Site: Panthers Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: As it becomes more clear with each passing that Strom Thurmond is far and away the best team in Region 3-2A, the rest of the group is left with the goal of finishing in second place and earning a home date in the first round of the state playoffs. Friday’s game between the visiting Rebels and the host Panthers will go a long way toward determining the runner-up. If Mid-Carolina takes care of business and Strom Thurmond beats Newberry, it’s over. The Rebels will be the No. 2 seed, no matter the outcome ot their season-ending clash with archrival Newberry.
Mid-Carolina Game notes: A week after losing top lineman Jesse Hill for the season in the wake of a hun ting accident, the Rebels (4-4, 2-1) score a huge 35-21 region win over Gilbert last week. M-C, despite the loss of Hill up front, overpower the Indians for 424 rushing yards … Krishawn Holley ran for 134 yards on 17 carries, Jeffrey Hentz chipped in 75 yards on 13 carries and Justin Lindler added 90 yards on 19 totes to the cause. But that wasn’t the whole story. In fact, Tyrone Wilson was the star of the game for M-C, running for 117 yards on eight attempts and scoring three touchdowns – all in the second half. Wilson’s final tally with three minutes to go was the clincher after Gilbert scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull within 28-21.
Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers (5-3, 1-2) may well have salvaged their season last Saturday night with a 28-17 win at Newberry. B-L was out-gained by a whopping margin (370 yards to 134), but took full advantage of seven Newberry turnovers, including two that led to clinching touchdowns in the fourth quarter … Tavon Waters made the game-changing play, intercepting a Newberry pass and returning it 23 yards for a touchdowns and a 21-17 Panthers lead. The Panthers then recovered a fumbled on the ensuing kickoff to set up an insurance score with three minutes to go … The longest B-L scoring drive of the night was 35 yards.
Series history: B-L won the first 12 games in the series (1958-1969) and has prevailed in the last 12 outings (1992-2007). In all, the Panthers have a 28-6 edge vs. the Rebels. The last M-C success came in 1991.