Airport vs. A.C. Flora
Site: Eagle Stadium.
Game notes: A.C. Flora (3-1) returned to action off a bye week and scored a 48-20 conquest of Columbia. Jake Lewis had a big game for the Falcons, accounting for five touchdowns. The senior quarterback was 11-for-13 passing for 172 yards and two TDs and ran for 108 yards and three scores on 15 carries. Otherwise, James Croffie had 115 yards rushing on 18 totes and Schroder Carlton was on the receiving end of caught both Lewis scoring tosses. Rion Davis was the Falcons defensive star, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Davis has 38 tackles and six pass break-ups. Tyan Vereen is credited with a team-high 43 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback pressures Airport improved to 3-1 with a 10-6 win over Lower Richland. Offensively, quarterback Sir Sutton, running back Cory Bradley and receivers Anthony Stewart and Dorian Jones and the top producers. Linebackers Alfred Parker and Dre Pettus and linemen Michael Collins, Rodney Smith and Dewayne Pugh are key players on the defensive side.
Series history: Flora was a 42-28 winner last season and has a 4-2 lead in the series.
Dreher vs. C.A. Johnson
Site: Memorial Stadium.
Game notes: Dreher (4-0) rallied from a 20-7 deficit in the third quarter to beat host Brookland-Cayce 35-20 last week. The Blue Devils are looking to close out non-region testing with a 5-0 mark for the first time since 1997. Dreher piled up 366 rushing yards against B-C, 396 overall. The balanced running game featured Donovan Ward (17-148), Hakim Frazier (12-87) and Keon Corbin (12-78). Zaki Pickett and Andrew Goyins are the team tackle leaders with 43 and 39 stops, respectively C.A. Johnson lost a wild 43-24 game last week to Ben Lippen. The Green Hornets are off to a 0-5 start. QB Mike Knox had 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 10 carries, and his 13 pass completions netted 305 yards and one TD. Receivers Chris Mallory (7-134-0) and Anthony Eaddy (5-118-1) also put up big numbers. Kenneth McDonald and Michael Watts lead CAJ in tackles with 35 and 34, respectively.
Series history: Dreher has won two in a row against the Green Hornets to increase its series advantage to 25-13.
Gilbert vs. Batesburg-Leesville
Site: Tomahawk Stadium.
Game notes: Gilbert (2-2) evened the balance sheet by whipping county rival Pelion 46-19. Omar Bethea led the Indians with a sensational performance – 278 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 29 carries. The senior workhorse now has 734 yards, 12 touchdowns and 62 points on the books. Senior Davis Farmer was the leader on the offensive line, grading out at 95% with six knock down blocks. On defense, Zach Thier had a team high 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack. Thier is the season tackle leader, as well, with 42 Batesburg-Leesville (2-2) has dropped two in a row after opening on a promising 2-0 note. Last week the Panthers defense coughed up 470 yards to Swansea in a 27-7 defeat.
Series history: Gilbert managed just its third win in 28 tries against the Panthers a year ago by a 21-14 margin.
Swansea vs. Barnwell
Site: Doug Bennett Stadium.
Game notes: Swansea is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1996. The Tigers whipped Batesburg-Leesville 27-7 a week ago, ringing up 470 yards of offense – 279 by land, 181 by air. Travis Loadholt ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Quarterback Jordan Chavis was 8-for-17 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns, both scoring tosses going to Terrance Salley. Byron Johnson (27 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks), Randy Brown (24 tackles, 7 TFL, 3 sacks), Salley (22.5 tackles, 9 TFL, 6 sacks) and Jacob Regalis (18.5 tackles, 7 TFL, 4 sacks) are Swansea’s hit parade leaders Barnwell is coming off a 33-8 loss to Woodland that dropped the Warhorses record to 2-2.
Series history: Swansea halted an eight-game losing streak against the Warhorses last season with a 31-3 laugher. Barnwell, however, still enjoys a comfortable 18-7 lead in the series.
Camden vs. Lakewood
Site: Zemp Stadium.
Game notes: Camden (1-3) trailed Lugoff-Elgin 28-19 at halftime a week ago, but rallied to knock off the Demons 46-35 in the 33rd meeting of the cross-river foes. The Bulldogs rolled up 531 yards on the attack, and limited L-E to 284 yards overall and just seven points in the second half. Josh Council was 22-for-34 passing for 292 yards and accounted for one touchdown by air and one by land. Brandon Hampton paced the Bulldogs’ 239-yard rushing attack for 133 yards and one score on 14 carries. But Kendrice Slater was the headliner with four touchdown runs in the game, three in the second half including the two decisive scores in the fourth quarter. Cedric Cook was the top receiver with five catches for 111 yards, and Dontrell Miller had six receptions for 63 yards and one TD Lakewood (1-3) has lost three in a row since opening the season with a 48-14 win over Keenan. The Gators were dealt a 38-32 loss by Lee Central last week.
Series history: Lakewood pulled off its first win in eight tries against the Bulldogs last season, rolling to an easy 35-14 triumph.
Mid-Carolina vs. Chapin
Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium.
Game notes: Chapin (1-3) closes out non-region testing with a rivalry game. The Eagles suffered a 25-18 setback last week to Newberry. Robbie Lopez had one scoring run and Alex Young gathered in a scoring pass from Matt Charpia. Chandler Engle, Greer Layne and Nate Blakenship shared the team tackle lead with 10 stops apiece Mid-Carolina (1-3) picked up its first win of the season last week, nipping Chapman 39-37.
Series history: Chapin edged the neighboring Rebels 26-24 a year ago. The Eagles have won 12 of the last 13 meetings and boast a commanding 31-12 series lead.