A.C. FLORA vs. MIDLAND VALLEY
Site: L.L. Willis Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Falcons (6-1, 1-1) are looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season – a mistake-filled 34-28 Region 5-3A setback against Airport. A rebound would come in hand, if only because it would pull Midland Valley (4-3, 2-0) back to the pack in the region title race Stephen Cagle helped keep ACF in the hunt last week, completing 13 of 22 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. WR Sam Caldera had eight catches for 147 yards and three TDs.
Series history: .The team split games in the only two seasons it spent as region rivals (2002-03). Flora scored a 40-23 triumph in the last meeting.
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BEN LIPPEN vs. LAURENCE MANNING
Site: Billy Chitwood Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: LMA (5-2, 4-2) is coming off a 37-13 loss to Hammond, while Ben Lippen (4-3, 3-3) dropped its third straight game to Wilson Hall (24-19) QB Patrick Anderson and RB Reco Simms at the host Swampcats’ top offensive threats RB Tyler Renew (172-1020-11), QB Austin Irish (62-98-723-7) and WR Taylor Wilson (37-482-6) are the Falcons big guns on the attack.
Series history: The last two games featuring the Falcons and Swampcats have been SCISA postseason affairs. LMA won both, including last season’s 28-21 first-round success.
CHESTERFIELD vs. C.A. JOHNSON
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Steve Taneyhill and the three-time defending Class 1A Division I champion Chesterfield Golden Rams pay a rare Columbia visit to face C.A. Johnson in a Region 3-1A clash Chesterfield (4-3, 2-0) is riding a 15-game region winning streak. Veteran quarterback Seth Truesdale makes the Golden Rams offense go. The senior is 128-for-198 passing for 1,801 yards and 20 touchdowns The Green Hornets (2-5, 0-2) are mired in a four-game losing streak. QB Jonathan Goodman is the CAJ offensive leader. He is 54-for-131 passing for 740 yards and six TDs, and leads the team in rushing, as well, with 261 yards and 4 scores on 72 carries.
Series history: Chesterfield is 4-0 vs. CAJ. The teams were Region 4-2A foes for a four-year stretch in the 1990s.
DARLINGTON vs. CAMDEN
Site: Zemp Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Camden (6-1, 1-1) is coming off a 17-13 home loss to ancient rival Hartsville that cost it sole possession of first place in Region 6-3A. The Bulldogs will be chasing the Red Foxes the rest of the way, but will need some outside help to finish on top Jimmy Neal’s team struggled offensively, finishing with just 23 yards rushing. QB Dillon Morrow had 222 yards passing, but it wasn’t enough to carry the load.
Series history: Camden edged the Falcons 46-42 last year to increase its series lead to 3-1.
EMERALD vs. MID-CAROLINA
Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Emerald (4-3) is coming off a 19-10 win over Broome that evened the Vikings’ Region 2-2A record at 1-1 The Rebels thumped Saluda 30-7 last week to improve to 7-0 overall, 2-0 in region matters M-C’s defense has three shutouts on the books and allowed seven points or less in five games. B.J. Gibbs had five tackles, 3 TFL vs. Saluda. Gibbs, Desmond Hair and Jackson Swindler share the team lead with 7 TFL to date Offensively, Clarence Turner (90-716-7) and Nick Sims-Metts (54-31-8) pace a running game that has produced 2,247 yards and 32 TDs so far.
Series history: M-C prevailed 28-21 in the last meetings of the teams in 2007 to end a nine-game losing streak against the Vikings from Greenwood. Emerald leads the series, 9-3.
