AIRPORT vs. A.C. FLORA
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Airport (4-2) dropped a tough 21-14 decision to Midland Valley in its Region 5-3A opener last week. The Eagles hopes of netting a home date in the first round of the state playoffs may hinge on the outcome of tonight’s game The Eagles trailed 14-0 at the break, but rallied to tie the score on two touchdown passes by Kelvin Harris. Midland Valley, however, broke the deadlock with a touchdown pass with four minutes to go Harris had 99 yards rushing on 21 carries, and 71 yards by air The Falcons (6-0) began 5-3A play with a leisurely 48-17 conquest of winless Brookland-Cayce. It’s now official – Flora is off to its best start in modern era history (since 1970). The Falcons can now take aim at the school-record of nine straight wins established in 1982 ACF is averaging 34.8 points and 330 yards per game on the attack. Dante Lovett (93 tackles) and Justice Walker (73 tackles) are the Falcons top hit men of defense.
Series history: The Eagles and Falcons played nine times between 1965 and 1975, but Airport’s 20-6 win in 1975 was the last time the teams met in football. Flora prevailed in seven of the nine games.
BEN LIPPEN vs. WILSON HALL
Site: Spencer Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: For the second week in a row, the Falcons (4-2) lost to an undefeated foe at home. This time it was Porter-Gaud coming away with a 31-27 loss. The Ben Lippen secondary was riddled for the second week in a row. The visiting Cyclones put with 452 yards passing The offensive leaders are Tyler Renew and Taylor Wilson. Renew has 949 yards rushing and 60 points on the books. Wilson has scored 62 points, leads the team in receiving (32-443-6) and is also one of the top punters in the state with a 45.8-yard average Wilson Hall (3-3) dumped Augusta Christian last week for its third straight win.
Series history: Three of the last four meetings between the Falcons and Barons have been in the SCISA 3A playoffs. Since 2004, Wilson Hall is 5-0 vs. Ben Lippen.
COLUMBIA vs. GILBERT
Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Columbia improved to 4-2 with a tough 18-13 win over Strom Thurmond in the first round of the Region 3-2A campaign. Ky Tyler was in the middle of things again for the Capitals. The junior was 13-for-23 passing for 269 yards and two TDs and added 59 yards by land on 12 carries. In the process, Tyler went over the 1,000-yard passing mark for the season (1008). On defense, Tyler had five tackles, including 1 TFL. Junior receiver Brandon Shaw had three catches for 115 yards, the last being a 73-yarder for the decisive touchdown Gilbert (0-6) took a 30-9 loss against Batesburg-Lessville in the region opener for both teams.
Series history: The Capitals have won four in a row to increase their series lead to 9-3. Gilbert’s last success came in 1999.
DUTCH FORK vs. RICHLAND NE
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Dutch Fork comes into the Region 4-4A opener with a 4-2 record under new coach Tom Knotts. The Silver Foxes, idle a week ago, are riding a three-game Brandon Quattlebaum and quarterback Justin Suber share the running load. Quattlebaum has 456 rushing yards on the books, while Suber has 404. Suber is 68-for-123 passing for 878 yards and six touchdowns. CJ Cannon is the prime receiver (28-322-5) Jared Pryor (74 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks), Brandon Fulton (55 tackles, 2 TFL, 4 fumble recoveries), Paul Bynoe (30 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 pass break-ups) and Gary Coates (22 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks) are among the team leaders on defense RNE (5-1) is coming off a tough 28-21 overtime win at Sumter. Darius Paulk (86-614-6) paces RNE’s potent game, and has plenty of help from Laderrick Cohens (66-359-6) and Chavarius Curry-Felix (38-236-7). Cohens had 79 yards passing and two scoring throws, and 115 yards rushing and one score in the Sumter thriller Ryan Quarles (67 tackles), Chris Reeder (48 tackles), and Chris Branch (40) led the Cavaliers in tackles. Steve Davis and Ronnie Hopkins both have five sacks. Reeder also has three interceptions.
Series history: Dutch Fork has won two in a row, building their series lead vs. the Cavaliers to 9-5.
