A.C. Flora at Gilbert
In 2011, the Falcons notched a 39-point victory against the Indians in Columbia, but both teams have new quarterbacks and largely new defenses. Gilbert quarterback Mitch Spires passedi for 258 yards last week, but had four interceptions. Flora’s capable defense held White Knoll to 290 yards in its season opener. The Indians will have to take care of the ball to put a W on the board.
AIRPORT AT BROOKLAND-CAYCE
For the first time in many years, the host Bearcats and rival Eagles are both 1-0. In this non-conference matchup, the first of two games this season, both teams have strong offenses. The Bearcats are led by quarterback Ezekiel Walker, with Dontavius Lykes and B.J. DeWalt among several capable ball carriers. Airport has Sir Sutton under center and Dorian Jones lining up wide.
LAURENCE MANNING AT CARDINAL NEWMAN
Cardinal Newman is off to a great start, notching a 49-14 win against North Central, its first season-opening win since 2008. Under new coach Brannon Tidwell, the Cardinals hope to continue the momentum. The Cardinals are led by running back Zakki Parker, who rushed for 201 yards in the opener. The visiting Swampcats defeated Florence Christian 33-13 in their opener.
EAU CLAIRE VS. C.A. JOHNSON
The Shamrocks took a loss in their opener against Keenan, but they have the skill to bounce back. C.A. Johnson, led by quarterback Mike Knox, is 0-1 after losing to Brookland-Cayce. The Class A Hornets posted 278 yards against the 3A squad. Keenan posted 6 points in its opener, but had the stronger defensive performance.
CALHOUN COUNTY VS. COLUMBIA
The visiting Saints (0-1) had a tough game against Swansea last week. Their defense gave up three touchdowns, their offense gave up a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and their special teams gave up a touchdown. Meanwhile, the Capitals (0-1) were shut out at Wilson. While Columbia works to get its offense going, Calhoun County must bring an improved defense.