THE WESTWOOD Red Hawks have put on a show in the opening two weeks, first annihilating River Bluff and then overpowering Richland Northeast this past weekend. The Hawks’ defense is impressive in schematics and in execution. If the offense catches up with the defense, they could be a major player in the playoffs.
Another surprise team is Brookland-Cayce. The Bearcats are beat Fairfield Central before dominating Airport this past weekend. This is a big, physical football team.
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Westwood’s Rodney Summers has done a tremendous job with the Red Hawks. He got them to the playoffs last season in a tough 3A bracket and has an impressive showing in the first two games of this season. Westwood may want to make sure he’s happy if it wants to keep one of the Midlands’ top young coaches.
Brookland-Cayce’s Rusty Charpia told Lexington District II to give him three years when he got the job. Last season, his third, he took the Bearcats to the playoffs. In his fourth year, he’s got the Bearcats looking like one of the top teams in the Midlands. Not bad for a program that has lived in mediocrity its entire history. He is marketable, so supporters of the Bearcats may want to ask him what he needs to stay there long-term.
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