Site: Panther Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: It’s déjà vu all over again, as the saying goes. Keenan again enters its first major test of the season after whipping up on three Class 1A opponents. Batesburg-Leesville again takes on the Raiders with a 2-1 record and two rebound wins in the wake of a season-opening whipping at the hands of 4A Lexington. Last year, the Raiders were a surprise team early, and gave a good account of themselves in a 19-12 loss to B-L at Bolden Stadium. There are no moral victories this time around for a team with high expectations.
Keenan notes: The Raiders were impressive early last week in an easy win over archrival C.A. Johnson, then fell into complacency making the 34-6 victory less than satisfying … Everything on offense starts with veteran quarterback Antonio Perry, who has thrown for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns. Finding some help in the running game is paramount to the Raiders hopes of making a serious playoff run in November … Receiver Dennis Rowe is become a big play man on the outside … The defense is fast and aggressive. James Barnes is a player to watch up front.
Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers looked more like themselves in a 35-0 win over Swansea, ringing up 251 yards rushing, 78 though the air. Elliott Jeffcoat ran for 81 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, while quarterback K.J. Johnson added 50 yards and two scores on just six attempts. Johnson also had one TD pass … After a slow start, Jeffcoat is up to 149 yards rushing on the season. Johnson is 21-for-42 passing for 271 yards and four TDs … Rivers Bedenbaugh and Andre Johnson are the tackle leaders with 34 and 32 stops, respectively … Eddie Quattlebaum has 25 tackles, two TFL and two fumble recoveries.
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Series history: The Panthers have enjoyed uninterrupted success against the Raiders through the years, winning all 13 previous encounters.