Three things we know
Flags are flying at half-mast in Hartsville in remembrance of Ronald Rouse. The Hartsville senior was 10 days shy of his 18th birthday when he died Friday night after collapsing twice during the Red Foxes’ Homecoming game against Crestwood.
Rouse, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound lineman, collapsed on the field after a play and was motionless for several minutes before he walked to the sideline under his own power. Rouse collapsed again on the sideline, where medics attempted to revive him with CPR and an automated heart defibrillator. The game was called after Rouse was pronounced dead at Carolina Pines Medical Center.
The Red Foxes (7-0) are scheduled to play at Manning on Oct. 12.
The Socastee Braves toppled Myrtle Beach 27-17, handing the Seahawks their first loss. The Braves (7-0) extended their own unblemished record 0 and now are the leaders in Region 7-3A. Socastee, led by coach Tim Renfrow, approached the game confident despite having lost to Myrtle Beach each year since 1999. If you’re going to slay a giant, that is the way to do it.
Senior kicker Ben Hinson is no small advantage for Irmo. Hinson has contributed 29 points to the Yellow Jackets this season, making 14-of-15 extra points and 5-of-7 field goals. But Hinson’s added value to the team was more clear Friday, when he split the uprights from 52-yards out to put Irmo ahead of Ridge View in the game’s final minutes.
Three things we don’t know
After small offensive performances in the first six weeks, the Columbia Capitals broke out with a 55-point game against Keenan on Thursday. Led by quarterback Anthony Brown, the Capitals (2-5, 2-3) snapped a four-loss skid. But will the Capitals build on the big win against Pelion (3-4, 2-1) this week?
With their win over Spring Valley, the Blythewood Bengals stretched their winning streak to six games. With two kick return touchdowns and a blocked kick, the Bengals showed their strength on special teams. Their big-play offense posted 299 yards, nine first downs and punted three times. The seemingly invulnerable Bengals could run the table in Region 4-4A, but will Richland Northeast (5-2) find a way to beat the Bengals on Friday?
Summerville notched coach John McKissick’s 595th win in Week 2. Had they won out, Friday’s 17-10 win over Fort Dorchester would have been McKissick’s No. 600. Instead, McKissick is three wins away from the unprecedented mark. The Green Wave (3-4, 2-2) have four weeks remaining, and the next three opponents have a combined 5-16 record. Summerville has undefeated Bluffton in the regular season finale.
Three to watch
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Two undefeated SCISA titans meet to determine the league lead. Hammond (8-0) defeated Augusta Christian (7-0) twice in 2011.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Strom Thurmond (6-1) has won five straight heading into this game, which likely will determine the Region 5-3A champion. The undefeated Swansea Tigers have allowed an average 5.7 points per game with three shutouts. The Rebels’ offense averages 45 points.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
After falling on Thursday night, the Keenan Raiders face a big challenge in the Griffins, who have outscored opponents 233-111. The Raiders look to turn a special teams advantage into Fairfield Central’s first loss since Sept. 14.
Three top performers
Made a 52-yard game-winning field goal
Posted 202 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries
Completed 18 of 26 passes for 302 yards
What they’re saying
“We are under the radar, but I like where we are right now.”
“I think he’s the best kicker in the state, and he demonstrated that. It would have been good from 60.”
“We can’t get healthier, but we can always get tougher.”