BOILING SPRINGS AT LEXINGTON
Boiling Spring notes: The Bulldogs (6-5) posted their third consecutive winning record in the regular season for the first time in school history. Included was a 4-2 region mark – the best conference report card in school history, as well Boiling Springs relies on the ground game to get things done offensively. RB Tyler Leath (177-1149-9) and QB Tyrecous Grant (94-857-9) are the principles. Grant is also 51-for-106 passing for 560 yards and seven TDs.
Lexington notes: The Wildcats (8-3) enter the playoffs averaging 41.3 points and 406.9 yards per game on the attack. The key to far long Lexington hangs around will be the play of its defense, which is allowing 28.5 points and 337.8 yards a game Super juniors Shaq Roland and Kevin Miller and freshman Will Hunter are responsible for most of the gaudy numbers ... Roland has scored 32 touchdowns and 198 points in a variety of roles. He has 684 rushing yards and 21 TDs, has 58 catches for 1,033 yards and 10 TDs and 650 nyards and 1 TD as a kick return man. Miller has run for 1,542 yards and 18 TDs and has 20 receptions for 186 yards and one score. Hunter has been a revelation at quarterback, completing 135 of 219 passes for 1,934 yards and 18 TDs Defensive playmakers Lucas Darnell (62 tackles, 13 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries), Anton Wahrby (64 tackles, 14 TFL, 3 sacks), Chase Austin (124 tackles), Matt Bowman (76 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 sacks) and Kendall Hopkins (58 tackles, 10 TFL, 7 sacks, 3 interceptions) will be asked to step it more.
Playoff history: Neither program has enjoyed much postseason success. Boiling Springs has won only two of 16 playoffs games. The last Bulldogs state win was in 1996. Lexington’s modern era playoff record is 13-31.The Wildcats have won more than one playoff games only two times since 1970 – in the 1975 and the in 2000 during the run to the Big 16 championship game.