Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Stratford notes: The Knights, who have complied an impressive 233-92 all-time record all under coach Ray Stackley, suffered through their worst regular-season showing (3-8) in 13 years. And with newly opened Cane Bay cutting into the talent base, Stratford’s status as Lowcountry’s alternative to Summerville domination may be at an end … Tyler McDonald is the Knights’ primary offensive weapon. The senior quarterback leads the team in rushing and passing … Stratford eliminated Wando from the playoff cut by beating the Warriors 31-15 last week to end the regular season on a positive note … Stratford is 22-22 in the playoffs.
Lexington notes: A year ago in Allen Sitterle’s first year at the helm, the Wildcats were probably just thrilled to have made the state playoff cut. This season, one and done is not acceptable … Lexington (8-3) tuned up for the Class 4A Division I tournament by whipping district rival White Knoll 40-0 in a game of fair historical significance. It was the 500th win in school history dating back to 1924. It was also the fifth straight win without incident at the school’s new on-campus stadium … Anthony Carden hit the 1,500-yard rushing mark last week and has 21 touchdowns on the books after gaining 113 yards and scoring three TDs in the rout of the Timberwolves … The playoffs have not been fun for the Wildcats through the years, as their 12-29 postseason record since 1970 attests.
Series history: Friday’s Division I opener marks the fifth playoff meeting of the teams, who have never played during the regular season. The Knights have a 3-1 edge in the series. The lone Lexington success was a 28-14 first-round win in 1997.