Blythewood vs. Spring Valley
Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium.
Game notes: Blythewood closed non-region testing with a 5-1 record and a 49-7 thrashing of host Aiken. Quarterback Kaylen Binn ran for three touchdowns and threw for another will amassing 201 total yards. Dean Beckford exploded for 115 yards rushing and one TD on just five carries. The Bengals defense limited the Hornets to 192 yards. Lineman Ervin Hall had three tackles for loss. To date, Binn is 57-for-91 passing for 642 yards and six touchdowns, and had four scores by land. Beckford is the leading rusher with 401 yards and seven TDs on 48 attempts. The top receivers are Shyheim Brown (18-214-2) and Javon Smith (16-195-1). Thed defensive honor roll includes Jalen Williams (56 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack, 2 PBU and 6 QB hurries and two forced fumbles), Tony Robollo (46 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries), Derek Miller (43 tackles), Joe Kelly (37 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 PBU), Terrell Vaughn (30 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sacks, 6 QB hurries) and Hall (30 tackles, 11 TFL, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries) Spring Valley (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season – a 30-17 setback against White Knoll. The Vikings defense was hit for 285 rushing yards by the Timberwolves, and two big pass plays. WK attempted only three passes, but completed all three and two went for decisive touchdowns. Entering Region 4-4A play, John Miller leads Spring Valley in rushing (74-617-9), receiving (10-161-1) and scoring. He also has one scoring pass. QB Chris Adams is 34-for-68 for 420 yards and seven TDs. Josh Harlan (63 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 interceptions), Christian Miller (55 tackles, 8 TFL) and Chaz Tallant (62 tackles) are atop the Vikings hit parade.
Series history: Blythewood is 4-0 against the Vikings since the series began in 2008.
Irmo vs. Ridge View
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium.
Game notes: Irmo (2-4) fell into a 20-0 hole on the way to a 34-14 loss to crosstown rival Dutch orkin last week’s final non-region outing. Bryce Fashaw accounted for 181 of the Yellow Jackets total offensive yield of 209 yards. Fashaw did it all on the ground and scored both Irmo touchdowns. The Jackets defense, meanwhile, surrendered 252 yards on the ground and 245 through the air Ridge View (3-3) is coming off a bizarre 56-35 loss to South Florence in its final non-region game. The Blazers turned the ball over four times, and two interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Ridge Had its share of odd tallies – recovering one fumble for a touchdown (by Jaylin Cunningham-Smith) and returning a blocked punt for another (by Draquan Wages). QN Nolan Randolph had two touchdown runs and one scoring pass before leaving the game with an injury in the third quarter.
Series history: Irmo has won three in a row against the Blazers and leads the series by an 11-3 margin.
Richland Northeast vs. Lugoff-Elgin
Site: Harry Parone Stadium.
Game notes: Richland NE (4-2) closed non-region testing on a positive note -= nipping Sumter on the road, 26-25. QB A.C. Whaley was 14-for-31 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 102 yards and two scores on 20 carries. Craishaud Foulks had seven catches for 121 yards and two TDs on offense and had two pass break-ups on defense. The Cavaliers’ defensive star was Andre Black who had 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks while grading out at 94%. For the season, Whaley is 102-for-200 passing for 1,383 yards and 14 TDs. Craishaud Foulks (36-608-7), Shamar Foulks (21-283-2) and Ryan Howell (21-249-4) are Whaley’s favorite targets. Black (45 tackles), Ahmad Dunlap (47 tackles) and Rashaan Bourquin (5 interceptions) are the headliners on the defensive side Lugoff-Elgin (0-6) suffered its 12th straight loss last week – a 41-17 drubbing at the hand of Lexington. It’s the deepest slump for the program since the early 1990s when the Demons lost 27 of 28 games between the 1991 and 1994s seasons, including losing streaks of 14 and 13 games. The current streak is the third longest in program history. Shon Belton provided a few highlights against Lexington, running for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. The senior quarterback leads the team is rushing with 604 yards and seven TDs on 114 carries and he has 209 yards passing.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.
