Irmo vs. Lexington
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium.
Game notes: The famed “Battle of the Dam” resumes this week under unusual circumstances. Both teams enter the game with winless records Irmo is off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 1994 and is mired in a five-game losing streak dating back to last season – the longest the program has endured since 1994. Demetrius Lewis came off the bench to complete 15 of 21 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown in last week’s 21-7 loss to Greenwood in the Yellow Jackets home opener. Trey Suber caught eight passes for 109 yards and one TD. On defense, William Elm was credited with 16 total tackles, 13 solos, two TFL, one sack and one QB hurry. DB Chris Bethea had one interception and two pass break-ups. To date, Bryce Fashaw paces the Irmo ground game with 216 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries. Suber (12-153-1) and Shikee Brooks (10-117-1) are the top receivers. The defensive leaders include Elm (37 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks), Matt Jackson (23 tackles, 3 TFL) and Lamar Cloud (3 TFL, 3 sacks) Lexington (0-3) has now dropped four in a row, including last season’s stunning first-round playoff loss to Blythewood. The Wildcats suffered a 31-27 defeat last week at Spring Valley despite putting up a season-high 361 yards of total offense. Will Hunter was 24-for-37 passing for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Altyre Walker led the receivers with 10 catches for 99 yards and two TDs. Grays Chumley continued his solid work in the ground game with 107 yards rushing and one score on 15 carries. Chumley has 345 yards on 53 carries so far. Hunter is 38-for-66 passing for 439 yards and three scores. Walker (12-187-3) and Ryan McCrary (11-130-0) are the top receivers. On defense, Chase Austin (39 tackles, 5 TFL) and Brandon Camp (22 tackles, 6 TFL) are the leaders.
Series history: Lexington’s 48-10 romp last season ended a streak of 11 straight losses against the Yellow Jackets, but Irmo maintains a commanding 34-10 series lead in the modern era (since 1970).
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Lugoff-Elgin vs. Camden
Site: Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.
Game notes: The 33rd edition of the Wateree River Rivalry will be historic in a negative sense. It is the first time the game features two winless teams. On the other hand, the winner will end a historically long losing streak Camden, which is coming off a bye week, is 0-3 are mired in an eight-game losing slump. It’s the longest winning drought since a nine-game slide that spanned parts of the 1972 and 1973 seasons. Camden’s biggest woes to date have been on defense. The unit is allowing an average of 46.7 points a game Lugoff-Elgin is 0-3 and has dropped nine in a row. It’s the worst losing streak for the program since a 13-game slip that spanned three seasons (1992-94). Last week, the Demons trailed 34-0 at halftime on the road against West Florence, but rallied to make it interesting before falling 34-28. L-E finished with a season-high 248 yards rushing, led by quarterback Shon Belton (16-110-1) and Jalen McCaskill (23-89-2). For the season, Belton has 268 yards and three TDs by land and 144 yards and one score by air.McCaskill’s count is 212 yards and four tallies.
Series history: L-E was a 35-30 winner last season, but the Bulldogs still enjoy an imposing 24-8 advantage in the series.
Westwood vs. Spring Valley
Site: Westwood District 2 Stadium.
Game notes: Spring Valley (3-0) is off to its best start since 2006, which also happens to be the last season the Vikings managed to finish in the black. The latest success was a 31-27 triumph over Lexington John Miller ran for 94 yards and one touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. QB Chris Adams was 9-for-14 passing for 122 yards and two TDs, and also contributed 42 yards rushing on eight totes. As a team, Spring Valley posted 207 rushing yards on 44 attempts. Chaz Tallant (34 tackles), Josh Harlan (26 tackles, 4 TFL), Brandon McMiller (20 tackles) and Christian Miller (18 tackles, 4 TFL) are the headliners on defense Westwood (0-3) looked like a first-year team last week in a 57-0 loss at Blythewood. The Redhawk tour of Richland District 2 competition continues this week. Offensively, Westwood is averaging just 8.0 points and 193 yards per game with seven turnovers.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.
Dorman vs. Dutch Fork
Site: Cavalier Stadium.
