The Wildcats (9-2) take their aerial assault to Roebuck, where QB Trey Robinson and the Cavaliers (7-4) average 205 passing yards and 384 total yards per game. Dorman’s defense, led by Mycheal Payden and Ray Smith, has allowed 326 yards and have a minus-4 turnover margin. Lexington’s Will Hunter directs an offense that posts 393 yards with a balanced attack. Garvin Jackson leads the Wildcats with 12 rushing TDs and an average 107 yards per game.
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at Spring Valley
The Spring Valley Vikings rumble into the postseason with an unblemished record. But Spartanburg (6-5) is capable of putting up big numbers. Spring Valley’s run-first offense features three backs averaging a first-down per carry. Protecting QB Chris Adams will be a key piece of the Vikings’ attack, as the Spartanburg defense has garnered nine sacks. Tavien Feaster leads Spartanburg in all-purpose yardage.
Fort Dorchester at Dutch Fork
Fort Dorchester (7-4) takes on the Silver Foxes’ big offense as Dutch Fork gets its bid for a second consecutive state championship berth underway. RB Matt Colburn gives the Silver Foxes the upper hand, and Derek Olenchuk puts up more than 200 yards per game, completing nearly 75 percent of his passes. The Foxes will be tough for Fort Dorchester’s defense to tame. David Govan and Kevyn Flores lead the Patriot defense as they try to limit Colburn and Olenchuk.
at South Pointe
The Yellow Jackets must avoid the mistakes that fueled their 0-4 start — especially turnovers. Irmo’s Shyheim Copeland will likely bear the load for the Yellow Jackets (6-5). When these squads met in the season opener, South Pointe earned a four-point victory. Irmo is much-improved, as is South Pointe (9-2 ). The Stallions bring an offense that puts up 366 yards per game , led by QB Zaylin Burris.
The Bengals’ 7-4 record is not indicative of their strength. Blythewood has a strong passing game, led by QBs David Israel and Javon Smith, which accounts for two-thirds of its offensive production. Blythewood’s specials teams play, with kicking from Greg Huegel and returns from Aaron Peak and Lynard Jamison, could be the difference. The Bengals are 4-2 on the road; Beaufort (8-3) has lost one game at home.
With the leadership of QB Chris Patterson and featured back Christian Brown, the Westwood Redhawks have an offense that can do damage. Greer (9-2) edged Emerald by four points to advance. The Yellow Jackets have averaged nearly 40 points, while holding opponents to fewer than two touchdowns per game. The Redhawk defense, led by Stephen Timmons and Raymond Hall, must slow the Greer attack.
The Capitals are on a three-win run. The Caps (4-7) have not scored more than three touchdowns in a game this season, and could win here with strong defensive play. The Cheraw Braves (6-4) are averaging 17 points.
Crescent at Pelion
Pelion (6-4) got a bye into the second round, while Crescent used a 2-point to win over Mid-Carolina to advance. With two evenly matched offenses, defense will prove key to victory. Pelion’s ball-control offense — guided by QB Zach Hawkins and RB Ervin Green — can seal the game by keeping the Tigers’ offense off the field.
at Fairfield Central
In this region rematch, the unbeaten Griffins have a big offensive advantage. Keenan will need a pristine performance from its defense, led by Tarik Williams and Richard Lawhorn.
Phil Strickland’s Bulldogs (8-3) have won two in a row and are 3-2 on the road. Against the Pendleton Bulldogs (6-4), Newberry and QB Khalil Sheppard need an efficient offense. Pendleton averages 27 points per game to Newberry’s 30.
Landrum at Batesburg-
QB Jac’Quiel Chandler and the Panthers should be in fine form after their bye through the first round. Batesburg rushers Rickey Adams and Terrance Wilson help to give their flexbone offense bite. The Panthers have won by two or more touchdowns in all but two of their games. The Cardinals (6-5) and QB Aaron Bryant can match that offense, as they average 449 yards with their balanced attack.
Hammond at Orangeburg Prep
The Skyhawks (9-3) have won seven in a row and are one game from returning to the state finals for a ninth consecutive year. Orangeburg Prep (11-1) is led by QB Marion McCurry. Hammond’s DeAndre Lee-Smith leads the Skyhawks defense as it looks to put a damper on the Indians’ 370 yards per game of offense.
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