Site: Eagles Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
South Aiken notes: The Thoroughbreds (1-6, 1-1) are coming off a bitter, mistake-marred 16-7 loss to Brookland-Cayce. South Aiken scored on its first possession of the game, but never found the end zone again. Three turnovers in the fourth quarter negated any hopes of a comeback … Denzell Washington, SA’s one true offensive threat, had 144 yards rushing on 28 carries, and had a 13-yards scoring run in the first quarter to cap a 55-yard scoring march … Sophomore quarterback Tanner Hawley had a tough night, completing just 4 of 12 passes for a meager 27 yards. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the fourth quarter … The Thoroughbreds only success so far came in a 35-0 win over Dreher in the region opener.
Airport notes: The Eagles (5-2, 1-1) rebounded from a gut-wrenching 17-14 loss to Midland Valley in the Region 5-3A opener with a 47-8 romp over Swansea last week … W.T. Murden had a big night with 141 yards rushing and one touchdown on 14 carries, while hitting 12 of 16 passes for 122 yards and one score. Ryan Smith had 86 yards and two TDs on just seven carries … The defense limited Swansea to 139 total yards, and had three takeaways. Miquel Cokely led the way with 16 tackles. Rashaad Hampton, Chris Phillips and Michael Matthews all contributed 10 tackles to the cause.
Series history: The teams meet for the first time since 2003. Airport boasts an 8-4 lead in the series that began in 1992 when South Aiken moved up to Class 4A. This will be the first encounter with both teams at the 3A level.