A.C. Flora vs. Columbia
Site: Memorial Stadium.
Game notes: The Falcons (2-1) return to action after stepping out of state for the first time in school history on Sept. 1. Flora accepted the challenge of taking on Georgia powerhouse North Gwinnett, and came away on the short end of a 38-0 score. The Falcons offensive leaders include QB Jake Lewis, RB Aven Pollard and WR Shelton Whittaker. Lewis is 22-for-40 passing for 401 yards and one touchdown and he’s rushed for 117 yards and another score. Pollard has 368 yards rushing and seven TD runs. Whittaker, a transfer from Heathwood Hall, has eight catches for 206 yards and one TD. The Flora tackle leads on defense include Tyan Vereen (33), Rion Davis (31) and Eli Collier (26) Columbia (1-3) is off to its worst start in 12 years, and fresh from a humbling 41-0 loss at Daniel. RB Quinten McMillian had 165 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 33 carries. QB Anthony Brown is 24-for-46 passing for 251 yards. WR Diante Petruso has nine receptions for 114 yards. On defense, Sharquise Cooks has a team-high 49 tackles and Gerald Snooks has four sacks on the books.
Series history: Columbia has prevailed in 16 of the last 18 meetings and boasts a 19-9 series advantage since 1976.
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Airport vs. Lower Richland
Site: Eagles Stadium.
Game notes: Airport (2-1) is back after a bye week. QB Sir Sutton is 23-for-39 passing for 348 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 157 yards rushing and two running TDs. RB Cory Bradley is averaging 12.3 yards per rush on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns. Anthony Stewart (8-166-2) and Dorian Jones (6-119-1) have emerged as big-play receivers. Alfred Parker (26 tackles), Dre Pettus (23), Rodney Smith (21) and Michael Collins (20) are the leaders on defense Lower Richland (1-2) scored a wild 40-33 win over Class 4A Richland NE last week for its first win of the season and the first under new coach Darryl Page.
Series history: Airport has won three in a row to take a 9-7 lead in the series.
Brookland-Cayce vs. Dreher
Site: The Cage.
Game notes: Dreher (3-0) is off to its best start in 15 years. The Blue Devils crushed Eau Claire 43-12 last week. QB Hakim Frazier was 4-for-7 passing for 95 yards and one touchdown and ran for 42 yards and one score on seven carries. Tyrek Outler had an even bigger game – running for 51 yards and one TD on five carries and catching five passes for 130 yards and two tallies. Up front, Tyriq Dunmore and Mike Ford had two pancake blocks apiece. Dreher season defensive leaders include Andrew Goyins (29 tackles), Zaki Pickett (29) and Keenan Leonard (28) Brookland-Cayce (1-3) suffered its third straight setback a week ago – a 21-14 decision to Chapin. QB Zeke Walker is 25-for-73 passing for 646 yards and three touchdowns to date. B.J. DeWalt (7-218-2) and DeAndre Ashbury-Heath (11-129-1) have been the primary B-C receivers so far.
Series history: Dreher was a 51-21 winner in region play a year ago, but the Bearcats still enjoy a 10-6 edge over the Blue Devils.
Gilbert vs. Pelion
Site: Tomahawk Stadium.
Game notes: Gilbert (1-2) is coming off a bye after whipping Mid-Carolina 43-22 in Week 2. Omar Bethea put on quite a show for the Indians, running for 201 yards, four touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Senior Greg Smith graded out at 92% up front with 11 knockdown blocks. On defense, linebackers Zach Their (17 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) and Beau Wooten (18 tackles, 1 forced fumble) had the big numbers. Bethea has 456 yards and seven TDs in three games. Q Mitch Spires is 31-for-68 passing for 483 yards and three scores. Chris Dyer (8-195-2), Raymond Padgett (8-136-1) and Jalen bright (8-91-1) share the receiving load Pelion (1-3) ended a 10-game losing streak last week with a 57-22 romp over C.A. Johnson. The Panther season leaders on offense include running backs Carlton Richard (24-236-4) and Isaiah Jenkins (39-230-2), quarterback Zach Hawkins (26-65-393-4) and receivers Freddie Phillips (11-115-0) and Terry Davis (8-235-2). Mark Vuocolo’s 26 tackles leads the hit parade on defense.
Series history: Gilbert won the first 15 games in the series, and has a pronounced 25-9 edge overall.
Chapin vs. Newberry
Site: Cecil Woolbright Stadium.
Game notes: Chapin (1-2) got on the plus side with a tight 21-14 win over Brookland-Cayce. The Eagles rolled up 244 yards on the ground, 330 overall. Jacob Eddington was the workhorse with 115 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. QB Matt Charpia chipped in 84 yards by land and 86 yards through the air. Robie Lopez contributed 42 yards rushing and one TD. Greer Layne was the Eagles defensive star with 15 tackles and one interception. Eddington leads the team in rushing (46-216), receiving (11-90-0) and scoring (3 TDs). Charpia is 23-for-52 passing for 244 yards and one touchdowns, and has 107 yards rushing on 32 attempts. Jordan Day leads the hit parade on defense with 25 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack Newberry is off to a 2-1 start and averaging 40.8 points per game in Phil Strickland’s second season in command. The Bulldogs rolled Berea 51-0 last week, rushing for 350 yards on 30 attempts and ringing up 426 yards in all on the attack. RB Tyon Williams was the statistical leader with 152 yards rushing and three TDs.
Series history: Newberry halted a two-game skid in the series with a 25-16 victory last year. The Bulldogs have dominated the Eagles through the years, winning 12 of 16 since the series debuted in 1988. Newberry won 11 in a row between 1990 and 2008.