Lexington vs. Spring Valley
Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The Vikings improved to 3-0 with a 49-28 win over Lugoff-Elgin. QB Austin Hill threw two touchdown passes and had two scoring runs. Chaz Talent was the star on defense with 14 tackles and three quarterback hurries. Jason Free is the leading rusher to date with 276 yards and three TDs on 34 carries. Hill is 21-for-41 passing for 335 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception. Spring Valleiy is off to its best start since 2006, and will have its sternest test of the season this week Second-ranked Lexington (2-0) had scored 115 points and amassed 1,031 yards already. Sophomore QB Will Hunter is 37-for-52 passing for 677 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. RB Kevin Miller has 280 yards and six TDs on 33 carries and WRs Shaq Roland and Taquan West have three scoring catches apiece. Will Motley and Jesse Williams are the top hit men on defense with 20 and 16 tackles, respectively.
Series history: Lexington scored a 56-28 triumph last season in Scott Earley’s first game in the series as the Wildcat coach. But though the revitalized Vikings had dropped three of the last four meetings they still enjoy a 20-12 series edge.
Dutch Fork vs. Lugoff-Elgin
Site: Silver Foxes Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Dutch Fork (2-1) is looking to rebound from a 49-35 loss at North Augusta. The Silver Foxes trailed 28-7 at halftime but rally after the break. The host Yellow Jackets did not put the verdict on ice until scoring their final touchdown with 1:49 remaining in the game. Trtey Gregg had 100 yards rushing and two scoring runs, Clayton Little and Derek Olenchuk combined for 202 yards and both had one touchdown pass and receivers Jordan Berry and Shaq Price each had five catches, one for a score. The problem was on defense. DF surrendered 255 yards rushing, 207 by air L-E (0-2) is coming off a 49-28 loss to Spring Valley. Andy Small had 12 primary tackles, one sack and two TFL, but there were not many defensive highlights. On the attack, the Demons struggled as well – ringing up just 157 yards rushing and 16 passing.
Series history: Dutch Fork prevailed 29-22 last season in the first meeting of the teams in 15 years. The win increased the Silver Foxes series lead to 4-1
Richland Northeast vs. Lower Richland
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The Cavaliers (1-1) are coming off a bye week. RB Darius Paulk has 248 yards rushing and one touchdown on 34 carries. Rorlanda Gilmore (21 tackles) and Steve Davis (19) are the early leads on defense ... The Diamond Hornets (0-2) are coming off a 35-28 loss to Lakewood. LR is mired in a seven-game losing streak and is 2-11 under coach Wayne Farmer.
Series history: RNE was a 52-28 winner a year ago for its 10th straight win in the series. The Cavaliers enjoy a commanding 26-7 series lead.
Keenan vs. Swansea
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Keenan (2-0) is fresh from a 38-0 win over archrival C.A. Johnson. It was the Eric Griffin show for the Raiders. The promising sophomore scored four touchdowns – finding the end zone three times on four running attempts and adding an 85-yard punt return. Swansea (1-1) dropped a tough 9-7 decision to Chapin. Byron Johnson had 10 tackles, 1 TFL and 1 interception to pace the defensive effort.
Series history: Swansea was a 7-0 winner last year an is 3-0 all-time vs. the Raiders.
Eau Claire vs. Dreher
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Something has to give. Eau Claire is 0-3 and coming off a 62-12 loss to A.C. Flora. Dreher is 0-2 and coming off a 32-12 setback against Columbia. The Blue Devils have lost 13 in a row and are getting close to the school record of 15 consecutive losses set in 1986-87.
Series history: EC beat Dreher last season for only the second times in 12 tries dating back to 1993. The Shamrocks prevailed by a 34-20 count.
Chapin vs. Irmo
Site: Cecil Woolbright Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Chapin (1-1) broke out of its seven-quarter offensive funk in the fourth quarter last week against Swansea, and emerged with a 9-7 win. The difference was Aaron Moose’s 18-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining. Ryan Moore was played well of defense – leading the team with 26 tackles and four TFL Irmo (0-3) is coming off a 42-27 loss to Fort Dorchester and is officially off to its worst start in 17 years. The big concern is on defense, where the Yellow Jackets are allowing a 39 points a game in the early going. Irmo was hit for 584 total yards last week – 248 by land, 336 by air.
Series history: Irmo was a 37-29 winner in the first-ever football meeting of the Lexington 5 district schools.
Brookland-Cayce vs. White Knoll
Site: The Cage. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Lamar Ray continued to pile up impressive numbers in a 38-7 win over Gilbert. Ray dashed for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. The passing game was also productive. QB Jake Beckett was 8-for-11 passing for 120 yards and receiver hauled in two second-quarter Beckett passes for touchdowns The long-suffering Bearcats took a 34-13 hit at Newberry in Rusty Charpia’s second game as B-C coach. The bottom line: the Bearcats have won only two of their last 26 games dating back to 2008.
Series history: The Timberwolves whipped the Bearcats 41-0 last season and have mastered B-C six times in seven outings date.
C.A. Johnson vs. Pelion
Site: Pelion Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Since opening the season with a win over Wagener-Ssalley, the Panthers have dropped two in a row and yielded 117 points. Pelion is coming off a 49-19 loss to Emerald CAJ (1-1) took a 38-0 hit against neighboring rival Keenan.
Series history: Pelion downed the Green Hornets 48-34 last year. It was the Panthers sixth straight win vs. CAJ, and their eighth in nine games vs. the Hornets since the first meeting in 2000.