Spring Valley vs. White Knoll
Site: Harry Parone Stadium.
Game notes: Spring Valley moved to 5-0 with a 35-21 road win at South Aiken. The Vikings rang up 238 yards by land and 118 through the air. John Miller led the way with 136 yards rushing on 14 carries, including a 29-yard scoring jaunt. Malik Wilson backed Miller with 91 yards rushing. The big new in the passing game was the return of receiver Dominique Taylor, who caught four passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. QB Chris Adams was 6-for-11 passing for 89 yards and two TDs. Miller also threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Ryan Lee. Defensively, the Vikings are allowing 13.6 points and 202.8 yards per game. Christian Miller led the way against South Aiken with 16 total tackles (nine solos), two tackles for loss and one sack White Knoll (4-1) defeated Lugoff-Elgin 35-7 last week for its fourth straight win. The Timberwolves piled up 342 yards rushing against the Demons, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt. The WK defense yielded just 109 offensive yards and one meaningless late touchdown. The offensive standout was Lamar Ray, who rushed for 186 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. Jacob Poston (14 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick), Julian Johnson (11 tackles, 4 TFL) and Zac Collins (15 tackles, 3 TFL) were the standouts on defense.
Series history: Spring Valley was a 7-0 winner last season to up its series lead to 3-1.
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Irmo vs. Dutch Fork
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium.
Game notes: Irmo (2-3) opened last week’s game at Aiken with a 65-yard scoring run by Bryce Fashaw, setting the tone for a 17-7 win – the second straight for the Yellow Jackets. Fashaw, who finished with 140 yards rushing on 20 carries, added a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and Ben Hinson kicked a clinching field goal early in the fourth quarter. Fashaw is now up to 368 yards rushing on 79 attempts and four touchdowns for the season. Demetrius Lewis played the entire game at quarterback. To date, Lewis is 26-for-42 passing for 356 yards and two TDs. William Elm (56 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 pass defelections, 2 QB hurries), Darius Wright (32 tackles, 13 TFL, 6 sacks, 2 QB hurries) and Cliff Barrett (32 tackles, 1 interception) have been solid on defense for the Jackets. Marquis Taylor and Chris Bethea have two interceptions apiece Dutch Fork (3-2) jumped out to a 10-0 lead over second-ranked Goose Creek, but ultimately fell 28-17 to the defending 4A Division II champion Gators. DF out-gained the visitors 429 yards to 356, but it was not enough. QB Derek Olenchuk was 29-for-39 passing for 356 yards and one touchdown and receiver Jordan Berry finished with 15 catches for 230 yards and a score. RB Trey Gregg had 63 yards rushing and one TD run and caught three passes for 51 yards. Olenchuck has thrown for 1,225 yards and five TDs so far. Gregg has 406 yards and six scores by land, as well as 16 receptions for 191 yards and one tally. Berry’s whopping receivoing totals include 46 catches for 753 yards and five TDs. The Silver Fox season defensive leaders include Jamar Winston (39 tackles, 3 sacks), Omar Staley (23 tackles, 3 TFL, 3 sacks) and Devlen Bridges (22 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 4 QB hurries).
Series history: Dutch Fork has won four in a row, including a 3-0 sweep in 2011, but Irmo still has a commanding 16-6 series lead.
Lugoff-Elgin vs. Lexington
Site: Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.
Game notes: Lexington (1-4) bagged its first win of the season last week – a 35-14 success against Cooper City from Florida. The game began in style with an 80-yard scoring pass from Will Hunter to Keelo Norria. Lexington countered a Cooper City tally late in the first quarter with two scores in the second. Grays Chumley’s 2-yard run put the Wildcats in front for good and Hunter’s 7-yard run proved to be the game winner. Hunter was 12-for-23 passing for 223 yards and two scores. Norris and Altyre Walker both finished with 81 yards receiving and one TD Lugoff-Elgin (0-5) took a 35-7 loss at White Knoll. It was the 11th straight loss for the Demons, who are closing in on the school record for most consecutive setbacks (14). L-E’s defensive problems continued, and the offense also struggled. The running game produced just 74 yards and a 1.9-yard average per play and 39 yards through the air. QB Shon Belton had a team high 72 yards rushing on 21 totes.
