AIRPORT vs. MIDLAND VALLEY
Site: L.L. Willis Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Eagles closed non-region testing with a 23-14 win over South Aiken and a 4-1 record. Davon Howell was the offensive star for Airport, running for 83 yards on 16 totes and scoring all three Eagle touchdowns Airport is the defending region champion and opens Region 5-3A play this week in possession of a nine-game conference winning steak. The last Eagles region stumble came against Midland Valley in 2008 that cost them another title Midland Valley (2-3) is coming off a 19-6 win over Barnwell.
Series history: Airport belted the Mustangs 38-7 a year ago to expand their lead in the series to 17-6.
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE vs. GILBERT
Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Batesburg-Leesville (3-2) close out the non-region slate with a 28-3 win over Brookland-Cayce. It was the Panthers third win in a row after opening the season at 0-2 The Panthers rolled up 203 yards rushing , but the real story was on defense where the Bearcats were able to manage just 135 offensive yards, only 38 by land To date, Tyrelle Leaphart is the B-L offensive star with 449 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Rivers Bedenbaugh has been solid on defense with 59 tackles and 3 TFL Gilbert (0-5) had its best offensive production of the season last week in a 19-12 loss to Swansea. The Indians had 198 yards rushing with Omar Bethea going for 102 himself on 21 carries.
Series history: B-L enjoys a commanding 22-2 edge in the series against its country rivals.
BLYTHEWOOD vs. LANCASTER
Site: Memorial Stadium, Lancaster. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Bengals fell to 1-4 in a 29-7 loss to Rock Hill last week. Blythewood has not tasted victory since opening the season with a win over South Florence in Week 0 Brandon Wilds is the Bengals rushing leader with 305 yards and three touchdowns on 69 carries. Quarterback Demetric Gray has run for 186 yards and is 48-for-98 passing for 617 yards and five TDs. Receiver Damar Hall has 22 catches for 378 yards and five TDs Lancaster dropped a 17-14 overtime decision to Ridge View last week that left the Bruins standing at 2-3.
Series history: .The teams have split two meetings to date. Blythewood was a 23-13 winner last season.
BROOKLAND-CAYCE vs. A.C. FLORA
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: This Region 5-3A opener presents a tale of two teams on divergent courses B-C is off to an 0-5 start and is mired in an 18-game losing streak – the third longest active skid in the state. Liberty and Lincoln share that dubious distinction – both are in the midst of 20-game winless slumps A.C. Flora, on the other hand, is off to its best start in 36 years. The Falcons improved to 5-0 last week with a last-second 17-15 win over Saluda. Trevor Moreland’s 27-yard field goal as time expired was the difference Saluda shut down the Falcons running game, but quarterback Stephen Cagle picked up the slack – going 13-for-25 for 283 yards and two touchdowns On defense, Justice Walker and Dante Lovett have been outstandings. Walker has 65 tackles and three interceptions on the books. Lovett leads the team with 77 tackles and 10 TFL and shares the team lead with two sacks.
Series history: Flore has won three of the last four meetings, but B-C still enjoys a whopping 12-4 edge in the series.
C.A. JOHNSON vs. GREAT FALLS
Site: Great Falls. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: CAJ begins a new chapter with its first game in a new region when it travels up I-77 to face Great Falls in 3-1A opener. The Green Hornets went 6-8 in two seasons in Region 4-1A in its first two years in Class 1A CAJ is coming off its most success season in 24 years. The Hornets finished 7-4 overall, went 5-2 in region play and qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in 14 season QB Jonathan Goodman is the key CAJ offensive player Great Falls (3-2) beat Buford 27-0 last week for its third win in a row.
Series history: Friday’s game marks the first football meeting of the schools.
CAMDEN vs. CRESTWOOD
Site: District 2 Memorial Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Bulldogs completed a 5-0 run through the non-region portion of the schedule with a 33-14 win over Andrew Jackson. Dillon Morrow was 7-for-15 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns. DaVante’ Hayes (5-92-1) and Alvonta’ Jenkins (4-86-1) had bug receiving games Crestwood (1-4) closed out a demanding non-region slate with four straight losses. Last week, Lake City named the Knights, 35-0 RB David Dinkins is the top runners with 231 yards and four TDs on 48 carries.
Series history: Camden increased its series lead to 4-2 with a 14-0 win last season.
