Dutch Fork vs. Richland Northeast
Site: DF Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Dutch Fork (4-2) returns to action from the first time since its 56-49 loss to Lexington. Brandon Quattlebaum was sensational in his first outing of the season, running for 270 yards and six touchdowns against the Wildcats. The Silver Foxes are averaging 189.2 yards rushing per game, 234 passing ... A.C. Whaley was 11 for 17 passing for 291 yards and three touchdowns as Richland Northeast closed the book on a 5-1 non-region run. RB Darius Paulk ran for 96 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. WR Craishaud Foulks grabbed four passes for 128 yards and one score. On defense, Rorlanda Gilmore (11 tackles, 1 sack), Chris Reeder (five tackles, two interceptions) and Antwan Glover (two interceptions) led the way.
Series history: Dutch Fork was a 35-12 winner a year ago, cutting RNE’s series lead to 9-6..
Ridge View vs. Irmo
Site: Blythewood District Two Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Irmo (2-4) had a bye week to get ready for the Region 4-4A campaign Ridge View (3-3) suffered a crushing 8-7 loss to Rock Hill last week when the Bearcats blocked a punt that resulted in a game-winning safety with 31 seconds remaining in the game. RV seemingly preserved a victory by blocking a Rock Hill field goal with 1:36 to go. RB Gary Bradshaw had 133 yards rushing and one touchdown on 17 carries, but the rest of the Blazers combined to produce only 32 more offensive yards. Renwick McNeil (16 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack), Obinna Ntiasagwe (11 tackles) and Jamarcus Sharpe (10 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack) led the way on defense.
Series history: Irmo improved to 10-3 against Ridge View with a 39-7 win last season.
Spring Valley vs. Blythewood
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Spring Valley (4-2) came off a bye week to close non-region testing with an old-school 7-0 win over White Knoll. Craig Steedley headlined the defensive effort with 14 tackles and two pass break-ups. Matt Evans contributed nine tackles and two TFL Blythewood (3-3) evened the slate with a 24-21 overtime win against Lancaster. Greg Huegel’s 40-yard field goal on the second OT rotation was the difference. Demetric Gray’s 4-yard scoring run and Huegel’s PAT kick with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter forced overtime. Gray finished with 119 yards rushing and was 14-for-23 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Damar Hall caught both scoring tosses. Jalen Hammett had 10 tackles and Montel Richardson had three sacks.
Series history: Blythewood prevailed 20-10 last season and is 3-0 against the Vikings.
North Augusta vs. Lexington
Site: NA Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Second-ranked Lexington (6-0) brushed aside Lugoff-Elgin 59-16 in its final Region 5-4A tune-up. QB Will Hunter was 8-for-12 passing for 115 yards and two touchdowns and had a big game as a runner, as well, ringing up 87 yards and two TDs on nine carries. RB Kevin Miller had 145 yards and two scores on 17 carries. The second-ranked Wildcats are averaging 56.8 points a game The fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets (6-0) are rather potent offensively, as well. RB Vinny Miller had 162 yards rushing on 34 carries in last week’s 31-21 win over defending 4A Division II champion Northwestern, and is at 1,190 yards and 17 touchdowns on 162 carries for the season. QB Tyrell Hillary and WR Montez McGuire came up big against NW. Hillary was 14-for-24 passing for 201 yards and three TDs. McGuire had 10 catches for 159 yards and two scores.
Series history: North Augusta has won three in a row and leads the series 22-15 since 1974. The Yellow Jackets’ 49-42 decision last season was Lexington’s last regular-season setback.
White Knoll vs. Aiken
Site: Wolf Den. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: White Knoll had a somewhat troubling non-region campaign, going 3-0 against non-4A opposition, and going 0-3 while scoring just 10 points against big school teams. Last week, the Timberwolves fell 7-0 to Spring Valley. Harrison Siakor had a big game on defense with 13 tackles, three TFL and one sack. The offense, however, managed just 219 yards and was shut out for the second time in the last three weeks Aiken (2-4) is coming off a 17-6 loss to West Florence
Series history: Aiken increased its series lead to 7-2 with a tough 10-3 win last year..
Carolina Forest vs. Lugoff-Elgin
Site: CF Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lugoff-Elgin (2-4) closed the non-region slate with a 59-16 loss to potent Lexington. Malik Young is the top offensive option so far. The senior running back has 633 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 99 carries. Zach Connell had his best game of the season last week – running for 102 yards and two TDs. Andy Small is the Demons defensive leader with 37 tackles and four sacks Carolina Forest comes into the Region 6-4A campaign with a 5-1 record, losing only to Myrtle Beach.
Series history: L-E was a 28-21 winner in the first installment of the series last season..