This week in Class 2A-1A football

11/06/2013 9:35 AM

11/06/2013 9:36 AM

Landrum (5-5) vs. Eau Claire (1-9)

Site: Landrum Cardinal Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Eau Claire has not won a state playoff game since 1970. The Shamrocks are 1-6 in postseason matters in the modern era. Wallace Green is EC’s best player – a scoring threat on offense, defense and special teams. The Rocks are assumed of posting their 26th consecutive losing season – the longest such streak in the state Landrum’s to player is quarterback Aaron Bryant who is 122-for-227 passing for 1,542 yards and 12 touchdowns and has run for 1,641 yards and 26 TDs. Jacob Lansing has awesome numbers at wide receiver – 76 catches for 996 yards and eight scores.

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

Chesterfield (6-4) vs. North Central (3-7)

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

Game notes: North Central went through Region 3-2A play without a win, but it was not the fault of running back William Jenkins who piled up 1,432 yards and scored nine touchdowns ... Chesterfield is lead by quarterback Dillon Rivers and receiver David Grant. Rivers is 234-for-355 passing for 3,284 yards and 35 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. Grant had 84 receptions for 1,234 yards and 10 TDs

Series history: Chesterfield has won six in a row from the Knights to even the series record at 13-13. The long-time region rivals will be reunited in Region 4-2A next season. This is the first postseason meeting of the teams.

Columbia (3-7) vs. Powdersville (5-5)

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

Game notes: Columbia has a bad record, but a schedule that included losses against three 3A teams netted the Capitals enough points to rate a home game against Powdersville – a second-year school from Anderson County that broke even in the regular season after going 0-10 in its inaugural campaign. Powdersville tuned up for the playoffs with a 66-20 win last week against Blacksburg, tallying an eye-opening 45 points in the second quarter. Columbia closed a strange season with a 20-2 win over Eau Claire. Lineman E.J. Henley led the defensive charge against EC with 10 tackles, three TFL, one sack and one forced fumble.

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

Keenan (6-4) vs. Indian Land (2-7)

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

Game notes: Keenan dropped a 42-38 decision to Pelion last week in a showdown for a second-place in Region 3-2A. The Raiders are 7-18 all-time in playoff games, and have made it as far as the third round just once in school history in 1992 when Buddy Pough was running the show. Keenan’s offensive star is senior running back Peter Easaw. Kendrick Gathers is the Raiders leading receiver and leads at the state with 10 interceptions Indian Land is 7-15 in postseason matters and, like Keenan, has made it past the second round one time (2005).

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

Willison-Elko (8-2) vs. C.A. Johnson (4-6)

Site: W-E Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: C.A. Johnson shuffled the deck late in the regular season, moving Mike Knox from quarterback to running back and Peter Goodman from wide receiver to quarterback. No matter, Knox has been a standout on both sides of the ball, especially on defense at safety, all season W-E is 71-17 with won state championship and two runner-up finishes in seven season under coach Dwayne Garrick. Tradition alone makes the Blue Devils from Barnwell County a heavy favorite to avoid a first-round loss.

Series history: Williston-Elko had two blowout wins over CAJ when the teams were region rivals in 2008 and 2009.

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