Three things we know
That’s what brothers are for
At Chapin on Friday, the starting quarterback knew he was leaving his team in good hands when he got injured.
With starter junior Matt Charpia sidelined by injury since Monday, it was senior Barrett Charpia who stepped in. The elder Charpia helped lead the Eagles to a 14-12 region win over Lower Richland.
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Barrett Charpia posted 158 yards of offense with two touchdown passes to lead the Eagles (3-5, 2-1). Chapin travels to Dreher this week.
Batesburg-Leesville is on
The Panthers (5-3), despite a spate of injuries, have won three out of their past five games.
Led by quarterback Jac’uiel Chandler and rusher Juawan Etheredge, Batesburg-Leesville is in a good position for the playoffs. Its conference loss was to league leader Abbeville. Newberry could leapfrog Batesburg-Leesville in the standings with a win.
Dutch Fork’s offense is rolling
In their three consecutive wins, the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes have averaged 51 points. Last week, punt returns accounted for two of their eight touchdowns.
Without them, Dutch Fork had a handy 35-point advantage over Aiken. With its defense holding opponents to 14 points or less, as it has the past four games, Dutch Fork’s offense can put on a show.
Three things we don’t know
How the big winners will respond to losses
Strom Thurmond’s win over previously undefeated Swansea put the Rebels at the top of Region 5-3A at 3-0.
The Tigers (7-1, 2-1) are in a strong position with two region games remaining.
Their final two opponents, Brookland-Cayce and Gilbert, have a combined 1-5 region record.
Hammond also began Friday with an unblemished record, along with a 19-game win streak. The Skyhawks fell to Augusta Christian (8-0) by one.
Will these two teams, with such productive offenses and stingy defenses, come back next week tougher than ever?
Will C.A. Johnson win again?
The Green Hornets (2-7, 2-1) close the regular season this week at Lewisville. C.A. Johnson notched back-to-back Region 3-A victories before falling to region-leading Lamar on Friday.
With a third win, the Hornets could be looking at a berth in one of the tournaments.
But Lewisville has outscored opponents 275-156, while Johnson has been outscored 291-183
Who will be on the North-South All-star teams?
South Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team roster, released last week, features eight Midlands players. Several more could be chosen for the SCADA North-South All-star Game, rosters for which will be released later this month.
Three top performers
Posted 131 yards passing and 100 yards rushing and four touchdowns
Newberry running back
Rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries
Dutch Fork receiver
Posted punt return touchdowns of 62 and 57 yards, along with 109 rushing yards and a touchdown reception
Three to watch
Dutch Fork at White Knoll
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The streaking Silver Foxes take on a rebounding White Knoll as they jockey for position at the head of Region 5-4A.
Ben Lippen at Wilson Hall
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Falcons, led by Tyler Renew, travel to face the Wilson Hall Barons, who are led by Tyler Pannell, in a match that could become a showcase for either of the two star running backs.
Chapin at Dreher
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Coming off a two-point victory, Chapin looks to keep the momentum going. Dreher (7-1) has won two in a row led by Hakim Frazier.
What they’re saying
“He just came in and took control of the game. If it wouldn’t have been for him, we would have lost the game.”
Chapin coach Justin Gentry
on senior Barrett Charpia
“We’ll take a win, but there’s some things we’ve got to fix.”
Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson, on beating St. James 38-9, a week after the Seahawks’ first region loss in four
“I told them you respect everyone at all times under any conditions, even your opponents.”
South Pointe coach Strait Herron, on addressing his team before their match against Rock Hill. Last year, there was a postgame melee. This year, it was uneventful.
Compiled by Akilah Imani Nelson