: L.L. Willis Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Brookland-Cayce rebounded from a blowout loss to Strom Thurmond with a 40-27 win over Gilbert. QB Zeke Walker was a productive player for the Bearcats – running for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and hitting 7 of 13 passes for 158 yards and two TDs. To date, Walker has run for 10 scores and thrown for nine Midland Valley put up big numbers last week, but dropped a wild 47-42 decision to Swansea. QB Daniel Carr had an awesome performance with 277 yards passing and four TD passes, plus 110 yards rushing and two scoring runs.
Series history: Midland Valley has prevailed in five of the last six meetings to expand its series lead to 21-12.
Gilbert (3-4, 0-2 Region 5-3A) vs. Airport (1-6, 0-2)
Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Gilbert has lost three in a row, allowing the opposition to average 43.7 points per game during the skid. Offense has not been the problem. The Indians put up 389 yards in a 40-22 loss to Brookland-Cayce last week. RB Jakayus Leaphart ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. QB Mitch Spires had 134 yards passing, 71 yards rushing and one TD. WR Raymond Padgett hauled in six passes for 102 yards. But at some point the Tribe has to make some stops on defense to keep their fading playoff hopes alive Airport has lost six in a row since opening the season with a one-point win over Westside. The Eagles suffered a 39-7 loss last week to Strom Thurmond. QB Dylan Harrington was 12-for-22 passing for 159 yards and one touchdown, but also threw four interceptions. Former quarterback Kadarius Jackson had three receptions for 91 yards and one TD.
Series history: Gilbert was a 38-35 winner last season in the first meeting of the teams.