C.A. Johnson (2-6, 2-0 Region 3-1A) vs. Lamar (5-2, 1-0)
Site: Bolden Stadium, Thursday.
Game notes: C.A. Johnson had a tough time in non-region games, but the Green Hornets are off to a fast start in region matters. The real test of CAJ’s region footing comes in Thursday’s first-ever meeting against the always tough Lamar Silver Foxes. The Hornets thumped McBee 41-0 last week. Mike Knox was 9-for-17 passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Tarik Pryor had 123 yards rushing and two TDs on nine carries. Anthony Eaddy pulled down four passes for 118 yards and two scores. Pryor and Eaddy are standouts on defense, too. Pryor leads the team with 91.5 tackles, while Eaddy is credited with 41 tackles, 2 PBUs and 3 fumble recoveries Lamar suffered its first losing season (5-6) and its first first-round playoff exit since 1994 a year ago. The Silver Foxes appear to be back in form this time around with the only losses coming against 3A county rivals Hartsville and Darlington.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.
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Columbia (2-5, 1-1 Region 3-2A) vs. Pelion (3-4, 2-0)
Site: Memorial Stadium.
Game notes: Columbia righted the ship last week with a 55-12 region rout of Keenan behind the stellar play of Anthony Brown. The senior quarterback ran for 142 yards and four touchdowns and was 7-for-8 passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns. That didn’t leave much of the offensive spotlight for Brown’s teammates, but receiver Diante Petruso was thrown to four times in the game, resulting in four catches that netted 85 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. In all, Columbia rolled for 22 first downs, 262 yards by land and 184 yards in the air. The Caps defense did a number on the Raiders, extracting four takeaways (three interceptions, one fumble) while surrendering six first downs, 199 yards and just one Keenan offensive touchdown Pelion can stay very much in the region title race with a win over the Capitals. The Panthers continued their winning ways in the region with a 28-22 home win over North Central. QB Zach Hawkins was 9-for-15 passing for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Terry Davis had four catches for 64 yards and tweo TDs and Josh Lang grabbed three passes for 56 yards and one score. Carlton Richard ran for 148 yards and one TD on 21 carries. Defensively, the Panthers had one of the best games of the season, allowing the Knights only 195 offensive yards. Mark Vuocolo was atop the hit parade with 15 tackles.
Series history: Columbia was a 21-7 winner in the last meeting of the teams in 2007. The win allowed the Capitals to even the series at 4-4.
Keenan (4-3, 1-1 Region 3-2A) vs. Fairfield Central (5-2, 2-0)
Site: Bolden Stadium.
Game notes: Keenan’s offensive woes continued in last week’s 55-12 loss to Columbia. The Raiders posted just six first downs and 119 yards in the region opener. The one highlight was an 89-yard kickoff return touchdown by Peter Easaw late in the first quarter that cut the Capitals lead to 14-6. Columbia, however, had a 34-12 lead by halftime and put it away with two more scores in the third quarter. Easaw has been Keenan’s lone consistent threat on offense. He has 348 yards rushing on only 14 carries, he is averaging 21.5 yards per catch on 18 receptions and leads the team in scoring with 60 points on 10 touchdowns Fairfield Central, playing down in 2A for the first time, toyed with Eau Claire, 54-0, in its first 2A region game last week. The Griffins have won three in a row and are averaging 43.5 points a game over their last four outings.
Series history: To say Fairfield Central has dominated the series is an understatement. The Griffins are 10-0 against the Raiders with six of the wins by shutout. FC has scored 491 points in the series while allowing only 33. Keenan
North Central (3-4, 0-2 Region 3-2A) vs. Eau Claire (1-6, 0-2)
Site: North Central Stadium.
Game notes: The winner escapes the region cellar North Central played Pelion tough last week, but was relegated to a frustrating game of catch-up. The Knight closed within 28-22 with 4:30 left in the game, but never got the ball back Eau Claire took a 54-0 hit at Fairfield Central. The Shamrocks have lost five in a row. During the skid, EC has been shut out three times and has been out-scored 224-42.
Series history: The teams have split two previous confrontations. EC was a 44-24 winner in the first game in 2001, and the Knights balanced the ledger with a 31-0 triumph in 2001.
Mid-Carolina (2-5, 0-2 Region 2-2A) vs. Batesburg-Leesville (4-3, 1-1)
Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium.
Game notes: Quarterback Jacquiel Chandler ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns in Batesburg-Leesville’s 38-20 win at Ninety Six last week. The Panthers have never lost at Wilson Campbell Stadium. B-L trampled the Wildcats with a rushing attach that produced 342 yards and and a 6.3 yards average on 53 attempts. Chandler also hit Ty Jones with a 47-yard scoring pass Mid-Carolina’s porous defense faces a major challenge this week. The Rebels are allowing an average of 35.3 points a game to date.
Series history: Mid-Carolina has won the last two encounters, but the Panthers still enjoy an 18-10 lead in the series since 1982.