Dutch Fork (6-2, 2-0) vs. White Knoll (6-2, 1-1)
Site: Dutch Fork Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Dutch Fork enters the toughest stretch of the regular season. After the facing Timberwolves, the Silver Foxes close out the region campaign with a home game against Lexington and a trip to North Augusta. DF had no trouble last week, brushing aside Aiken 43-13. Matt Colburn ran for 188 yards and five touchdowns. He senior now has 1,137 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns on the board despite missing nearly two full games with an injury. QB Derek Olenchuk, who is completing 75 percent of his passes this season, was 12-for-15 for 197 yards and one TD last week White Knoll is coming off a 48-22 loss to North Augusta. Running back E’Mond Brown (17-104-1) and Quin Jones (17-91-1) had decent games, but the WK defense was burned for 252 yards and four touchdowns through the air. The Timberwolves need a win to stay in the hunt for at least a share of the region championship. A loss would not only ends the T-Wolves title dream, it puts WK's bid for a playoff spot in jeopardy.
Series history: Dutch Fork has won four in a row and enjoys a 10-2 series advantage.
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Lexington (7-1, 2-0) vs. Aiken (1-7, 0-2)
Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lexington has won five in a row since getting schooled by Spring Valley. But the Wildcats must guard against looking past struggling Aiken with season-ending region showdowns against Dutch Fork and White Knoll on the horizon. Lexington downed South Aiken 31-17 last week even though Will Hunter had a rare bad passing game. The four-year starter was 7-for-19 passing for 146 yards and one touchdown. RB Garvin Jackson, however, picked up the slack nicely with 227 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Trey Mitchell had a big game on defense with 12 tackles and two sacks. Hunter, by the way, went over the 9,000-yard mark in his career two weeks ago in the big region win over North Augusta and enters this week with 9,167 yards and 86 touchdown passes on the books. He still has a shot at breaking the 10,000-yard and 100-touchdown pass barriers Aiken has dropped four in a row, and is coming off a 43-13 loss to Dutch Fork.
Series history: Lexington has won five in a row against Aiken. Last year’s 57-32 success allowed the Wildcats to assume a 15-14 series lead.