Three Things We Know
Cheraw will bounce back
After opening the season with a win against Camden, the Braves suffered a shutout loss against Marlboro County this week. But don’t expect that to continue. The Braves (1-1) have powerful offensive tools, and are sure to make noise when they travel to Marion in Week 2. The Braves defeated Marion 41-7 last season.
Cardinal Newman needs mental strength now
Their season-opening victory made a statement about the direction the Cardinals are headed. After their 24-point setback against Laurence Manning, the Cardinals must not get discouraged if they are to continue making progress. Perseverance is as pertinent to Cardinal Newman’s success as is their increased offensive output, led by Evan DuBois and Zakki Parker.
Hammond is on its way back to the top
With its victory against Charlotte Christian, Hammond showed the focus and determination needed to compete with the best of the best. It’s no surprise coming from a team that has won six consecutive championships. Even with some big changes in personnel, the Skyhawks exhibited poise in the face of Charlotte Christian’s onslaught.
Three things we don’t know
Which is stronger: Swansea’s defense, or Swansea’s offense?
The Tigers have begun the season 2-0 with a balanced offense and a staunch defense. The Tigers have scored 82 points — spreading the ball across the field in the passing game, and using Travis Loadholt’s rushing ability to push forward. And in both games, Swansea got strong field position and extra possessions through its defense. The Tigers’ defense has accounted for a touchdown, two interceptions, and allowed 20 points.
Can Goose Creek keep up its offense?
Against Ashley Ridge, the Gators looked like the Goose Creek of 2011, matching last season’s scoring average of 48 points. But the Gators have a tough non-conference schedule with Summerville, Fort Dorchester and Dutch Fork lying in wait. Can Goose Creek manage its big production in the face of big defenses?
What’s possible for Dutch Fork?
The Silver Foxes are continually pushing for the next level, and this weekend’s game in Warsaw, Ky., was intended to be another stepping stone for the Dutch Fork program. After three seasons under coach Tom Knotts, are the Silver Foxes this year headed to the top of Class 4A?
Three top performers
A.C. Flora, running back
Rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns on five carries
Batesburg-Leesville, running back
Posted 117 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries
Posted three sacks for the Tigers
Three to watch
Ben Lippen at Augusta Christian
With Tyler Renew leading the charge from the backfield, the Falcons look to run through SCISA Region 3A rival Augusta Christian. Ben Lippen’s defense must buck up, after giving up 54 points against Porter-Gaud in its opener.
Chapin at Swansea
This matchup pits an established Swansea offense against a Chapin squad that has had to adapt to several key player changes. The Chapin offense must be productive, because the host Tigers are able to score in every phase of the game.
Greenwood at Irmo
Irmo’s sledge-hammer of a non-conference schedule continues with the Yellow Jackets first game in the newly resurfaced W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Their opponent, Greenwood, might be familiar with at least one aspect of the Yellow Jackets’ game. Irmo fullback David Callahan played for the Eagles last year.
What they’re saying
“We just had an old-fashioned locker room yell-at.”
Airport coach Kirk Burnett on getting his team turned around against Brookland-Cayce
“I’m just happy for the kids to come here and get a good win.”
Ridge View coach Raymond Jennings, whose Blazers are 1-0 after defeating Lexington
“It’s the beginning, not the end.”
Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery, after the Bearcats fell to Dorman 38-6 in their home opener