Aiken vs. Richland Northeast
Site: Louis Hagood Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The Cavaliers (2-1) came off a bye week to dump Lower Richland 30-0. A.J. Whaley was had 105 yards passing and one touchdown throw, Darius Paulk ran for 121 yards in 17 carries, Craishaud Foulks had four receptions for 85 yards and one TD, Rorlanda Gilmore returned four punts for 127 yards and one TD and Antwan Glover recovered a fumble for a touchdown Aiken (2-1) pulled out a 20-14 overtime win last week against neighboring 3A Midland Valley. The winning touchdown was a 43-yard scoring heave from DeMarcus Chestnut to Royal Purnell - on a fourth-down play, no less. Chestnut ran for 103 yards and threw for 111 more.
Series history: The Cavaliers are 7-1 against the Green Hornets, including a 28-14 success a year ago. Aiken’s one and only success vs. RNE came in the 2000 season opener.
Batesburg-Leesville vs. Saluda
Site: Panthers Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The Panthers (0-3) managed only 103 yards on the attack in a 28-14 loss at Newberry. B-L has now lost five in a row and is just one more setback away from matching the losing runs of futility in the last 50 years Saluda (1-2) is coming off tough, 23-20 loss to Ninety Six.
Series history: Saluda might be just the tonic to soothe the Panthers’ early-season woes. B-L has won eight in a row and 27 of the last 28 meetings with the neighboring Tigers. The Panthers lead the overall series 49-24-1 and have a 36-6 edge in the modern era (since 1970).
Blythewood vs. Northwestern
Site: District Two Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Blythewood, off last week, returns to action for the first time since suffering a 52-17 home loss to Lexington. The Bengals are averaging 305.7 offensive yards a game, but have also turned the ball over nine times. Receiver Damar Hall has yet to be a factor with only seven catches for 69 yards Northwestern (2-1) returns District Two Stadium for the second week in a row. The new-look Trojans finally got the passing game going last week in a 58-31 win over Ridge View. Sophomore QB Mason Rudolph was 25-for-35 passing for 394 yards and five touchdowns, and also had one scoring run. WR B.J. Boyd hauled in 12 passes for 241 yards and three TDs.
Series history: On the way to a 15-0 record and a state championship, Northwestern beat Blythewood 36-24 in the first meeting of the teams.
Newberry vs. Chapin
Site: Mike Ware Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week:Chapin (1-2) played great defense in a 3-0 loss to Class 4A Irmo, but the Eagles’ offensive woes continued unabated. Bottom line: Chapin has been shut out twice and has only one touchdown and nine points on the books. On the positive side, Matt Charpia was 18-for-34 passing for 213 yards and Barrett Charpia had nine caches for 114 yards. Devlin Lawrence had 15 total tackles, including two TFL, and has the team lead for the season with 35 stops Newberry defeated Batesburg-Leesville 28-14 last week and is off to its best start since 2004. Tyon Williams and and Martice Flord both had more than 1200 yards rushing in the solid win, while the Bulldogs defense limited B-L to a meager 103 offensive yards.
Series history: Newberry had a run of 10 straight wins over the Eagles, but Chapin had claimed the last two encounters to cut the Bulldogs series lead to 10-4.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson vs. Ridge View
Site: O-W Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: O-W is off to a 3-1 start, but faces its first Class 4A foe this week. Jadar Johnson had two touchdown catches in a 27-6 over Allendale-Fairfax Kyle Baldwin was 15-for-26 passing for 186 yards and three touchdowns, Gary Bradshaw ran for 131 yards on 23 carries and Tre’Van Howell grabbed five pass for 125 yards and one TD. That was the good news for the 1-2 Blazers. The bad news was the RV defense was burn for 394 yards and six touchdowns by Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph in a 58-31 loss.
Series history: The Bruins raced past Ridge View 42-21 in the first meeting of the teams last season.
Spring Valley vs. Lancaster
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: The Vikings (3-1) had another big offensive game against Lexington, but the defense took a step back in a 63-44 loss to the potent Wildcats. The game produced three school single-game records: most points allowed, most points scored in a loss and most points scored by the two teams combined. The good news: the SV offense also produced 557 yards. The bad news: the defense was hit for 714. Jason Free ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Austin Hill was 10-for-24 passing for 308 yards and two TDs. Dominic Taylor had four catches for 167 yards and two scores Lancaster (2-1) is coming off a 40-6 win over county rival Buford, but the Bruins will be facing their first 4A test of the this against their former region rival. RB Roy Watts and QB Shaq Williams had two touchdown runs apiece in the win.
Series history: The Vikings nipped Lancaster 28-21 last year to increase their lead in the series to 16-12.