Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Irmo notes: The Yellow Jackets (2-1) rebounded smartly from a road loss at Fort Dorchester, whipping Summerville and legendary coach John McKissick 42-35 at home last week. It was the Mustafa Greene show. The senior star got the call 42 times and produced 283 rushing yards and four scoring runs … Quarterback David Olson also had a nice game, connecting on 13 of 21 passes for 147 yards and one TD. The decisive score, as it turned out, was an interception return for a first-quarter touchdown by Justin Chiles … Greene now has 565 rushing yards and eight total scores on the books, and is averaging 7.1 yards per tote. Olson is 32-for-67 passing for 418 yards and five TDs with no interceptions. He is also averaging 37.6 yards on 11 punts. The top receiver is David Frazier with 12 catches for 129 yards and two TDs … On the defensive side, Jordan Kirven leads the team with 41 tackles, and Chiles has two interceptions.
Spring Valley notes: The Vikings (2-1) are showing some life again in Quay Farr’s third season in charge. Spring Valley picked up an important 28-21 road win last week at Lexington as senior Markese Mason had one of those from-out-of-nowhere games. Mason, who is out for football for the first time in high school, exploded for 189 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He had 12 yards in his varsity debut and sat out Week 2 because of illness … Before Mason’s emergence, sophomore quarterback Austin Hill was the SV storyline. Hill is 37-for-63 passing for 476 yards and two TDs … Leroy Coad is the leading receiver with 11 catches for 189 yards and one score … Marcus Bullard and Jarrion Manning are the hit leader on defense with 35 and 31 tackles, respectively, but Trey Seals has also been a force with four sacks in three games.
Series history: There was a time – well, decades ago now – when there was no bigger football game in the Midlands than Irmo vs. Spring Valley. They were the flagship schools as Columbia’s suburbs began the process of population explosion. Making the rivalry even hotter was the fact that Joe Turbeville, who built the new Spring Valley program to powerhouse status (winning three straight 4A titles), fled the Northeast for Irmo once RNE opened and started to bleed the Vikings of talent. Turbeville then won a title at Irmo. These days, Irmo remains a perennial playoff force, while the Vikings have had to deal with the ups and downs of constant expansion in its district. The Yellow Jackets, in fact, have won nine of 12 meetings since 1997, but Spring Valley still enjoys a slight 19-18 overall edge.