Keenan vs. Batesburg-Leesville
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Raiders (3-5, 1-2 Region 3-2A) dropped a 28-24 decision to Gilbert last week for its second straight conference loss. David Michael Clark ran wild against the Indians, ringing up 174 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries. Daetron Hyman added 70 yards on 15 carries in support. Preston Perkins had 10 tackles on defense B-L (1-7, 1-2) suffered a 46-7 loss to Columbia. The school provided no additional information on the game or the season to date.
Series history: If the Raiders are ever going to finally beat the Panthers, this is the year. B-L is 15-0 against Keenan since the series debuted in 1972.
Barnwell vs. Swansea
Site: Doug Bennett Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Swansea (6-2, 3-0 Region 5-2A) can clinch at least a share of the conference championship with a win over the Warhorses (7-1, 2-1) Malik Edmond, Joseph Williams and Randy Brown had scoring runs and Jordan Chavis threw a scoring pass to Bryon Johnson in last week’s 31-14 win over Wade Hampton. Derrious Sutton was the defensive star with seven tackles and two fumbles recoveries. Jarrod Coleman had two of the Tigers three pass interceptions Barnwell is off to its best start in 11 years. The Warhorses bounced back from a loss to Edisto with a 23-8 win over Pelion last week.
Series history: Swansea dropped a 9-6 decision a year in its first meeting with the Warhorses in 10 years. It was also the Tigers’ 10th straight loss to Barnwell, which has an 18-4 series lead.
Eau Claire vs. Columbia
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Eau Claire (0-8, 0-3 Region 3-2A) took a 48-0 hit against No. 2 Strom Thurmond last week. The Shamrocks are allowing an average of 40.6 points a game Columbia (6-2, 2-1) thumped Batesburg-Leesville 46-7 last week. QB Ky Tyler ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns and was 4-for-6 passing for 112 yards and two TDs. WR Casey Gladney took care off all the receiving, and added a 58-yard punt return tally. On defense, Tarel Wells 12 tackles, two sacks and caused one fumble. DB Natrone Derrick had nine tackles and a fumble recovery.
Series history: The Shamrocks shocked the Capitals 21-18 last season to end a 13-game losing streak against Columbia. The Caps have a commanding 23-4 lead in the series since 1970.
Strom Thurmond vs. Gilbert
Site: Strom Thurmond Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Strom Thurmond (8-0, 3-0 Region 3-2A) crushed winless Eau Claire 48-0 last week and is averaging 50.7 points in its three region triumphs Gilbert (3-5, 2-1) is a big underdog, of course, but the Indians have a chance to finish with at least a share of the region title if it can somehow upset the vaunted Rebels. The tribe is coming off a 28-24 win over Keenan. Mike Morrison had four catches for 57 yards and three touchdowns and 12 tackles on defense. Linebackers Collins Shirley (15 tackles) and Chris Dyer (13 tackles, 1 interception) also had good games.
Series history: Thurmond is 3-0 against Gilbert, including last season’s 35-0 conquest.
Silver Bluff vs. Pelion
Site: Petticoat Junction. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Pelion (2-6, 0-3 Region 5-2A) suffered a 23-8 loss to Barnwell and is 2-16 in conference play since joining the 5-2A ranks in 2008 Silver Bluff (5-3, 2-1) is coming off a 31-14 win against Edisto
Series history: Silver Bluff has yet to falter in five meetings with the Panthers.
Lewisville vs. C.A. Johnson
Site: Lewisville Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: C.A. Johnson (3-5, 1-2 Region 3-1A) is looking to right the ship after a 56-0 loss to third-ranked Chesterfield. Quarterbacks Mike Knox and Eddie Boatwright have been virtually equal producers in the passing game. The two have combined for 1,501 yards passing and nine touchdowns. Anthony Eaddy and Peter Goodman share the team scoring lead with 42 points Lewisville (2-6, 1-2) took a 24-0 loss against North central last week Both teams have been shut out in all of their region losses.
Series history: Lewisville is 3-0 against CAJ after escaping with a 27-26 win last season in the first-ever region meeting of the teams.