Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers (4-4, 1-2) dropped yet another close game last week at home to Newberry, which scored nine points in the final 30 second of the game to escape with a 16-7 win that eliminated B-L from any chance of hosting a first-round playoff game. The decisive points came with quarterback K.J. Johnson was sacked in the end zone for a safety with 9.1 seconds to go … The Panthers need one more win in the final two weeks of the season to make the playoff cut. The last time B-L failed to make the grade was in 1987 … The wet field conditions and solid play by the Newberry defense conspired to limit the Panthers attack to a meager 177 offensive yards last week … The lone B-L touchdown came on a 48-yard run by Ricky Adams at 2:15 of the second quarter … The Panthers defensive leaders include Andre Johnson (76 tackles), Rivers Bedenbaugh (60 tackles), Eddie Quattlebaum (47 tackles, 5 TFL) and Jamal Bryant (31 tackles, 8 interceptions).
Mid-Carolina notes: The Rebels (5-3, 2-1) remain in the hunt for the Region 3-2A championship, but must win over the final two weeks of the regular season to earn at least a share of the title. M-C meets county rival Newberry in Week 10 … The Rebels three losses this season (to Midland Valley, Chapin and Strom Thurmond) have been by a combined margin of 11 points … The ground-oriented M-C offense approach features solid running by Krishawn Holley (115-733-7), Clarence Turner (84-626-7) and Quin Cureton (75-298-8).
Series history: Beating the Panthers would be a major accomplishment for the Rebels. B-L is riding a 13-game winning streak in the series and enjoys a 17-6 overall edge. The last Rebels win was in 1991. Last year, the Panthers squeezed out a 17-15 victory.