Brookland-Cayce vs. A.C. Flora
Site: The Cage. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Brookland-Cayce (1-4) closed non-region testing with a 26-20 win over Batesburg-Leesville. It was the Bearcats first win over B-L in 29 years, the first win over new coach Rusty Charpia and marked the end of a seven-game B-C losing streak streak ACF (4-1) closed non-region play with a 34-14 win over Saluda. QB Stephen Cagle and WR Tenorio Johnson have been the Falcons’ offensive headliners. Cagle is 63-for-106 passing for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns and has four scores by land. Johnson has 25 receptions for 486 yards and six TDs. Donte Lovett is the top hit man on defense with 56 tackles, along with two fumble recoveries and three pass break-ups.
Series history: Flora has dominated of late – winning three in a row and four of the last five, including last season's 48-17 romp. But the Bearcats still lead the series 12-5 thanks to an 11-0 run between 1971 and 2001.
Lower Richland vs. Dreher
Site: The Diamond Mine. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lower Richland (1-4) got on track in a big way in its most recent outing - a 62-0 rout of Eau Claire. The Diamond Hornets had a bye week to prepare for the start of Region 5-3A play Dreher (1-4) dropped a 28-7 decision in its final region tune-up to potent Fairfield Central. Kwayshon Drayton had 16 tackles and one forced fumble for the Blue Devils. Drayton’s season tackle total is 55, and Reggie Shiver leads the team with 5.5 sacks. To date, RB Devin Barns has 448 yards rushing on 66 carries and QB Joe Fennessy has 590 yards passing and six scoring throws.
Series history: LR’s 32-7 win last season was its fourth in a row against the Blue Devils and upped the Diamond Hornet lead in the series to 21-6.
Airport vs. Midland Valley
Site: Eagles Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Airport (5-0) is off to another great start. QB Kelvin Harris is the trigger man on offense with 475 yards rushing and 13 scoring runs. Justin Harris (55 tackles) and Anthony Stewart (4 interceptions) are two key players on a solid defensive unit that is allowing only 13 points a game Midland Valley (1-4) is off to a slow start, by traditionally is a major region player. In fact, the Mustangs are 13-2 in region matters over the past three seasons, including one outright and one shared championship.
Series history: Midland Valley scored a 21-14 win a year ago, but the Eagles have a 17-7 edge against the Mustangs in this series featuring two long-time region rivals (at the 3A and 4A levels). The only non-region clash between the teams was a 4A state playoff game in 1986.
Chapin vs. Clinton
Site: Cecil Woolbright Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Clinton (1-4) invades Chapin for the Region 3-3A opener with its worst non-conference report card 1995 Chapin (2-3) pulled off a last-second 26-24 upset against previously unbeaten Mid-Carolina. Devin Lawrence had a monster game on defense for the Eagles with 31 total tackles and two fumble recoveries. In all, Chapin recovered five M-C fumbles. QB Matt Charpia had 124 yards passing and two scoring throws – both to Eric Schelble.
Series history: Clinton was a 24-17 winner in the first-ever meeting of the teams last year.
Camden vs. Crestwood
Site: Zemp Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Camden opens Region 6-3A play against a Crestwood team (1-4) that has lost four in a row and scored just 21 points since beating 4A Sumter in Week 1 The Bulldogs are coming off a 34-10 win against Andrew Jackson. QB Josh Council was 10-for-17 passing for 190 yards and four touchdowns. Cedric Cook had five catches for 96 yards and two TDs. RB Jo Jo Brevard did not score, but contributed 177 yards rushing in 21 carries. PK Jake Ansley nailed two field goals and is 6-for-7 in field goals this season, 14-for-15 in the PAT department.
Series history: Camden has posted two straight shutout wins over Crestwood and enjoys a 5-2 lead in the series.