EAU CLAIRE vs. BATESBURG-LEESVILLE
Site: Panther Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Eau Claire (3-3) shocked Keenan, 35-6, in the Region 3-2A opener for both teams. Marquise Boyan ran for one touchdown and had one scoring pass. Reggie Folk ran for two TDs. The defense limited the Raiders to a meager 164 offensive yards, just 35 on the ground. Xavier Briggs was the star with five tackles, two fumbles recoveries and one interception B-L (4-2) trailed 9-7 to winless Gilbert at halftime last week, but dominated after the break to win 30-9 in the 3-2A opener for both teams Tyrell Leaphart finished with 122 yards rushing on 15 carries and tallied two TDs in the second half. Leaphart has 571 yards rushing and seven scores Rivers Bedenbaugh (73 tackles, 3 TFL),Tiris Coates (57 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 sacks) and Antonio Butler (37 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 sacks) are among the Panthers defensive leaders.
Series history: .The teams will be meeting for the first time in football on Friday night.
FAIRFIELD CENTRAL vs. YORK
Site: Pratt Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Fairfield Central improved to 6-0 with a 42-27 win over Nation Ford in the Region 4-3A opener QB Danny Miller was 18-for-27 passing for 449 yards and three touchdowns vs. NF. Chris Alston had four catches for 262 yards and three TDs, while NaJahwan McKinstry grabbed seven balls for 139 yards Ralph Cooper (97 tackles, 11 TFL, 7 sacks) Leroy Cohen (65 tackles, 6 TFL) have been standouts on defense York (1-5) dropped a 48-13 decision to Chester last week in the region opener. The lone success to date was against 1A Lewisville.
Series history: The series resumes for the first time since 2003. York has won four in the row to even up the series at 7-7. Fairfield Central last win over the Cougars came in 1999.
HAMMOND vs. LAURENCE MANNING
Site: LMA. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The four-time defending SCISA champion Skyhawks improved to 6-0 with a 45-4 rout of Pinewood Prep. Hammond is riding a 10-game winning streak Joey DeAngelis was the star vs. Pinewood, running for 149 yards and five touchdowns on just nine carries. Senior offensive lineman George Foster graded out at 87% vs. the Panthers Luke Chappell had a big game on defense with six tackles, three TFL and one sack. The Skyhawks allowed the Panthers a meager yield of 117 offensive yards and no touchdowns
Series history: The Skyhawks are 6-0 vs. the Swampcats since 2004.
HARTSVILLE vs. CAMDEN
Site: Zemp Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Hartsville (3-3) smoked Lakewood 41-10 in its Region 6-3A debut last week. Ernest Wallace ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns to lead the attack, and Kishun Dudley headlined the defensive show with 14 tackles, including two TFL The Bulldogs improved to 6-0 with an impressive 28-0 win at Crestwood in the regio0n opener last week Camden is averaging 137.7 yards by land, 222.5 by air this season. Jo Jo Brevard paces the running game with 365 yards and six TDs on 72 carries. QB Dillon Morrow is 63-for-114 passing for 1,277 yards and 15 scoring passes. The deep receiving crew features Alvonta’ Jenkins (18-485-7), Jerrod Beaufort (18-316-5) and DaVante’ Hayes (17-338-3) ... On defense, Taylor Workman (42 tackles), Hamid Mathis (10. 5 TFL, 4 sacks), Sheldon Wright (10 QB pressures, 9 TFL, 2.5 sacks) are among the defensive leaders.
Series history: Though the Red Foxes and Bulldogs are meeting in a region setting for the first time since 1975, the teams are hardly strangers. The teams are meeting for the 41st time since 1970. Hartsville won 56-38 a year ago and leads the series in the modern era by a 22-18 margin.
NORTH AUGUSTA vs. LEXINGTON
Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m..