Game notes: Dutch Fork (2-1) pulled out a wild 49-42 win over Rock Hill last week. RB Trey Gregg rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. QB Derek Olenchuk was 12-for-16 passing for 226 yards and three TDs. WR Jordan Berry had four catches for 124 yards and two scores. On defense, Gerard Thomas had one interceptions, while Lane Ecton and Omar Staley came up with fumble recoveries. To date, Olenchuk is 44-for-75 for 628 yards and four touchdowns, Gregg has 237 yards and four TDs on 47 attempts and Berry is the top receiver at 21-366-1. Ecton (22 tackles), Staley (16 tackles, 2 FL, 3 sacks), Jamar Winston (25 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 QB hurries), Devlen Bridges (18 tackles, 4 TFL, 4 QB hurries) and Stephen Davis (20 tackles) are in the defensive spotlight Dorman (2-1) is fresh from a 50-6 rout of Hillcrest. QB Trey Robinson is 36-for-49 passing for 579 yards and five touchdowns and has run for 190 yards and three scores. JJ Arcedga-Whiteside (10-194-2) and Amavi Draper (8-149-0) are the big-play receivers. The Cavalier secondary already has seven interceptions on the books. Payton Whitlock and Brandon Pinckney have two swipes apiece.
Series history: Friday marks the first regular-season clash, but the teams met in the first round of the 2007 state playoffs with Dorman taking a 28-0 decision.
Nation Ford vs. Ridge View
Site: Nation Ford Stadium.
Game notes: Ridge View (2-1) is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season – a 26-21 setback at home against Fort Mill Nation Ford (2-1) is coming off a bye week and a 51-13 romp over Lugoff-Elgin on Aug. 31. Dalton Harris burned the Demons for 18 completions, 267 yards and five touchdowns. Harris is 54-for-85 for 802 yards and 10 scores with just one interception so far. The junior quarterback has been amazingly consistent – passing for 266, 269 and 267 yards in his three outings to date. AK McCoy (21-423-4) and Dijuan Ussery (13-244-3) are the Falcons top receiving threats.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.
Richland NE vs. Aiken
Site: Harry Parone Stadium.
Game notes: Richland Northeast (2-1) flirted with defeat in its first two games of the season, and it finally happen last week in a 40-33 setback against Lower Richland. QB A.C. Whaley was 24-for-47 passing for 293 yards and three touchdowns. WR Craishaud Foulks had a brilliant game with 11 catches for 192 yards and two scores, plus one running TD. Railand Quarles was a bright light during an otherwise bleak defensive performance. Quarles was credited with eight tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack. On the season, Foulks has 19 grabs for 345 yards and three TDs and leads the team in overall scoring with 30 points, while fellow receivers Ryan Howell is at 13-191-2. Whaley has thrown for 781 yards and seven scores. On defense, Rashaan Boorquin has five interceptions and Corey Benjamin has three sacks Aiken (1-2) got into the win column with a 41-20 success against neighboring Midland Valley last week. The Green Hornets scored 21 points in the first quarter. Nakeem Spann had two rushing touchdowns, and Gabe Green rushed for 120 yards on 13 carries. Aiken intercepted three passes, one of which was return for a score by Leon Simmons. Simmons also had one scoring run and one scoring catch.
Series history: It’s been all RNE so far. The Cavaliers’ 31-24 win last season was the 11th in a row against the Green Hornets. Aiken has just one success in nine tries in the series.
Lancaster vs. Blythewood
Site: Lancaster Memorial Stadium.
Game notes: Blythewood (2-1) thumped first-year Westwood 57-0 last week. The Bengals have scored 100 points and are averaging 227 offensive yards per game and 4.2 yards per play. The Bengals balanced running attack features Devin Albert (34-148-3) and Dean Beckford (20-148-1). First-year quarterback Kylen Binn is 30-for-45 passing for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Shyheim Brown is the top receiver with 11 catches for 103 yards and one score. Brown had a sensational game returning kicks against Westwood. He had a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 76-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown and a 75-yard return for a score on a free kick (kickoff) opportunity after a safety Lancaster (1-2) suffered a 28-13 loss last week against Class 2A powerhouse Central.
Series history: Blythewood edged the Bruins 24-21 last season to even the series at 2-2.