Three things we know
South Pointe is on the war path
With their 28-23 defeat of intown-rival Northwestern, South Pointe improved to 6-0, and the drumbeat from the Stallions’ procession toward the top of Class 4A grew louder. But South Pointe has competition from York, led by former Stallions coach Bobby Carroll, for the Region 3-4A lead. York (6-0) has outscored opponents 231-48. The two teams meet Oct. 26. In the meantime, the Stallions are poised to wreak havoc on the rest of the region.
The Rebels are picking up steam
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Led by quarterback Shuler Bentley, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 375 yards on Friday, the Byrnes Rebels again are ascending the national rankings and moving closer to a third straight Class 4A title, their ninth in 11 years. The Rebels, ranked No. 3 in the USA Today’s Super 25, routed Spartanburg 49-7 at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium. Next for undefeated Byrnes is Riverside (1-5).
Safety is paramount
SC School for the Deaf and the Blind’s senior linebacker Rhonte Levine had to be immobilized and transported by ambulance to a Greer Hospital after a severe helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter on Friday.
The Green Hornets dropped to 0-5 as Tennessee School for the Deaf led 20-6 when the game was called.
Reports said Levine had the ability to move his arms and legs as he was transported to the hospital.
Three things we don’t know
What all the commotion was about
The Garrett-North Charleston game was moved to Monday at 6 p.m. after officials called the game Friday night due to an unruly crowd.
Can Myrtle Beach remain unblemished?
The Seahawks put a 54-21 hurting on Wilson to improve to 6-0. This week, they face undefeated Socastee, which has outscored opponents 231-133. Myrtle Beach has outscored opponents 224-140. The two squads likely are fighting for the Region 7-3A title.
When will the Demons rise?
Lugoff-Elgin is the only winless team in the Midlands. The Demons are two seasons removed from their last winning season and were a combined 7-16 the past two seasons. It does not get any easier as Region 4-4A play begins. Next up: Richland Northeast (4-2).
Three top performers
White Knoll quarterback
Helped Timberwolves improve to 5-1 with 60 yards passing for two touchdowns and an interception and fumble recovery on defense
Ben Lippen running back
Posted 229 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries for the Falcons
Completed 27 passes for 327 yards and seven touchdowns passing
Three to watch
Airport at Strom Thurmond
After a second consecutive loss, the Airport Eagles look to bounce back in this Region 5-3A match. At 5-1, the Rebels are early contenders for the region lead, and their offense has outscored opponents 275-87.
Columbia at Keenan
This Thursday game sees Keenan (3-2) looking to gain momentum after its first shutout of the season. The Capitals (1-5) put up a valiant effort against Fairfield Central, and their offense, led by quarterback Anthony Brown, will be tested again this week.
Ridge View at Irmo
With both teams at 3-3, the Blazers and Yellow Jackets each are looking to begin a climb towards to top of Region 4-4A. Both teams are coming off three-touchdown losses.
What they’re saying
“We have to beat them. We have to beat them to make me happy, to make this team happy, to make this town happy.”
Socastee senior Erick Mortel on the 6-0 Braves upcoming match with 6-0 Myrtle Beach
“It was pretty cool to catch a pass from a player like that. That’s a player from Byrnes that’s going to go down as one of the best in history.”
Byrnes receiver Shaedon Meadors, on fellow reciever Akia Booker, who completed a TD pass to Meadors in the Spartanburg game.
“We got whipped. We were beat in all phases of the game.”
Aiken coach Carey Johnson, clarifying the Green Hornets’ loss to Blythewood.
Compiled by Akilah Imani Nelson