Wade Hampton G vs. Columbia
Site: Generals Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Unbeaten Columbia, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, returned to action after a bye week and rolled Brookland-Cayce 55-27. QB Ky Tyler was 11-for-20 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 169 yards and four TDs on 12 carries. Oh yes, he also ran for a two-point conversion and had two TFL on defense. To date, Tyler has 1,018 yards passing, 279 yards rushing, scored nine touchdowns and thrown for 12 other scores. WR Casey Gladney had six catches for 122 yards and two tallies. Including kickoffs, Gladney produced 241 yards on nine touches. OL James Works graded out at 91%. Justin Muller (35 tackles, 3 sacks) and Tarel Wells (28 tackles, 4 sacks) are the Capitals’ top hit men on defense Wade Hampton is coming off its best season (9-2) in 41 years, but the Generals are off to a sluggish 2-2 start and fresh from a 35-17 loss to Seneca.
Series history: The first game ever between the team produced a wild, 50-37 win by the visiting Generals from Greenville.
Camden vs. Andrew Jackson
Site: Zemp Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week:Camden’s early-season woes continued in a 35-20 loss to archrival Lugoff-Elgin. Jo Jo Brevard had 138 yards rushing and one touchdown on 19 carries for the Bulldogs (1-3). On defense, Joey Counts forced two fumbles and recovered both. Fidel Wise has 46 tackles to date AJ (3-1) is off to its best start since 2004, but the three Vols wins have been against 1A teams, so the jury is still out.
Series history: Camden has won eight in a row and is 15-5 against the Volunteers. The Bulldogs rolled 33-14 last season in Kershaw.
Chapin vs. Mid-Carolina
Site: Cecil Woolbright Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Chapin (1-3) had a season-high scoring total and tallied their first two offensive touchdowns, but still lost to unbeaten Newberry, 25-16. Ironically, the Eagles haveposted just 25 points and two offensive touchdowns to date. QB Matt Charpia was 18-for-35 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Matthew Hite and B.J. Collins had the scoring catches. In all, Hite had six catches for 106 yards. LB Devin Lawrence was credited as having a hand in 25 tackles vs. the Bulldogs Mid-Carolina (4-0) had a 14-7 lead at the end of the third quarter, but turned up the heat and emerged with a 40-21 win over Dreher. Runners Devin Holland (14-135-1) and Nick Sims-Metts (13-119-2) power a Rebels attack that produced 413 yards, all by 88 of them coming by land.
Series history: Friday marks the 53rd meeting of the teams. The Eagles and Rebels have clashed every season since 1961 after Chapin prevailed in M-C’s inaugural game in 1958. Mid-Carolina ended an 11-game losing streak against the neighboring Eagles with a tough, 31-28 win in Prosperity as year ago, but Chapin enjoys a commanding 37-15 edge in the series.
Fairfield Central vs. Dreher
Site: E.K. McClendon Stadium. Time: Friday, 8 p.m.
Last week: The fun didn’t last long for Dreher (1-3). After ending a 13-game losing streak and giving Josh Stepp his first win as a head coach, the Blue Devils wilted in the fourth quarter in a 40-21 loss against Mid-Carolina. Dreher was hit for 26 points in the fourth quarter. DB Kwayshon Drayton was the Dreher standout with had 16 tackles, forced one fumble and broke up one pass Fairfield Central (3-1) came off a bye week (and a loss to Airport) to crush Crestwood 45-7.
Series history: FC beat the Blue Devils for the fifth time in a row last season, 63-0.
Irmo vs. Aiken
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: It’s official: the Yellow Jackets (1-4) are off to their worst start since 1994. Irmo is averaging just 13.2 points a game, while the defense is allowing an average of 33.0 points. The good news is Marcus Smith returned to the lineup and had 127 yards rushing and one touchdown in a 48-10 loss to Lexington Aiken (2-2) is coming off a 31-24 loss to Richland Northeast.
Series history: A surge of five wins in the last six outings has staked Irmo to an 11-10 lead against the Green Hornets.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson vs. Richland Northeast
Site: O-W Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: RNE (3-1) trailed Aiken 17-3 at halftime and 24-9 at the end of three quarters, but rallied to pull out a 31-24 decision in overtimes. A.C. Whaley’s short touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion run sent the game into OT. Denzel Washington’s 10-yard scoring run on the first play of the extra session was the difference. Whaley was 20-for-25 passing for 263 yards and touchdowns, Washington had 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 carries, Craishaud Foulks had eight catches for 144 yards and one TD and Rorlanda Gilmoire rang up 15 tackles on defense O-W (3-1) turned the ball over eight times in a 24-8 loss to Ridge View.
Series history: O-W ended a four game losing streak against the Cavaliers with a 48-34 win last season, but RNE maintains a slim 12-9 lead in the series.
Ridge View vs. Lancaster
Site: Blythewood District Two Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Ridge View (2-2) evened the slate with a superior defensive effort in a 24-8 win at Orangeburg-Wilkinson. The Blazers had eight takeaway – five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. It all started up from with linemen Obinna Ntiasagwe and Curtis Bey, who both had 10 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. Demario Evans had two picks, but Brian Butler and Chauncy Bess returned their thefts for touchdowns. Bess also returned a punt for a touchdown. The offense, on the other hand, did little of note Lancaster (3-1) is coming off its most impressive outing of the season – a 42-22 win at Spring Valley. QB Shaq Williams wore out the Vikings – running for three touchdowns, throwing for two long scores in the second half and even picking off a SV pass in the end zone on defense.
Series history: RV scored a 17-14 win a year ago to cut Lancaster’s series lead to 5-4.
Saluda vs. A.C. Flora
Site: Bettis Herlong Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Flora’s Falcons (3-1) returned to action after a bye week, and pulled out a dramatic 26-23 win over Swansea. Tenorio Johnson scored the winning touchdown, hauling in a 14-yard pass from Stephen Cagle with just 16 seconds left in the game. Johnson finished with nine catches for 152 yards. Cagle was 25-for-39 passing for 366 yards but was intercepted three times. In fact, the Falcons were able to overcome five turnovers Saluda (2-2) is fresh from a 21-7 win over Batesburg-Leesville. It was a noteworthy decision. After all, the Tigers had lost eight in a row and 27 of the previous 28 encounters with the neighboring Panthers.
Series history: ACF escaped with a 17-15 decision last season to up its series lead to 4-2-1.
South Aiken vs. Airport
Site: South Aiken Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Class 3A fifth-ranked Airport (4-0) pitched its first shutout against any team other than Brookland-Cayce in 11 years, blanking Keenan 26-0. The stellar defensive effort was needed because the Eagles inconsistent offense posted just two touchdowns South Aiken is 2-2 after getting off to a 2-0 start.
Series history: Airport has won four in a row against the Thoroughbreds and leads the series by an 11-4 count..
Sumter vs. Keenan
Site: Sumter Memorial Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Keenan is 2-0 against 1A opposition, 0-2 versus 3A teams. Daetron Hyman has 330 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 54 carries for the Raiders. Matrick Belton is the top receiver with 15 catches for 291 yards and one TD Sumter is off to its first 0-4 start since 2004.
Series history: Keenan defeated the Gamecocks 18-10 in 1971. Sumter waited 40 years for a shot at revenge, and did the job in last year’s 42-6 rout of the Raiders.