Gilbert vs. Keenan
Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Gilbert (2-5, 1-1) dropped a 44-35 Region 3-2A decision to Columbia. Connor had a huge offensive game for the Indians – running for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and going 11-for-28 passing for 110 yards and two TDs Keenan (3-4, 1-1) was overmatched in last week’s 55-8 loss at Strom Thurmond. The Raiders balanced attack features running backs Daetron Hyman (580 yards, 5.4 average, 3 TDs) and David Michael Clark (502 yards, 6.1 average, 2 TDs), quarterback Titus Hopkins (862 yards passing, 7 TDs) and receiver Matrick Belton (30 catches, 650 yards, 21.7 average, 4 TDs).
Series history: Gilbert has never faltered against the Raiders. Last season’s 23-6 triumph upped the Indians’ series lead to 5-0.
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Batesburg-Leesville vs. Columbia
Site: Panther Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Columbia (5-2, 1-1) scored a wild 44-35 Region 3-2A win at Gilbert last week. QB Ky Tyler put on quite an offensive show again for the Capitals. He ran for 134 yards, one touchdown and one two-point conversion and threw for 159 yards, four TDs and one two-pointer. WR Casey Gladney had five receptions for 63 yards and two TDs and had one PAT run and one PAT catch. Columbia’s season leaders on defense are Tarel Wells (63 tackles, 4 sacks) and Justin Muller (62 tackles, 3 sacks) Batesburg-Leesville (1-6, 1-1) scored its first win of the season against winless Eau Claire, 38-13.
Series history: B-L has won two in a row but the Capitals still cling to a 10-9 series lead. The teams first met in 1920.
Strom Thurmond vs. Eau Claire
Site: Strom Thurmond Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Second-ranked Strom Thurmond (7-0, 2-0) thumped Keenan 55-8 last week and faces the winless Shamrocks, who are ftresh from a 38-18 loss to previously winless Batesburg-Leesville. Do the math.
Series history: Thurmond is 10-0 all-time against Eau Claire, including a 56-18 romp last season.
Wade Hampton vs. Swansea
Site: Red Devil Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Swansea (5-2, 2-0) crushed county rival Pelion 60-14 to stay put atop the Region 5-2A standings. The 60 points matched the third-highest single-game total in program history. QB Jordan Chavis was 8-for-11 passing 151 yards and four touchdowns. WR Robbie Brown hauled in four passes for 95 yards and two scores. RB Travis Loadholt had 96 yards and two TDs on just six carries. On defense, Lance Hil had a team-high six tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown Wade Hampton (3-4, 0-2) has scored just 13 points combined in region losses to Barnwell (14-6) and Silver Bluff (23-7).
Series history: It’s a small sample size, but Swansea has not had much luck against the Red Devils from Hampton, losing three of four meetings. The lone Tigers success was in the state playoffs in 1998.
Pelion vs. Barnwell
Site: Pelion Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Pelion (2-5, 0-2) is looking to bounce back from a 60-14 Region 5-2A loss to Swansea. It was the sixth time in school history that the Panthers surrendered 60 or more points in a game. RB Jamar Pontoon leads the Panthers on offense with 814 yards rushing on 124 carries. QB Jacob Huggins is 50-for-115 passing for 802 yards and eight TDs Barnwell (6-1, 1-1) is coming off its first setback of the season. The Warhorses dropped a 14-6 decision to Edisto after opening the region campaign with a 14-6 win over Wade Hampton.
Series history: Pelion nipped Barnwell 24-22 last season for its first win in three tries against the Warhorses.
Chesterfield vs. C.A. Johnson
Site: Chesterfield Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: C.A. Johnson (3-4, 1-1) unloaded on McBee last week, ringing up 544 offensive yards in a 45-26 Region 3-1A win. QB Michael Knox and WR Peter Goodman were the Green Hornet headliners. Knox was 11-for-19 passing for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Goodman netted 242 yards and four scores on just five catches Third-ranked Chesterfield (6-1, 2-0) has won five in a row since losing to country rival Cheraw in Week 2.
Series history: Chesterfield breezed 69-14 last year to improve to 5-0 against the Green Hornets.