A.C. Flora vs. Swansea
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Flora (2-1) returns to action after a bye week. In the most recent outing, the Falcons blitzed Eau Claire 62-12. Senior QB Stephen Cagle is 26-for-44 passing for 494 yards and seven touchdowns. Tenorio Johnson (14-237) and Schroeder Carlton (6-174) have been big-play receivers to date RB Travis Loadholt (43-255-5) and QB Jordan Chavis (292 yards passing, 3 TDs) are the offensive movers for Swansea. The Tigers improved to 2-1 with a 23-20 win over Keenan
Series history: ACF was a 37-0 winner in the first-ever meeting last season.
Airport vs. Keenan
Site: Eagle Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Keenan (2-2) is looking to bounce back from a tough 23-20 loss to Swansea. Daetron Hyman had 72 yards rushing and one touchdown on 11 carries. On defense, Brandon Smalls had 12 tackles and two sacks Airport remained undefeated by handing Hartsville its first loss of the season. The verdict allowed the Eagles to move up to No. 2 in this week’s S.C. Media Class 3A rankings. QB Kelvin Harris has 287 yards passing and 260 yards rushing on the books. Defensive linemen Stephen Skrocki and Ca’von Howell boast a combined total of five sacks. Josh Hillian leads the club with 33 tackles.
Series history: Airport was a 41-14 winner last season in the first game between the schools in 40 years.
Camden vs. Lugoff-Elgin
Site: Zemp Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Camden (1-2 is coming off a bye week. RB Jo Jo Brevard has 234 yards rushing and one touchdown on 46 carriers. QB Josh Council is 19-for-46 passing for 180 yards and three TDs. Kicker Jake Ansley has yet to miss; he’s 4-for-4 on field goals, 8-for-8 on PATs. LB Fidel Wise has 25 tackles and two fumble recoveries Lugoff-Elgin dropped to 0-3 in a 41-0 loss to Dutch Fork, and will be looking to avoid its first 0-4 start in 18 years. The Demons managed just 124 yards vs. DF and are averaging only 180.7 yards and 12.3 points a game so far. The nominal offensive leader is running back Malik Young, who has 236 yards and two touchdowns on 48 carries.
Series history: Camden snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-10 win and increased it series lead to 25-6.
Columbia vs. Brookland-Cayce
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Columbia (3-0) returns after a bye week. QB Ky Tyler is 47-for-86 passing for 805 yards. WR Casey Gladney has 27 catches for 492 yards and six TDs, not to mention a team-leading 40 tackles on defense B-C is 0-3 under new coach Rusty Charpia and is allowing an average of 42.7 points a game.
Series history: The Capitals have won two in a row and four of the last five, but Brookland-Cayce still enjoys a slim 10-9 lead in the series since 1970.
Eau Claire vs. Lower Richland
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Last week: Something has to give in this rare Saturday afternoon game. Lower Richland is 0-4 and coming off a 30-0 loss to Richland Northeast. Eau Claire is 0-4 and fresh from a 42-12 loss to Dreher Eau Claire quarterback Marquise Boyan is 29-for-53 passing for 377 yards and four touchdowns and also leads the Shamrocks is rushing (324 yards). WR Jordan Stuckey has 24 catches for 252 yards and two TDs.
Series history: To say the Diamond Hornets have dominated the series is the understatement of the year. In fact, LR has won 10 in a row and 23 of the 24 meetings with the Shamrocks since the dawn of the modern era in 1970.
Irmo vs. Lexington
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Irmo (1-3) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 overtime win against Chapin. The defense played much better, but will be facing an entirely different deal in the annual “Battle of the Dam” game against potent Lexington The Wildcats (3-0) went for 63 points and 714 total offensive yards against Spring Valley. QB Will Hunter was 18-for-26 passing for 395 yards and four touchdowns. RB Kevin Miller ran for 187 yards and one TD on 22 carries and caught three passes for 109 yards and one tally. Shaq Roland had nine receptions for 192 yards and three TDs and returned a punt 95 yards for a score. Lexington is averaging an astonishing 581.7 yards and 59.3 points a game.
Series history: Irmo has won 11 in a row since Lexington’s 50-18 romp in 2000. The Yellow Jackets have lost only nine of the 43 “Damfests” since 1970.
Pelion vs. Gilbert
Site: Pelion Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Gilbert finally got the offense in gear, but still fell 58-40 to Mid-Carolina. QB Connor Owings has 203 yards rushing and one touchdowns on 36 carries and is 24-for-62 passing for 349 yards and two TDs. WR Mike Morrison has 13 catches for 235 yards and two scores Pelion (2-2) evened the slate with a 32-22 win over C.A. Johnson. Jamar Pontoon is the Panthers driving force on offense with 608 yards rushing on 87 carries, five touchdowns and 32 points.
Series history: Gilbert won the first 15 games between the neighboring rural Lexington County schools, but Pelion has a slight, 8-7 advantage since its first win over the Indians in 1997.
White Knoll vs. Dutch Fork
Site: The Wolf Den. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: After three straight blowout wins over less-than-challenging competition, White Knoll gets its first true test of the season after putting to 459 yards in a 45-16 win over Brookland-Cayce Dutch Fork (3-1) rebounded from a loss to North Augusta with a 41-0 rout of Lugoff-Elgin. Trey Gregg (133) and Walter Roberson (105) both cracked the 100-yard rushing mark, QB Derek Olenchuk was 10-for-17 passing for 129 yards and four touchdowns. Receivers Shaq Price (6-64-2) and Jordan Berry (6-73-1) had big games. The defense pitched its third shutout of the season, limiting L-E to a meager 124 total yards.
Series history: Dutch Fork prevailed 31-14 a year ago and leads the series by a 7-2 margin, but the teams have split the last four contests.