Blythewood vs. Lancaster
Site: Blythewood District Two Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Blythewood stopped as three-game losing slide last week, beating host Rock Hill on Saturday. The Bengals defense limited the Bearcats to 104 offensive yards and meaningless late touchdown. Blythewood’s attack wasn’t much better (203 total yards), but quarterback Demetric Gray was 10-for-18 passing for 115 yards and two touchdown throws Lancaster (3-2) had its own offensive woes in a 9-6 loss to Ridge View on the same field last week. The Bruins managed 257 yards, but two sacks and three interceptions proved costly.
Series history: Lancaster has won two of the three meetings of the teams, including last season’s 26-10 triumph.
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Lexington vs. Lugoff-Elgin
Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lexington put on thrilling another offensive show in last week’s 56-49 triumph against Dutch Fork in a showdown between two undefeated, Top 10 teams. RB Kevin Miller ran for 244 yards and one touchdown, QB Will Hunter was 17-for-22 passing for 280 yards and three touchdowns and WR Shaq Roland had seven catches for 164 yards and two scores Lugoff-Elgin (2-3) is coming off a solid 17-10 win over White Knoll. Malik Young was the headliner, just as he was in the previous week’s win over Camden. This time, the senior running back piled up 173 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Over the past two games, Young’s yield is 345 yards on 38 carries (9.1 average) and four TDs. Defensively, Chris Brisbon (9 tackles), Derrick Miller (8 tackles, 1 sack) and Josh Ruiz (8 tackles) led the way.
Series history: Lexington was a 39-14 winner in last season’s first installment in the series.
White Knoll vs. Spring Valley
Site: The Wolf Den. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: White Knoll (3-2) dropped a 17-10 road decision to Lugoff-Elgin and is 0-2 against Class 4A teams. Sophomore Quinn Jones had 79 yards rushing on 11 carries in his varsity debut. Julian Johnson had a season-high six catches for 71 yards and one touchdown and has 15 grabs for 190 yards and two TDs to date. LB Jacob Poston had a huge game with 20 tackles Spring Valley (3-2) is coming off a bye week with the idea of ending a two-game losing streak. RB Jason Free has 503 yards and eight touchdowns on 67 carries. QB Austin Hill is 48-for-94 passing for 852 yards and seven TDs. WR Austin Beamus has 18 catches for 352 yards (19.2 average) and two scores. Trent Bryan has been stellar on defense with 20 tackles and three sacks.
Series history: WK beat the Vikings for the first time in three tries last season, escaping with a 14-7 win at Harry Parone Stadium.
Richland Northeast vs. Sumter
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: RNE moved to 4-1 with a 38-14 win at Orangeburg-Wilkinson. QB A.C. Whalewy had his best game of the season, completing 16 of 24 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for 78 yards on six carries. WR Craishaud Foulks had four catches for 94 yards and two scores. RBs Darius Paulk had 96 yards rushing and one TD on 16 carries and Denzel Washington had 56 yards rushing on 13 carries and two scores – one by land, one by air. On defense, Antwan Glover had eight tackles and two sacks, while Rorlanda Gilmore had six tackles and two sacks Sumter (1-4) snapped a five-game losing skid with a 30-6 win over 2A Keenan.
Series history: RNE beat the Gamecocks for the second year in a row in 2010, cutting Sumter’s series lead down to 18-10.