HEATHWOOD HALL vs. PINEWOOD PREP
Site: Panther Stadium, Summerville. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Two teams struggling to make the new-look SCISA playoff format cut meet in a key game The 10 Class 3A teams in SCISA, essentially, are now lumped together, not in two five-team regions. The team with the eight best regular-season records against 3A foes advance to the playoffs Heathwood Hall is 1-6 overall, but 0-6 in the games that count. Pinewood Prep is 2-6 overall, 1-5 against 3A SCISA teams. In other words, the Highlanders need a win badly to stay in the chase Freshman QB Will Detwiler was 25-for-40 passing for 202 yards and one touchdown in last week’s loss to Augusta Christian. Detwiler has 1,355 passing yards on the books and 12 scoring throws. C.J. Miller is the top receiver with 32 catches for 351 yards and three scores.
Series history: The Highlander have a 2-1 edge against the Panthers from Summerville. The only previous regular season meeting was in 1999.
IRMO vs. SPRING VALLEY
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Irmo (6-1, 1-0) opened Region 4-4A play with a 39-7 win over Ridge View. Dawan Scott is the driving force of the offense. The senior running back has 1,456 yards and 22 touchdowns on 163 carries so far. QB Cord Love is 46-for-82 passing for 748 yards and 10 TDs. WR David Frazier has 25 receptions for 526 yards and seven scores. Nolan Dorton is the leader on defense with 81 tackles and three interceptions Spring Valley (2-5, 0-1) fell 20-10 to Blythewood last week ...The Vikings managed just 228 offensive yards against the Bengals.
Series history: Irmo has one three in a row and 10 of the last 13 meetings with the Vikings to take a 21-19 lead in the series.
LEXINGTON vs. SOUTH AIKEN
Site: Thoroughbred Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lexington (4-3, 0-1) is scoring points galore, but has lost three of its last four outings, including last week’s 49-42 shootout with North Augusta in the first round of Region 5-4A play Shaq Roland had 92 yards rushing and one touchdown and caught eight passes for 115 yards and another score vs. North Augusta. QB Will Hunter was 17-for-28 passing for 246 yards and one TD South Aiken is winless in seven attempts in its return to 4A. The T-Breds fell 36-21 to Orangeburg-Wilkinson in its 5-4A opener last week.
Series history: The series resumes with the return of South Aiken to the 4A ranks. Lexington leads the series by a 13-5 margin. All of the meetings have been region affairs.
LOWER RICHLAND vs. AIRPORT
Site: Eagle Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lower Richland (2-5, 1-1) is coming off a 14-7 Region 5-3A loss to previously winless Brookland-Cayce. Desmond Wallace (81-644-5) and Collis Martin (67-480-3) pace the LR running game Airport (5-2, 1-1) stayed alive in the 5-3A title chase by handing A.C. Flora a 34-28 loss last week. Davon Howell was key to the win, rushing for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. QB Kelvin Harris ran for 78 yards and two TDs, and threw for 139 yards and another tally.
Series history: Airport’s 47-28 win over the Diamond Hornets last season evened the series record at 7-7. LR got off to a fast start, downing the Eagles five times in the first six games.
LUGOFF-ELGIN vs. CONWAY
Site: The Backyard. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Demons (2-5, 1-0) disdained the pass last week in a 28-21 win over Carolina Forest in their first-ever Class 4A region game. L-E threw just three passes in the Region 6-4A debut. Darius Custard and Jalen McCaskill paced a 276-yard rushing attack. Custard finished with 90 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries while McCaskill netted 76 yards and one TD on nine totes. Tripp O’Cain had 11 tackles and one sack on defense Conway (4-3, 1-0) opened the 6-4A campaign with a 28-0 win over West Florence. Chris Brantley ran for 125 yards and two TDs and QB Robert Nelson, playing in place of injured star Mykal Moody, was efficient if not especially productive – 12-for-15 passing for 102 yards ... Did you know that Conway used to play its home games on the Coastal Carolina campus before CCU launched its football program?
Series history: This is the first football meeting of the schools.
