Three things we know
Westwood is taking its lumps
The first-year Westwood Redhawks may be closing in on the program’s first victory, but not without a fair amount of scuffling. In Westwood’s four-point loss to Richland Northeast, the Redhawks showed they are not far behind the curve, and are now in need of polish. The RNE match-up contained the 0-2 program’s first lead, and a valiant comeback effort. But for now, the newcomers are still the underdogs.
Swansea could keep rolling
After outscoring opponents 113-20 in their 3-0 start, the Tigers have the tools to finish its nonconference schedule with two more wins. Next up for Swansea is a trip to Batesburg-Leesville, where the Panthers have won two narrow victories, and a visit from 2-1 Barnwell, which averages 24 points per game. The key to the Tigers’ staying on top is maintaining momentum through this week’s open date.
Rudolph a driving force for Northwestern
Three weeks — and three wins — into the season, Trojans’ second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph has completed 71 passes for 896 yards. His direction of the Northwestern passing game is a major factor in the Trojans’ 53.4 points per game average. Rudolph’s passing accounts for 11 of the Trojans’ 21 touchdowns, using eight receivers to cover the field.
Three things we don’t know
How does McKissick do it?
At home on Friday, Summerville coach John McKissick tallied his 595th career victory when the Green Wave topped Berkeley to improve to 1-1.
McKissick remains the winningest coach at any level of the game in the nation, and shows no signs of slowing. To add to McKissick’s career tally, the Green Wave must face Goose Creek (2-0) on the road this week.
How will Airport react to its loss?
After being shut out at home against White Knoll, Airport will not begin this season with the win streak of previous campaigns.
But the 2-1 Eagles have a bye week to recover and prepare for their next visitor, Lower Richland.
Against White Knoll, the Eagles’ defensive speed was trumped by the Timberwolves’ size and strength on offense. After facing one of the toughest opponents of their non-conference schedule, will the Eagles be prepared to get back on a roll?
How long will Lexington be down?
The Wildcats fell to 0-2 on Friday, and have their first road game, at 2-0 Spring Valley this week. While the Vikings have allowed 6.5 points per game, Lexington’s offense has the tools to do more. Whether the Wildcats get a win on the board in week 3 is a matter of establishing consistency in the defense, which has allowed 32 points per game.
Three top performers
Jordan Berry, Dutch Fork, Sr.
Made seven catches for 147 yards and a touchdown, and a 59-yard punt return touchdown
Greg Huegel, Blythewood, Sr.
Made field goals of 35 and 20 yards and was 3-of-3 on extra-point kicks
Jordan Chavis, Swansea, Sr.
Quarterback completed nine passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns
Three to watch
Blythewood vs. Westwood
The Blythewood Bengals (1-1) host the Westwood Redhawks (0-2) in the first game of what could become an intense crosstown rivalry.
Dutch Fork at Rock Hill
Leading receiver Jordan Berry and the Silver Foxes (1-1) face the Bearcats, who average 36.5 points and allowed an average of 10 points. Dutch Fork averages 42 points.
Carolina Forest at White Knoll
The Timberwolves (2-1) look to continue their streak with another strong defensive performance. White Knoll has given up 16 points per game, but the visiting Panthers have averaged 30.
What they’re saying
“We’re not happy with the loss, but we’ll take the effort and build on it moving forward.”
Westwood coach Rodney Summers, after falling 21-17 to Richland Northeast
“It hurt us to lose, but I thought we bounced back pretty good.”
Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts, whose Silver Foxes recovered from an out-of-state loss with a win over Fort Mill
“We told our guys at halftime that they would have to dig down and find something.”
Dreher coach Josh Stepp, whose team finds itself 2-0 after defeating Columbia
Akilah Imani Nelson