The 2011 high school football season in the Midlands officially kicks off tonight with a full slate of games.
Here are of notes of interest heading into the Week 1 contests:
Airport vs. Brookland-Cayce - It’s one of the oldest rivalries in the area; in fact, it’s the original suburban expansion rivalry. For years, the district rivals shared the stadium at Airport. B-C dominated the series in the early years, winning 11 of the first 12 meetings between 1966 and 1977. Airport, however, now lead the series by as 39-23 margin. The Eagles have won eight in a row and 11 of the last 12 clashes with the bearcats since the rivals started meeting two times each season in 2005.
Batesburg-Leesville vs. Lexington - The venerable series resumed in 2008 after former Lexington coach Jimmy Satterfield cut the neighboring 2A Panthers out of the mix between 2000 and 2007. Lexington has won six in a row against B-L and has a 41-26-4 lead in the series dating back to 1925.
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C.A. Johnson vs. Eau Claire -This Richland One series has been a give-and-take affair since the first meeting in 1974. Eau Claire downed the Green Hornets 19-0 last season to increase its series lead to 18-15.
Camden vs. Ware Shoals - Tonight marks the longest regular season road trip ever for the 1A Purple Hornets, who dropped a 34-14 decision to the 3A Bulldogs at home in the first-ever meeting of the teams last season. Camden is coming off a 20-16 loss to Spring Valley.
Columbia vs. A.C. Flora -ACF’s wild 33-32 win last season ended Columbia’s nine-game winning streak in the series. Columbia has an 18-10 advantage in the series since 1970.
Dutch Fork vs. Chapin -Dutch Fork’s 31-20 win last season broke a 2-2 deadlock in the series. Chapin won the first two meetings, including a 28-20 decision in the Silver Foxes varsity football inaugural game in 1992.
Irmo vs. Goose Creek - Goose Creek makes a rare Midlands visit for its first-ever game at W.T. Hawkins Stadium. The Gators last Columbia visit was for a game at Brookland-Cayce in 1993. GC, which advanced to the Class 4A Division II semifinals last year, beat the Yellow Jackets 49-28 in the first meeting of the team last year.
Keenan vs. Blackville-Hilda - Keenan opened the season with a 14-12 win over the 1A Hawks, but didn’t win another game. B-H won the only other game in the series in the Raiders inaugural 1970 campaign.
Lower Richland vs. Spring Valley - Spring Valley’s 42-12 win last season was the first Vikings triumph under new coach Miles Aldridge. SV owns a commanding 32-10 edge in the series against the Diamond Hornets.
Lugoff-Elgin vs. Fort Mill - Fort Mill downed the Demons 21-7 last season in L-E’s first game as a Class 4A school. It was the seventh consecutive win in the series by the Yellow Jackets who enjoy a 10-3 lead in the series. Last year’s meeting was the first since 1995 and the first 12 games (between 1978 and 1995) were all region affairs.
Richland NE vs. Sooth Aiken- RNE was a 33-3 winner in the first meeting of the teams last season. The Cavaliers opened the season with a 28-13 win at Dreher last week.
Swansea vs. Wagener-Salley - The series resumed for the first time since 2005 a year ago. Swansea continued its domination of the War Eagles with a 42-6 win in Chad Leaphart’s first game as the Tigers head coach. Wagener-Salley’s last success against the Tigers was in 1997. Swansea sports a 29-6 lead in the series since 1970.
White Knoll vs. Pelion - The Lexington District 1 rivals meet for the first time last season. White Knoll was a 56-6 winner against the 2A Panthers.