Lexington vs. Dutch Fork
Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: Last season’s 49-43 shootout win by Dutch Fork may just have been a preview for the anticipated fireworks show on Friday. It’s still only September and we’re still two weeks away from region play in Class 4A, but this game between the two best teams in the Midlands could be very telling. Lexington is 4-0 and ranked No. 2, while the seventh-ranked Silver Foxes are 4-1.
Last week: Lexington smashed Irmo 48-10 for its first win in the “Battle of the Dam” rivalry since 2000. QB Will Hunter has his most inaccurate (16-for-27, one interception) and least productive (186 yards, one touchdown pass), but it hardly matter in the big picture. The Wildcats still posted 526 yards, with Kevin Miller spearheading a 341-yard rushing attack. Miller darted for 294 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries. The defense, lead by DT Kendal Hopkins (13 tackles, 3 sacks), limited the Yellow Jackets to 159 yards. To date, Miller has 760 yards, and 8.2-yard average and 15 touchdowns on the books The Silver Foxes have posted back-to-back shutouts since losing at North Augusta. All four DF wins have been whitewashings. The latest was a 45-0 rout of White Knoll. DF’s two quarterback system was productive. Clayton Little had 189 yards passing and one TD, while Derek Olenchuk had only 52 yards passing, but three scoring tosses. The top recipient was Shaq Price, who caught four passes for 82 yards and three TDs. Jordan Berry caught four for 73 yards and one score. OL David Sutton had six knockdown blocks. LB Brett Shore led the defensive performance with 13 tackles and one interception.
Series history: Lexington came up short a year ago, but the Wildcats still enjoy a 7-4 advantage against the Silver Foxes.
Brookland-Cayce vs. Batesburg-Leesville
Site: The Cage. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: B-C fell to 0-4 with as 55-27 loss to Columbia. The Bearcats defense is allowing an average of 45.8 points a game to date It’s official, B-L is mired is a historic losing streak. The Panthers’ 21-7 loss to Saluda was the fourth in a row out of the starting gate and the sixth straight dating back to last season. It matches the longest losing skid for B-L since a 0-8 run that spanned the 1959 and 1960 seasons. Juawan Etheredge has been the Panthers offensive leader so far, rushing for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 73 carries. B-L was outgained 341 yards to 160 at Saluda.
Series history: Batesburg-Leesville prevailed 28-3 last season in the first meeting of the schools in 27 years, but Brookland-Cayce still enjoys an 8-5-2 edge in an on-again, off-again series that began in 1931.
Gilbert vs. Swansea
Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Gilbert (1-3) got on track in a 41-0 romp over neighboring Pelion. Omar Bethera rans for 115 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, while QB Connor Owings rang up 120 yards and two scores on 12 totes. Owings has produced 323 yards rushing and 379 yards passing so far. Collins Shirley has 43 tackles and one interception to date on defense. The Tribe limited Pelion star back Jamar Pontoon to 50 rushing yards Swansea (2-2) dropped a tough 26-23 decision to A.C. Flora. Travis Loadholt had 93 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just seven carries in the setback. He has 348 yards and seven TDs for the season. Loadholt also had a team-high 11 tackles on defense. QB Jordan Chavis is 31-for-52 passing for 357 yards and four touchdowns, and his favorite receiver is Byron Johnson (11-186-3). DE Terrance Salley had eight tackles, including two TFL and opne sack, and forced two fumbled with jarring hits.
Series history: Swansea ended Gilbert’s four-game winning streak in with a 19-12 win last season. The Tigers now lead the series by a 20-10 margin.
Lugoff-Elgin vs. White Knoll
Site: Lugoff-Elgin Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: L-E (1-3) closed out a four-game losing skid with a 35-20 win over archrival Camden. Malik Young and Josh Ruiz were the Demons’ offensive headliners. Young got the call 21 times, producing 172 yards and two touchdowns. Ruiz had only three carries, but netted 98 yards and scored two touchdowns. Brandan Brown (8tackles, 1 sack) Markus Kershaw (8 tackles, 1 sack) and Andy Small (7 tackles, 1 sack) led the way on defense White Knoll’s (3-1) first game of the season against a 4A foe resulted in a 45-0 loss to Dutch Fork. The shorthanded Timberwolves managed just 134 offensive yards, the bulk of which was accounted for by Marcel Williams (24 carries, 106 yards).
Series history: White Knoll was a 27-3 winner a year ago, cutting Lugoff-Elgin’s series lead to 3-2..