CHAPIN vs. CLINTON
Site: Wilder Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Chapin’s first venture into Upstate football begins on Friday with a date against the defending Class 3A state champion Red Devils The Eagles (2-3) closed non-region testing with a 38-0 loss to 2A Mid-Carolina. It was the most one-sided setback in nine years for Chapin Mason Zandy had had some impact moments on defense for the Eagles. Zandy is credited with 4 TFL, 7 quarterback pressures and 2 fumble recoveries The Red Devils (4-1) saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end with last week’s 18-17 loss to Belton-Honea Path. Clinton still loves the running game, but quarterback Grant Templeton has been productive through the air – 421 yards and three TDs. Anthony Henley (78-388-4) paces the balanced ground attack The Devils are operating under new management – Scott King. He is only the third head coach at Clinton in the past 41 years.
Series history: The teams clash for the first time in Friday’s Region 3-3A opener.
KEENAN vs. EAU CLAIRE
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Defending region champion Keenan is off to a slow start with a 1-4 record during a tough slate of non-region foe. Last week, the Raiders dropped their fourth straight game – a 42-6 decision to 4A Sumter Eau Claire (2-3) in coming off a bye and a Week 4 loss to Lower Richland RB Wayne Henderson (54-408-5), QB Marquise Boyan (33-for-65, 620 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Jordan Stuckey (11-225-1) are the top guns of the EC attack. The top hit man on defense is Carlos Dubois with 53 tackles.
Series history: Keenan has won three in a row vs. EC to increase it series lead to 23-9.
LAURENCE MANNING vs. HEATHWOOD HALL
Site: Highlander Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: LMA is off to a 4-1 start for the second year in a row. The Swampcats feature a balanced attack. Reco Simms (54-336-3) and Ryan McNair (36- 237- 4) lead the way on the ground. QB Patrick Anderson is 32-for-54 passing for 579 yards and five TDs Heathwood Hall (1-4) picked up its first win of the season last week in Greenville – a 26-14 decision vs. the rookie St. Joseph’s Knights Jance Shine ran for 196 yards and one score on 21 carries, Will Detwiler was 13-for-20 passing for 174 yards and two TDs and Chris Barton grabbed eight passes for 132 yards and two TDs.
Series history: The Highlanders have won four in a row vs. the Swampcats to take an 8-4 lead in the series.
LEXINGTON vs. LUGOFF-ELGIN
Site: L-E Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lexington will be looking for a better defensive performance after allowing a combined total of 94 points in losses to Irmo and Dutch Fork in the past two weeks. The Wildcats now stand at 3-2 under new coach Scott Earley Offensively, Lexington was fine in a 49-43 overtime loss to DF, ringing up 315 yards. Kevin Miller ran for 129 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries, Will Hunter was 13-for-18 passing for 172 yards and three TDs and Shaq Roland caught seven passes for 100 yards and one scored, and added two more tallies by land L-E suffered a disheartening 27-3 loss at White Knoll last week to fall to 1-4. Darius Custard ran for 98 yards and had seven catches for 74 yards, Will Dorton had 166 yards passing and Josh Ruiz had 14 tackles on defense. It was not nearly enough to offset problems on both sides of the ball.
Series history: The Wildcats and Demons square off for the first time in football on Friday night.
NATION FORD vs. FAIRFIELD CENTRAL
Site: E.K. McLendon Stadium. Time: 8 p.m.
Game notes: FC closed out the non-region portion of the season with a perfect 5-0 grade and a rousing 63-0 win over Dreher Quarterback Danny Miller was 15-for-21 passing for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the rout. Jimmy Walker caught nine balls for 112 yards and one score To date, the FC defense has surrendered just 43 points and and average of just 143 yards per game. The defensive headliners include Leroy Cohen (60 tackles, 6 TFL), Ralph Cooper (58 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 sacks), Stephen Gill (6 TFL, 2 sacks) and Devron Pye (7 quarterback hurries, 4 sacks) The fourth-year Falcons (3-2) are off to their best start in their first season at the 3A level.
Series history: The Griffins open the Region 4-3A campaign with a first-ever game against the Falcons from Fort Mill.
PINEWOOD PREP vs. HAMMOND
Site: Edens Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The visiting Panthers are 2-3 under first-year coach Dan Holland. Pinewood does not have the same explosive talent at the skill positions it was blessed with in both 2008 and 2009 Hammond improved to 5-0 with a 38-24 win at Ben Lippen last week. QB Dave Nidiffer was sharp – completing 19 of 24 throws for 298 yards and one touchdown. B.J. Bennett had 72 yards rushing and three TDs and caught six passes for 96 yards and another tally. OL Kris Simmons graded out at 94% On defense, tackle Joseph McDouglas had 14 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Safety Les Cotter rang up 15 tackles, 3 TFL and caused one fumble. LB Luke Chappell had nine stops, 1 TFL and 1 forced fumble.
