Eau Claire (1-7, 0-3 Region 3-2A) vs. Keenan (4-4, 1-2)
Site: Bolden Stadium.
Game notes: Eau Claire played well, but came out on the short end of a 26-14 score at North Central. The bulk of the Shamrocks came on two scoring passes from Marquise Taylor – a 60-yarder to Wallace Green and a 30-yarder to Terrell Brown Keenan is also looking for a rebound effort after suffering back-to-back blowout losses to region front runners Columbia and Fairfield Central. Peter Eashaw is the Raiders’ offensive star. He has 593 yards rushing on 34 carries, has 18 receptions for 387 yards and scored a team high 13 touchdowns. QB Titus Hopkins is 54-for-102 passing for 954 yards and six TDs. Josh McCoird is the receiving lead with 20 catches for 306 yards and three scores. On defense, Richard Lawhorn has a team high 42 tackles, Kendrick Gathers has 41 tackles and two interceptions and Jermale Matthews has 30 tackles and three sacks.
Series history: Keenan opened the season with a 33-6 win over the Shamrocks. EC hopes to cut into the Raiders’ 25-10 series lead in the rematch.
Fairfield Central (6-2, 3-0 Region 3-2A) vs. Pelion (3-5, 2-1)
Site: E.K. McClendon Stadium.
Game notes: Fairfield Central is on a roll with four straight wins and a 43.0 scoring average during the streak. Last week, the Griffins plowed under Keenan 42-18. Running back Damien Bell and quarterback DeAndre Belton are the top producers on the FC attack squad Pelion is coming off a 48-14 loss to Columbia. This week’s game is a homecoming of sorts for Panthers coach Ben Freeman, who guided the Griffins to a 20-24 record in the program’s first four seasons (1986-89). Fairfield Central was created by consolidation of the old Winnsboro and McCrorey-Liston high schools in Fairfield County.
Series history: This is the first meeting of the team.
North Central (4-4, 1-2 Region 3-2A) vs. Columbia (3-5, 2-1)
Site: North Central Stadium.
Game notes: North Central bagged a 26-14 homecoming win over Eau Claire. The Knights had a balanced offensive show with 150 yards passing, 163 yards rushing. QB Grayson King was 15-for-23 passing for 150 yards and one touchdown. Reggie Outten, NC’s 230-pound running back, rumbled for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries Columbia’s revival continued last week in a 48-14 win over Pelion.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.
Batesburg-Leesville (5-3, 2-1 Region 2-2A) vs. Newberry (5-3, 2-1)
Site: Panther Stadium.
Game notes: Batesburg-Leesville saw a 21-point lead melts away last week against Mid-Carolina, but the Panthers withstood the Rebel counterattack and emerged with a 31-24 win. The Panther put together a game-winning drive after M-C took a 24-23 lead with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter ... Newberry rebounded from a loss to Abbeville to whip Ninety Six last week, 42-21.
Series history: Newberry scored a 28-14 win last season to increase its series lead in the modern era (since 1970) to 16-14.
Lewisville (6-2, 1-1 Region 3-1A) vs. C.A. Johnson (2-7, 2-1)
Site: Lewisville Stadium.
Game notes: C.A. Johnson closes out the regular season in the wake of a 42-6 loss to Lamar. Mike Knox provided a few highlight with 155 yards passing and 30 yard rushing. Peter Goodman pulled down a Knox pass for the Green Hornets lone touchdown. To date, Knox has 618 yards and six TDs by land and has 1,729 yards and 13 TDs by air. Tarik Pryor has 474 yards rushing and five scores. Goodman (29-647-5), Anthony Eaddy (33-741-8) and Isaiah Crearer (17-232-0) have been productive receivers. Pryor leads the way on defense with 101 tackles Lewisville is also coming off a loss to Lamar. The Lions fell 34-6 to the Silver Foxes before sitting out last week with a bye. QB Qua Walls is a run-pass threat with similar numbers to Knox. Running back Malcolm Means is the other headliner. He’s scored by land and air and had a 109-yard interception return score against Eau Claire on homecoming.
Series history: Lewisville is 4-0 against CAJ, including last season’s wild 54-32 decision.