Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline:It’s a pretty straight-forward scenario. Friday’s winner remains in the hunt for a home playoff date in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs, while the loser has to sweat out just making the post-season cut over the final two weeks of the season
Gilbert notes: The Indians (5-2, 1-1) let a 14-13 lead slip away in the fourth quarter last week in a 21-14 loss at home to Newberry a week after opening Region 3-2A play with a win over long-time tormentor Batesburg-Leesville … Gilbert’s only points came two touchdowns by Marco Anderson and two PAT kicks in the third quarter. Anderson’s first tally came on a 4-yard run in the wake of a 55-yard pass from Adam Spires to Dylan Skinner. Next, the fleet senior later turned a shovel pass from Spires into a 33-yard scoring play that put the Indians ahead by one point entering the fourth quarter … Anderson had 128 yards rushing on 19 carries, upping his season total to 1,032 yards on 129 carries. He has scored 19 touchdowns … Cory Rish had 16 tackles vs. Newberry, recovered one fumble and broke up one pass. The senior linebacker leads the team with 87 tackles.
Mid-Carolina notes: The Rebels (3-4, 1-1) bounced back from a region-opening loss to Strom Thurmond to beat Saluda 20-14. But the euphoria abated the next day when it was learned that standout senior lineman Jesse Hill (6-3, 280) accidentially shot himself in the big toe of his right foot while out hunting. Hill had surgery on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season … Jeffrey Hentz accounted for all three Rebels touchdowns vs. Saluda. He had scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards and caught a 5-yard scoring toss from quarterback Clay Hughes. Hughes finished with 118 yards rushing, while Krishawn Holley added 85 to the cause … Saluda made things interesting by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but M-C iced the verdict with a long, non-scoring drive that left the Tigers with little time to make a bid to tie it up or win outright.
Series history: M-C ruled the series early, winning 10 of the first 12 meetings beginning in 1980. Gilbert, however, has had the upper hand of late, downing the Rebels five times in the last seven outings. In the two most recent confrontations, the Indians prevailed 21-14 in 2004 and 37-21 in 2005.