North Augusta (9-1, 3-1 Region 5-4A) vs. Dutch Fork (8-2, 4-0)
Site: Jackets Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: It showdown time region championship. The two teams feature excellent quarterbacks. DF’s Derek Olenchuk is 169-for-229 passing for 2,455 yards and 29 touchdowns with only five interceptions. NA’s Trib Reese is 150-for-209 for 2,034 yards and 28 TDs and just four interceptions. Matt Colburn is the DF running star with 1,461 yards and 26 TDs in nine games. Willie McCloud and Dashawn Barnes have combined for 1,703 rushing yards and 22 TDs. Deion Frasier (58-791-9) and Austin Ruger (38-653-6) are the top DF receivers. NA counters with Keyon West (64-787-10) and Dre Dunbar (32-508-9). It should be a wildly entertaining game.
Series history: Dutch Fork’s 28-21 win broke a 5-5 series stalemate.
White Knoll (6-4, 1-3 Region 5-4A) vs. Lexington (8-2, 3-1)
Site: The Wolf Den. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lexington is looking to bounce back from a 31-20 loss to Dutch Fork, but the Wildcats are already assured of one of the three automatic playoff bids available to the region. QB Will Hunter enters the final regular season game of his stellar four-yard career with 9,612 passing yards and 93 touchdown passes on the books White Knoll is in a tailspin since starting the season 5-0 under new coach Dean Howell. The Timberwolves hit near bottom last week in a 17-13 loss to South Aiken that put their playoff plans in jeopardy.
Series history: White Knoll prevailed for only the third time in 11 tries last season.
Richland NE (1-9, 1-3 Region 4-4A) vs. Spring Valley (10-0, 4-0)
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Richland NE is fresh from its first triumph of the season – a 13-7 win against Ridge View. The big news was a resurgent Cavaliers running attack featuring Barry Moorer who ran for a season-high 131 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. QB Simeon Kelly ran for the other RNE tally. Ridge View had the edge in first downs (19-154) and net offensive yards (333-262), but the Cavaliers defense came up big in critical situations – allowing only three Ridge View first down bids on 14 third- or fourth-down plays Spring Valley, playing without star running back John Miller, had a slim 17-14 halftime lead over one-win Lugoff-Elgin last week, but steadily pulled away after the break for a 38-14 and keep alive the dream of producing the first undefeated regular season performance in school history. Chris Adams and Alec Koon picked up the offensive slack. Adams ran for 133 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries, while fullback Koon rambled for 108 yards and one score on 14 totes. Christian Miller was the standout on defense with 18 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
Series history: The series has been a back-and-forth affair since RNE won the first eight chapters of the bitter rivalry. Since 1986, the Cavalier edge is 15-14.
Ridge View (3-7, 1-3 Region 4-4A) vs. Blythewood (6-4, 2-2)
Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: It’s a simple plan. Ridge View must prevailed in the regular season finale to secure third place in the region and an automatic state playoff berth or miss the playoff cut. The Blazers are coming off a 13-7 loss to previous winless Richland NE. RB Walter Napper ran for 115 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries Blythewood is also coming off a costly loss – a 25-7 decision to Irmo which cost the Bengals a home date in the first round of the state playoffs. But Dan Morgan’s team has enough points to make the playoff cut.
Series history: Ridge View defeated their neighboring rivals in Blythewood’s first varsity game in 2006, but the Bengals have won seven in a row against the Blazers.
Lugoff-Elgin (1-9, 1-3 Region 4-4A) vs. Irmo (5-5, 3-1)
Site: L-E Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Irmo secured a second-place finish, a No. 2 postseason seed and a home game in the first round of the state playoff with a 25-7 win at Blythewood last week. Shyheim Copeland gained 116 yards on 25 carries and quarterback Demetrius Lewis threw for 117 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score, but the Yellow Jackets triumph was largely due to solid play on defense. The unit limited the Bengals to 265 offensive yards, 99 on the ground and produced touchdowns by Khari Stone-Marshall (fumble return) and Calvin Rowland (interception return) Lugoff-Elgin was within 17-14 of unbeaten Spring Valley at halftime last week, but on the losing 38-14. QB Shon Belton ran for 118 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries. Jacob Collins had 10 tackles on defense, while Illichris Gorden had six tackles, one sack and blocked a punt to set up a score.
Series history: Irmo was a 40-6 winner in the first meeting of the team last season.