Game notes: Lexington (4-2) enters a key Region 5-4A game on a positive note. The Wildcats closed a two-game losing skid last week with a 39-14 win over Lugoff-Elgin Lexington has no problems on the offensive side of the ball. Shaq Roland has amassed 1,215 all-purpose yards and scored 20 touchdowns. RB Kevin Miller has 631 rushing yards and six TDs. QB Will Hunter is 66-for-110 passing for 988 yards and 10 TDs The defense is allowing averages of 29.0 points and 352.5 yards a game North Augusta (5-1) is coming off its first loss of the season against unbeaten Northwestern The flow of the Yellow Jackets potent offense goes through QB Lorenzo Hammonds, who has missed time duo to injury. Hammonds has run for 320 yards and five TDs and 1,085 yards passing and eight scoring throws.
Series history: North Augusta has won the last two meetings to build its serioes lead to 21-17. Lexington won 10 of 12 between 1996 and 2007.
RIDGE VIEW vs. IRMO
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Ridge View closed non-region testing at 2-3 and a loss to former region rival Rock Hill QB Devin Kennedy is 64-for-152 passing for 629 yards and four touchdowns. Kicker Larry August has four field goals and 20 points. Blazer defensive standouts include Jonathan Fortune (48 tackles, 3 TFL, 4.5 sacks), Antoine Parker (48 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sacks) and Obinna Ntiasagwe (41 tackles, 6 TFL. 1.5 sacks) Irmo (5-1) enters the Region 4-4A season off a bye week. The offensive story of the Yellow Jackets season has been RB Dawan Hall, who has piled up 1,287 yards already and scored 20 touchdowns. QB Cord Love is 40-for-75 passing for 562 yards and six TDs. WR David Frazier has 22 receptions for 321 yards and four scores Nolan Dorton is the tackle leader with 61 stops.
Series history: Irmo rolled to a 48-20 win a year ago to increase its lead in the series to 9-3. However, the teams have split four decisions since 2007.
SPRING VALLEY vs. BLYTHEWOOD
Site: Blythewood Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Spring Valley closed non-region testing with a 14-7 loss to White Knoll and a 2-4. Blythewood (1-5) limps into Region 4-4A play mired in a five-game losing streak Brandon Wilds has rebounded a bit after getting off to a slow start. The senior running back has 387 yards and a 4.9 per-carry average Quarterback Demetric Gray is 48-for-98 passing for 617 yards and five touchdowns. WR Damar Hall is outstanding with 26 catches for 423 yards and five scores.
Series history: Blythewood is 2-0 in the inter-district series. The Bengals pulled out a 21-17 win a year ago.
SWANSEA vs. PELION
Site: Pelion Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Tigers (3-3) dropped their first game back at the 2A level a week ago – 28-10 to Silver Bluff in the Region 5-2A opener Pelion improved to 4-2 overall with a 21-7 region win over Edisto The Panthers offensive leaders include RB Jamar Pontoon (573 yards rushing), QB Jacob Huggins (438 yards passing, 5 TD throws) and WR Cory Ingle (19 catches, 359 yards) Donald Martin leads the team with 87 tackles, followed by John Kincaid with 78 stops.
Series history: Pelion has beaten Swansea four times in a row. The Panthers 27-13 triumph last season evened the series at 10-10.
WHITE KNOLL vs. AIKEN
Site: Hagood Stadium. Time: 8 p.m.
Game notes: White Knoll closed out the non-region portion of the schedule with a 14-7 win at Spring Valley and a 5-1 record ... The Timberwolves boast a ground-oriented with many contributors. Justin Rose (99-660-7) is the nominal rush, but Tyrell Grant (81-653-10) isn’t far off the pace. Lamar Ray, who took over for injured starting quarterback Jake Beckett last week, has 395 yards and four TDs on 52 carries Phillip Austin (41 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 2 sacks), Aaron Long (46 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 sack), Corey Wise (57 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 sack) and Bryan McDaniel (54 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 fumble recoveries) are top players on defense Aiken (3-3) is struggling, losing three in a row in the wake of a 3-0 start. The Green Hornets fell 28-17 to West Florence a week ago.
Series history: White Knoll ended a six-game losing streak to Aiken with a 21-14 win last season. The Green Hornets enjoy a 6-2. lead in the series.