Three things we know
Irmo’s O-line is crucial
Against the South Pointe Stallions, Irmo’s offense was held to 62 rushing yards and gave up eight sacks. The Yellow Jackets will need a stronger front line when they face Myrtle Beach next week.
Goose Creek has not lost ground
After winning the 4A Division 1 title last season, the Gators lost quarterback Jaquan Marsh and back Virgil Smalls, but they did not lose momentum. In jamboree action on Friday, Goose Creek showed it still has the talents needed to dominate.
Backs Caleb Kinlaw, Rico Blanding and wideout/back Tramel Terry are ready to help power the Gators to the top again.
Whaley is ready to lead Richland Northeast
Despite three second-half turnovers, quarterback A.C. Whaley is well-equipped to lead the Cavaliers. The senior delivered three touchdown passes in a narrow victory at South Aiken. As Whaley continues to develop poise, the Cavaliers will develop a more steady offensive performance.
Three things we don’t know
How will Lower Richland develop?
With a new coach, there have been some changes for the Diamond Hornets, but how long will it take for Lower Richland’s new plan to put a W in the books? Lower Richland suffered a 21-point loss in the opener against Spring Valley. Its second chance is against Class 2A Bamberg-Ehrhardt (1-0) next week.
Can Gilbert put it together?
The Indians clearly have the tools for a successful and balanced offense — Omar Bethea was a strong rusher and quarterback Mitch Spires put up 258 yards passing. But can the Indians cut down on turnovers in order to convert yardage into points?
How much better can Swansea get?
The Swansea Tigers have been on a three-year upward slope, and in their season-opener the improvement continued. Swansea put a balanced offense, a scoring defense and a strong kicking game to work in a 25-point victory. Will the Tigers work their way to the top in their return to Class 3A?
Three top performers
Mitch Spires, Gilbert quarterback
Completed 15 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown
Quayshon Myers, Hammond running back
Posted 190 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries
Terrance Salley, Swansea athlete
Led the Tigers with two receiving touchdowns, a fumble return touchdown and 10 total tackles.
Three to watch
Calhoun County at Columbia
Both teams opened the season with losses, but both teams have a talented crop of athletes and neither will stay down long. The Capitals’ defense must have an answer for the Calhoun County passing game.
Mid-Carolina at White Knoll
The Timberwolves had a strong early lead on A.C. Flora, but their defense fell short and the offense fell silent in the second half. Against Mid-Carolina, the Timberwolves will need to play a complete game.
Airport at Brookland-Cayce
Quarterbacks Sir Sutton (Airport) and Ezekiel Walker (Brookland-Cayce) each have strong arms and a talented corps of ball carriers. The two squads scored 38 and 48 points, respectively, in their season openers. In the first of two matchups this season, the defense will be the deciding factor.
What they’re saying
“When you haven’t won in two years, it’s just like a Super Bowl to us … more to come, more wins to come.”
“A lot of people doubted us, but those boys in that (locker)room right there never doubted.”
“…If you ain’t nervous, you don’t need to play this game.”