Series history: The Skyhawks are 4-0 vs. Pinewood over the past two seasons, including two straight first-round playoff conquests.
PORTER-GAUD vs. BEN LIPPEN
Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: For the second week in a row, Ben Lippen draws a major challenge at home against an unbeaten foe. Last week, five-time defending SCISA champion Hammond defeated the Falcons 38-24. This week, the 5-0 Porter-Gaud Cyclones come calling P-G put on quite an air show in last week’s 33-0 win over Orangeburg Prep. QB Hudson Worthy 32-for-42 for 427 yards and four touchdowns. Receivers Stanton Seckinger (10-164-2) and Charlie Baker (9-118-0) also put up rather gaudy numbers Tyler Renew is BL’s leader on offense with 860 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on the books. Versatile Taylor Wilson leads the Falcons in receiving (23-335-5), punting (46.0 average), punt returns (12.0 average) and interceptions (2) and is second in scoring with 48 points.
Series history: Ben Lippen is 2-0 vs. P-G under coach Reggie Shaw. The Falcons prevailed 24-21 in Charleston last year.
RICHLAND NE vs. SUMTER
Site: Memorial Stadium, Sumter. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: .RNE (4-1) is coming off a 48-34 loss to revitalized Orangeburg-Wilkinson. The Cavaliers defense was burned for 513 yards, 405 through the air and 30 points in the middle two periods after the offense staked it to a 21-6 lead QB AC Whaley ran for 71 yards and three touchdowns, while Darius Paulk added 123 yards and two TDs on the ground for the Cavs vs. O-W Sumter (2-3) piled up 389 offensive yards last week in a 42-6 win over Class 2A Keenan.
Series history: RNE won the most recent outing – 42-7 in 2007 – and is 8-6 vs. the Gamecocks since 1993, but Sumter still enjoys a commanding 18-9 lead in the series thanks to 12 wins in the first 14 meetings.
ROCK HILL vs. RIDGE VIEW
Site: Blythewood Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Rock Hill (4-1) rebounded from a loss to cross-town rival South Pointe last week, downing Blythewood 29-7. Thomas Perry had a big game on defense for the Bearcats with 12 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack and 1 interception The Blazers pulled out a 17-14 overtime decision last week at Lancaster to 2-3. Larry August kicked a 22-yard field goal on RV’s first play in overtime for the winning points after the defense held the Bruins scoreless on the first OT possession Alex Evans had 13 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense for the Blazers, while Brian Butler had a key 60-yard interception return touchdown.
Series history: Rock Hill is 4-0 and had surrendered only 14 points to the .Blazers in those games. Last year, the Bearcats humiliated RV, 63-0.
SWANSEA vs. SILVER BLUFF
Site: Petticoat Junction. Time: 7:30 p.m..
Game notes: Joseph Williams ran for 145 yards and one touchdowns on 29 carries and Jordan Chavis was 15-for-22 passing for 141 yards and two TD throws to Robbie Brown in Swansea’s 19-12 win over Gilbert. On the defensive side, Randy Brown, Terrance Salley and Byron Johnson shared the load with nine tackles apiece The Tigers (2-3) officially return to Class 2A with this week’s Region 5 opener in Petticoat Junction. The host Bulldogs have won four in a row since opening the season with a loss to 4A Aiken.
Series history: The series resumes for the first time since 2003. Silver Bluff has won six in a row to increase its lead over the Tigers to 14-9. Swansea’s last win came in the 1997 state playoffs.
WHITE KNOLL vs. SPRING VALLEY
Site: Harry Parone Stadum. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: White Knoll (4-1) can match the best start in program history with a win over the Vikings in their final non-region outing of the year. The Timberwolves scored a 27-3 win last week over Lugoff-Elgin Spring Valley (2-3) is coming off a bye week. The Vikings nipped Lancaster 28-21 in their most recent outing Tobias Young has been productive offensively. He has 360 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns, and has caught nine passes for 124 yards. QB Austin Hill is 49-for-78 passing for 514 yards and two TDs. The top receiver is Austin Beamus (21-190-1) Marcus Bullard is the defensive headliner with 29 tackles and four sacks.
Series history: The series resumes for the first time since 2003. Spring Valley was the winner in the first two meetings.