Lugoff-Elgin (0-8, 0-2 Region 4-4A) vs. Blythewood (7-1, 2-0)
Site: Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.
Game notes: Blythewood pushed its winning streak to seven games that to a 21-20 escape job last week against Richland NE. The Cavaliers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull within one point with 53 seconds left in regulation only to both the PAT attempt. Kylen Binn keeps getting more comfortable at quarterback for the Bengals. The first-year senior was 12-for-15 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns and also contributed 32 net yards rushing and one score. Shyheim Brown and Hank Estep hauled in Binn scoring tosses. Tony Rebollo had a big game on defense with nine tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and one quarterback hurry. Joe Kelly picked off two RNE passes Things just keep getting worse for the hapless Demons, who have now lost 14 in a row top match the longest run of futility in program history. L-E simply allowed too many big plays in the most recent setback – a 40-28 loss to Ridge View. Jalen McCaskill provided the bulk of the Demon highlights with 101 yads rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
Series history: The teams are meeting as 4A foes for the first time. Blythewood won all three previous meetings when both teams were at the 3A level.
Richland NE (5-3, 1-1 Region 4-4A) vs. Irmo (3-5, 1-1)
Site: Harry Parone Stadium.
Game notes: Richland NE suffered a tough 21-20 loss to Blythewood last week. The Cavaliers rallied from a 21-7 deficit in the fourth quarter. A.C. Whaley’s 1-yard scoring run capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive with 53 second remaining in regulation, but the Cavaliers PAT bid failed. Whaley was 18-for-34 passing for 177 yards and one touchdown. Shamar and Craishaud Fouks both had five catches. Shamar Foulks had the edge with 62 yards gained and one scoring catch. Tackle Justin Manning graded out at 94% and had three knockdown blocks. Linebacker Ahmad Dunlap had a team high 14 tackles and also graded out at 94%. Whaley’s season totals include 1,844 yards through the air and 17 scoring passes. The senior quarterback is also the team’s leading rusher with 203 yards and four TDs on 96 carries. Craishaud Foulks is up to 48 receptions for 852 yards and nine scores. Dunlap and Andre Black lead the tackle list with 74 and 62 stops, respectively Irmo jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against Spring Valley, but ultimately fell 20-14 to the Vikings. The Jackets return to the scene to face the Cavaliers in an important game with playoff implications.
Series history: RNE stopped a five-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets last season, but Irmo still boasts a significant 21-11 series advantage.
Ridge View (4-4, 1-1 Region 4-4A) vs. Spring Valley (6-2, 1-1)
Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium.
Game notes: Spring Valley halted a two-game slide with a 20-14 win over long-time rival Irmo. The Yellow Jackets scored all of their points in the first quarter, while the Vikings did all the offensive damage in the second. The SV defense made the slim advantage stand up in the second half, thanks in large measure to the play of Christian Miller who rang up 13 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt. To date, Miller has 78 tackles, 12 TFL and 9 sacks on the books. John Miller led on the offensive front with 106 yards rushing and three scoring runs against Irmo. Miller leads the team in rushing yards (809, receiving yards (196) and touchdowns (14) Ridge View halted also halted a two-game slump with a 40-28 success against winless Lugoff-Elgin. Nolan Randolph was 10-for-17 passing for 200 yards and touchdown throws to four different receivers in the revitalizing win. Gary Bradshaw had 111 yards rushing and one touchdown and caught three passes for 33 yards and one score. The big item in the game was RV’s big-play capability. Bradshaw and Tyric Robinson hooked up on a 99-yard scoring pass. Bradshaw had an 83-yard scoring run. Demario Evans got the special teams into the act with an 85-yard kickoff return tally. Ren McNeil and Will Samuel led the hit parade on defense with 14 and 13 tackles, respectively. Otherwise, Cameron Armstrong chipped in with an interception and Obinna Ntiasagwe, Kelvin Davis and Mike Armstrong chipped in one sack apiece. Series history: Spring Valley is 2-0 against Ridge View under Miles Aldridge, which has allowed the Vikings to assume an 8-6 lead in the series.
Aiken vs. Lexington (2-6, 0-2 Region 5-4A)
Site: Hagood Stadium.
Game notes: Lexington suffered a stunning 20-14 loss to South Aiken – a team that was mired in a 16-game losing streak – and is facing the very real possibility of not taking part in postseason play for only the third time since Class 4A expanded its playoff format to two divisions in 1981. The Thoroughbreds put it away with two fourth-quarter scoring drives – the clincher coming with a 12-play, 95-yard march that culminated with a touchdown with 30 seconds remaining. The offense had some decent numbers. Grays Chumley ran for 108 yards on 16 carries and Will Hunter had 194 yards passing and two scoring throws. But the Wildcats defense yielded 373 yards, 271 by land. South Aiken’s Adam Allen had a 205-yard rushing night Aiken has lost four in a row, including last week 63-14 pasting at the hands of Dutch Fork.
Series history: Lexington has won four in a row against Aiken to even the series slate at 14-14.
White Knoll (6-2, 1-1 Region 5-4A) vs. Dutch Fork (5-3, 2-0)
Site: The Wolf Den.
Game notes: White Knoll took a 33-0 hit last week against North Augusta, finishing with just 114 yards of offense. Quinn Jones accounted for 69 yards rushing on 19 carries. The Timberwolves defense surrendered 393 yards in the loss that ended a school record six-game winning streak Dutch Fork is on as roll offensively. The Silver Foxes opened region play by matching the school record for points scored in one game in a 56-3 rout of South Aiken. DF topped the record in last week’s 63-14 dismantling of Aiken. In addition to the points, the Silver Foxes amassed 569 yards on the attack, including 432 through the air. Derek Olenchuk was 17-for-22 for 289 yards and one touchdown. Tate Fant and Drew Williams combined for the other 143 passing yards. Ant had one scoring throw. Eight receivers caught passes in the game but Jordan Berry was the headliner again with eight receptions for 209 yards and one score. Berry is up to 74 catches for 1,207 yards and six TDs. He has posted at least 95 receiving yards in every game this season. RB Trey Gregg had quite a productive evening, as well – 109 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 12 carries.
Series history: Dutch Fork is 2-0 against WK under Tom Knotts, and enjoys an overall 8-2 edge in the series.