No. 7 Irmo Yellow Jackets (5-1, 2-0) vs. No. 8 North Augusta Yellow Jackets (6-0)
Today, 7:30 p.m., North Augusta High Stadium, North Augusta
Mustafa Greene, Irmo - The senior running back has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark and has scored 18 touchdowns to go with his 1,169 yards. That's a great season for most. He's done it in six games.
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Loranzo Hammonds, North Augusta - The dual-threat quarterback, a junior, has rushed for a team-best 482 yards and nine touchdowns and has thrown for 1,024 yards.
North Augusta has displayed a stingy defense, allowing 10 points per game. But North Augusta coach Dan Pippin admits his team hasn't faced the likes of Irmo. North Augusta's best hope is to limit Irmo's possessions and keep the ball away from Greene and Co.
Hammonds has thrown 12 touchdown passes against one interception. That must continue for his team to have a chance. Irmo has more than enough offensive weapons to overcome a few mistakes. But it would be unwise to give the home team too many chances.
Who's the best?
For all the ability these teams have to chew up yardage on the ground, wide receivers David Frazier and Matt Hazel could have the final say in who wins. Hazel, a North Augusta senior, has caught nine of Hammonds' 12 touchdown passes and is averaging 20.7 yards per catch. Frazier, Irmo's junior, has 371 receiving yards (15.5 per catch) with five touchdowns.
" We have a lot of strong kids. We run well to the ball. But I'm watching them on film and I had to stop watching. You can't defend everything they do." - Dan Pippin, North Augusta coach
"There is a little more focus and sense of urgency at practice, which is good. I like the way we are practicing. They know the importance of this game." - Bob Hanna, Irmo coachTHE PICK
Irmo 24, North Augusta 14
Region 5-4A will not be won tonight, but the winner will take a major step toward claiming the crown. Irmo has played the tougher schedule and that experience, along with its talent, will win out.