Brookland Cayce at Batesburg-Leesville
The Panthers notched a one-touchdown win against Chapin in their season-opener, led by rushing from Juawan Etheredge and Terrance Wilson. Batesburg-Leesville’s defense was able to hold the Chapin passing game, and will need a similarly strong pass defense against the Bearcats and quarterback Ezekiel Walker. Brookland-Cayce had a strong first-half performance against Airport in a loss last week, but will need complete quarters on defense to stop the Panthers.
Chapin at Swansea
With Swansea (2-0) strong in all phases of the game, the pressure is on Chapin’s defense to help the Eagles win the battle for field position, and avoid getting into a hole. Especially important is Chapin’s front, which will have to guard against the Swansea blitz and protect quarterback Matt Charpia from Swansea sack leaders Terrance Salley, Jacob Regalis and Josh Livingston.
Chapin’s defense, led by Nate Blankenship, Jordan Day and Chad Beaver, will have its hands full with the running game and Travis Loadholt, and the passing game directed by Jordan Chavis.
Hartsville at Camden
The 0-2 Camden Bulldogs, led by quarterback Josh Council, have lost by two touchdowns or more each of the past two weeks, and will have to focus on defense to slow Hartsville (2-0), which has posted 102 points.
Columbia at Dreher
The host Blue Devils got a shutout against Fox Creek in their opener two weeks ago, but will need an even stiffer defense to hold off non-conference foe Columbia. The Capitals also posted a shutout last week, defeating Calhoun County 24-0. Dreher’s strengthening offense, and the Capital’s strength on defense, could make for a tight game.
Blythewood at Lexington
In a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff game, the host Wildcats will aim to get a non-conference win and offensive momentum. Blythewood’s defense did not hold up against the run in its season-opening loss to South Pointe, giving up more than 200 rushing yards. Against Lexington, they will need to shore up the gaps and watch out for Grayson Chumley, the Wildcats’ leading rusher. Lexington’s defense must not allow Blythewood to take advantage of open air space and contain the Bengals on kick returns.
Akilah Imani Nelson