High School Sports

October 18, 2012

This week in Class 3A football

Interesting stretch run begins in Region 4-3A with thiree teams tied for second place behind front-running A.C. Flora - Chapin, Dreher, Lower Richland.

Dreher (7-1, 2-1 Region 4-3A) vs. Chapin (3-5, 2-1)

Site: Memorial Stadium.

Game notes: Dreher stay very much in the region title hunt with a 28-21 road win at Camden. The Blue Devils have their best record ever this deep into a season in the modern era (since 1970). Dreher had success by land and air. Howard Henderson was 9-for-17 passing for 85 yards, including scoring strikes to Tyrek Outler and Bradford Lemmons. Donovan Ward and Hakim Frazier paced a 281-yard rushing attack. Ward polled for 150 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries, while Frazier added 100 yards on 15 totes. Keito Johnson accounted for the other Blue Devil TD with a fumble recovery Chapin handed Lower Richland its first region loss, emerging with a 14-12 decision in a defensive struggle. Greer Layne and Tyler Weimer had huge games for the Eagles. Layne rang up 17 tackles, including three tackles for loss. Weimer had five tackles for loss, two sacks and two quarterback pressures. Offensively, the Eagles did just enough. QB Barrett Chapia ran for 55 yards and passed for 96 yards, including scoring tosses to Anthony Gonzales and Alex Young.

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Lower Richland (3-5, 2-1 Region 4-3A) vs. A.C. Flora (7-1, 3-0)

Site: The Diamond Mine.

Game notes: A.C. Flora blasted first-year Westwood 52-6 behind a 400-yard rushing attack that did the major damage right up the middle. Keith Goss (8-108-2), Aven Pollard (5-95-3) and R.J. Joyner (8-81-0) were the offensive headliners. Tyan Vereen and Rion Davis are the season defensive leaders. Senior linebacker Vereen has 81 tackles, nine tackles, four sacks, six quarterback pressures and two pass break-ups. Sophomore defensive back Davis has 62 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass break-ups Lower Richland is coming off a 14-12 loss to Chapin, but still has a shot at a region title if it can win its final two regular season games.

Series history: Flora has won three in a row, but LR still enjoys a comfortable 17-7 series edge.

Camden (2-6, 0-3 Region 4-3A) vs. Westwood (0-8, 0-3)

Site: Zemp Stadium.

Game notes: Camden must win its last two games of the regular season to stay in postseason contention. If the Bulldogs fail, they would miss the cut for the second year in a row. The last time Camden failed to qualify for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons was in 1986-87. Last week, the Bulldogs fell 28-21 at home to Dreher with Ross Hough filling in for Josh Council, who was shelved by an injury suffered in a car crash. Hough did a respectable job with 140 yards passing and one scoring throw. Cedric Cook turned a shot Hough pass into an 82-yard scoring play and had a 91-yard kicoff return that set up another Camden touchdown Westwood coughed up 524 yards in a 52-6 loss to A.C. Flora. Davis King and Adonus Lee provided the bulk of the Redhawk highlights. King was 13-for-22 passing for 158 yards and one touchdown. Lee caught eight passes for 125 yards and one score. To date, King is 110-for-203 for 1,018 yards and five TDs, while Lee is up to 31 receptions for 439 yards and three TDs.

Series history: This is the first meeting of the teams.

Brookland-Cayce (1-7, 0-3 Region 5-3A) vs. Swansea (7-1, 2-1)

Site: The Cage.

Game notes: Swansea is in bounce-back mode after taking a 42-7 hit in last week’s first-place showdown with Strom Thurmond. The Tiger attack finished with a meager yield of 124 yards and had four giveaways B-C hung tough against Midland Valley, but suffered a 28-21 defeat. T was the Bearcats seventh loss in a row and must win its final two games to have any shot at a state playoff berth.

Series history: Swansea was a 26-7 winner last season to even the series record at 5-5.

Gilbert (4-4, 2-1 Region 5-3A) vs. Strom Thurmond (7-1, 3-0)

Site: Tomahawk Stadium.

Game notes: Mitch Spires led Gilbert to a key 38-35 win over Airport. The junior quarterback was 9-for16 passing for 140 yards, but did the major damage on land with 100 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 17 carries. Gage Smith had a good blocking game up front, grading out at 94% with three knockdowns. Ach Their had a big game on defense with 16 tackles and one forced fumble Strom Thurmond humbled Swansea in last week’s first-place region showdown. Darius and Jauveer Hammond did in the Tigers. Darius Hammond ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Jauveer Hammond had 61 yards passing and one scoring throw, plus 105 yards rushing and one TD by land.

Series history: Gilbert has had little success against the Rebels, losing all four previous meetings by a combined count of 185 points to 41.

Midland Valley (3-5, 2-1 Region 5-3A) vs. Airport (3-5, 0-3)

Site: L.L. Willis Stadium.

Game notes: It’s a simple matter, actually. Airport must find a way to end a four-game losing streak and beat the Mustangs to avoid missing the state playoff cut for the first time since in dropped down to Class 3A in 2004. The Eagles dropped a 38-35 decision to Gilbert last week. Airport finished with 319 total yards. Three quarterbacks combined for 171 yards passing. Forrest Arnold had the best game of the three, going 8-for-14 for 124 yards and one touchdown. Anthony Stewart had another fine all-around game. The senior had seven catches for 101 yards and one TD on offense, had a 50-yard punt return score (his second return tally of the season) and chipped in four tackles and one interception on defense. Dre Pettus, Alfred Parker and Rodney Smith share the team tackle lead with 63 stops apiece Midland Valley trallied from a 13-7 halftime deficit to beat Brookland-Cayce on the road. QB Daniel Carr had 114 yards passing and 109 yards rushing, two scoring runs and one scoring throw.

Series history: Airport has ruled the series, winning 18 of the 25 meeting, including last season’s 31-7 triumph.

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