Series history: Lexington has two blow-out wins over L-E in a series that began in 2010.
Aiken vs. Blythewood
Site: Hagood Stadium.
Game notes: Blythewood (4-1) jumped out to a 14-3 lead by the end of the first quarter and coasted to a 37-33 win over Sumter. Dean Beckford and Kaylen Binn were the Bengals offensive stars. Beckford scored four touchdowns – three runs, one catch. Binn was 9-for-18 passing for 112 yards and one touchdown and ran for a team high 71 yards and one score. Joe Kelly (7 tackles, 1 interception, 1 blocked kick), Tony Rebollo (7 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack) and Cameron Young (5 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks) had big games on defense. In all, Blythewood’s defense recorded four takeaways. The haul included picks by Reeves Matthews and Stephen Moseby and a fumble recovery by Ervin Hall Aiken (2-3) saw a two-game winning streak come to an end in a 17-7 home loss to Irmo. Explosive running back Nakeem Spann was held to just 45 yards.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.
Ridge View vs. South Florence
Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium.
Game notes: Ridge View (3-2) rebounded from back-to-back losses to defeated first-year Westwood 32-0. The Blazers offensive leaders to date include QB Nolan Randolph, RB Gary Bradshaw and WR Tre’von Howell. Randolph is 452-for-102 passing for 654 yards and seven touchdowns, while added 291 yards and six TDs on the ground. Bradshaw has scooted for 489 yards and two TDs on 74 carries. Howell has 24 catches for 312 yards and four scores. Tyric Robinson has been another productive receiver with 13 receptions for 239 and four TDs. The Blazer defense limited the Redhawks to a meager yield of 39 offensive yards. Will Samuel (53 tackles), Curtis Bey (28 tackles, 6 TFL, 2.5 sacks), Obinna Ntiasagwe (20 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks), DeMario Evans (37 tackles, 3 interceptions), Daryl Shamlee (23 tackles, 3 interceptions) and Ren McNeil (30 tackles, 5 TFL) have all made significant defensive contributions South Florence is 4-1 under new coach David Prince, losing only to Myrtle Beach, the top-ranked 3A team in the state. Quarterback Josh Johnson has 698 yards passing and 14 scoring throws. Running back Jamall Cain has 597 yards rushing and 10 TDs.
Series history: South Florence beat Ridge View for the first time in six tries in the most recent meeting (2009).
Sumter vs. Richland NE
Site: Sumter Memorial Stadium.
Game notes: Richland NE (3-2) righted the ship last week in a 23-12 conquest of Orangeburg-Wilkinson. A.C. Whaley was 23-for-38 passing for 213 yards and two scoring throws to Ryan Howell. For the season, Whaley has hit on 88 of 169 passes for 1,194 yards and 12 touchdowns. Howell (17-222-4), Craishaud Foulks (29-487-5) and Shamar Foulks (20-265-4) are the top receivers. The RNE running game has been virtually non-existent, however. The Cavaliers have only 358 yards on the books and sport a lowly 2.8-yard average per play. The RNE defensive headliners include Ahmad Dunlap (39 tackles), Andre Black (34 tackles), Alonzo Cooper (32 tackles) and Rashaan Bourquin (15 tackles, 5 interceptions Sumter (2-3) slipped under .500 after last week’s 37-22 loss to Blythewood. Hunter Thames 18-for-29 passing for 239 yards and one touchdown against the Blazers.
Series history: The Cavaliers posted a 47-20 triumph last season. It was RNE’s third straight win, and it cut the Sumter series lead to 18-11.