Aiken vs. White Knoll
Site: Hagood Stadium.
Game notes: White Knoll (5-1) enters Region 5-4A play riding a school-record five-game winning streak. The latest success was a 30-17 road win against previously unbeaten Spring Valley. The Timberwolves rolled for 285 yards on the ground and quarterback Delvin Riley delivered the knockout blows with two scoring passes. Quinn Jones led the running game with 124 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, while veteran Lamar Ray added 84 yards and one TD on 10 attempts. Riley attempted only three passes, but he hit all three for a total of 55 yards. Included were scoring strikes of 32 yards top Raymond Williams and 17 yards to Craig Blakey. Interceptions by Zac Collins, Malcolm Ford, Mikeal Green and Riley highlighted the defensive performance. Riley also had one fumble recovery to underscore his starring role. Reggie Gilliam led the team in tackles with 12 stops Aiken (2-4) took a 49-7 whipping at the hand of Blythewood last week. The Green Hornets managed only 196 offensive yards against the Bengals, and the defense was burned for 423 yards, 261 on the ground.
Series history: The T-Wolves scored a 14-7 win last season for their second win in the last three years against the Green Hornets. Aiken, however, won six of the first seven meetings.
Lexington vs. North Augusta
Site: WildCat Stadium.
Game notes: Lexington (2-4) finished the non-region phase of the season with a 41-17 road rout of winless Lugoff-Elgin. The Wildcats built a 35-10 lead by halftime and rolled up a season high 500 yards of total offense. The spotlight player was quarterback Will Hunter, who connected on 16 of 21 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Grays Chumley had 86 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries and also hauled in a scoring pass. To date, Hunter is 96-for-166 passing for 1,320 yards and 10 scores. Chumley has run for 545 yards and five TDs and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Hunter shares the love with three receivers – Bryson Stokes (26-286-1), Ryan McCray (24-275-0) and Altrye Walker (22-401-4). Lexington’s defensive leaders include Chase Austin (53 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks), Brandon Camp (34 tackles, 20 TFL, 10 sacks), Cameron Matthews (36 tackles, 9 TFL, 4 sacks) and Jordan Carr (28 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 interceptions) North Augusta enters the Region 5-4A opener with a 4-2 and well rested. The Yellow Jackets had a bye last week. Devonte Pressley has 738 yards rushing and eight TDs on 106 totes, and quarterbacks Trib Reese and Cody Turner have combined for 1,011 yards passing and eight scoring throws.
Series history:Lexington snapped a three-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets with a 59-56 win last season, but North Augusta still enjoys a 22-16 series lead.
South Aiken vs. Dutch Fork
Site: Thoroughbred Stadium.
Game notes: Dutch Fork evened the slate at 3-3 with a 34-14 win over archrival Irmo last week. The Silver Foxes had excellent balance on the attack with 252 yards rushing, 245 yards passing. QB Derek Olenchuk was 25-for-33 passing, but all five touchdowns came by land. Trey Gregg scored three times, and Walter Johnson found the end zone twice. Defensively, Marcus Taylor and Omar Staley had two sacks apiece and Lane Ecton had the line DF takeaway on an interception. To date, Olenchuk is 118-for-184 for 1,470 yards and five touchdowns. Gregg is the leading rusher with 476 yards and nine scores on 95 carries. Jordan Berry is among the state leaders in receiving with 58 catches for 889 yards and five TDs. Jamar Winston leads the team in tackles for 42 and has four sacks. Staley (29 tackles, 3 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries) and Ecton (39 tackles, 2 interceptions) have also played well South Aiken (0-5) has lost 15 in a row and 28 of its last 30 games.
Series history: This is the first contact of the teams since 1999. DF was an easy winner in each of the two previous games against the Thoroughbreds.