PELION vs. BARNWELL
Site: W.W. Carter Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Pelion (4-3, 1-1) dropped a tough 35-28 overtime Region 5-2A decision to Swansea last week The Panthers offensive leaders include RB Jamar Pontoon (139-727-9), QB Jacob Huggins (55-89-816-8) and WR Cory Ingle (27-470-7). On defense, Donald Martin has 109 tackles and 5 TFL The Warhorses are 2-5, 1-1 in their first season under Ed Moore.
Series history: Barnwell is 2-0 vs. the Panthers, sweeping the region meetings in 2008-09.
RICHLAND NE vs. BLYTHEWOOD
Site: District 2 Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: RNE (5-2, 0-1) fell 35-12 to Dutch Fork in its Region 4-4A opener. The Cavaliers were cavalier about ball security – losing three fumbles – and finished with just 210 offensive yards Darius Paulk, who had 70 yards rushing vs. DF, is the top producer in the RNE option-based attack with 686 yards and six touchdowns on 105 carries Blythewood (2-5, 1-0) closed out a five-game losing streak with a 20-10 win over Spring Valley in its 4-4A lidlifter. Jarrod Davis, subbing for injured RB Brandon Wilds, ran for 97 yards on 23 carries, but the offensive star was WR Damar Hall, who grabbed six Demetric Gray passes for gains of 115 yards and all three BHS touchdowns. On defense, Zamadre Wingfield had nine tackles, while Jo Jo Johnson and Montel Richardson both had sacks.
Series history: Blythewood has dominated the series so far, winning all four encounters with the Cavaliers.
STROM THURMOND vs. EAU CLAIRE
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Strom Thurmond (5-2, 1-1) rebounded from a Region 3-2A opening loss to Columbia to blank Keenan 35-0 last week. QB Raleigh Yeldell is 56-for-98 passing for 756 yards and five touchdowns, and has 463 yards and four scores by land. WR Antonio Hamilton has 24 catches for 342 yards and three TDs The Shamrocks (3-4, 1-1) dropped a 38-18 region decision to Batesburg-Leesville last week. Wayne Henderson rang up 108 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries last week, and leads the team for the season with 566 yards and eight TDs on 74 carries. Carlos Dubois is the leading hit man on defense with 59 tackles.
Series history: The Rebels from Edgefield County have dominated the Shamrocks through the years, winning all nine games. Last year, Thurmond romped 43-7 in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. The schools were region rivals in 3A from 1992 to 1999.
WADE HAMPTON vs. SWANSEA
Site: Doug Bennett Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Red Raiders from Hampton got off to a 4-1 start, but are 0-2 in Region 5-4A play. Stephven Walker is the top option on the Hampton attack. He is 34-for-54 passing for 414 yards and four touchdowns, and leads the team in rushing with 431 yards and 10 TDs on 98 carries Swansea (4-3, 1-1) nipped Pelion 35-28 in overtime to even its 3-2A slate. Joseph Williams ran for 147 yards and two TDs on 25 carries, and QB Jordan Chavis was 14-for-24 passing for 201 yards and one score. To date, Williams has 523 yards and seven scores on 91 carries, while Chavis is 62-for-101 passing for 757 yards and six TDs. Robbie Brown (20-312-2) is the leading receiver.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time since the 1998 2A state playoffs. Hampton has won two of the three games against the Tigers. Friday’s game marks the first-ever region confrontation.
WHITE KNOLL vs. NORTH AUGUSTA
Site: North Augusta Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: White Knoll (5-2, 0-1) opened the Region 5-4A campaign on a down note – a tough 10-3 loss to Aiken. The Timberwolves defense allowed only 150 total yards, but the offense never did find the end zone North Augusta (6-1, 1-0) escaped from Lexington with a wild 49-42 win in last week’s region opener. Yellow Jackets QB Lorence Hammonds left quite an impression on the Wildcats after he ran for 144 yards and five TDs and was 20-for-27 passing for 162 yards and another score.
Series history: North Augusta has won three in a row to increase its series lead to 6-2..