Irmo (4-5, 2-1 Region 4-4A) vs. Blythewood (8-1, 3-0)
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium.
Game notes: It’s a big game with region championship implications ... Irmo can earn the region’s No. 1 playoff seed by finishing the regular season with two wins. The Yellow Jackets bounced back from a tough loss to Spring Valley with a 27-6 success against Richland Northeast last week. Irmo’s primary offensive weapons include running back Bryce Fashaw, quarterback Grant Davitte and receivers Trey Suber and Shikee Brooks. William Elm is the big-play man on defense Blythewood rolled winless Lugoff-Elgin, 41-7, for its eighth win in a row and finally earned a spot on the media Top 10 rankings (No. 10). Kylen Bill was 9-for-15 passing for 113 yards and one touchdown and ran for 50 yards and one score. Ben Ruiz (8-60-1) and Devin Albert (8-56-1) also contributed to the ground game. Lynard Jamison hauled in the one scoring pass in the game. Greg Huegel kicked two field goals. The Blythewood defensive star was Derek Miller, who rang up eight tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Earl Wilson was outstanding in the secondary with four tackles and five pass break-ups. A.C. Whaley accounted for the bulk of the highlight for the Cavs – hitting 21 of 33 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown and running for a team high 52 yards.
Series history: Irmo is the only Midlands team Blythewood has faced and never beaten. The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 against the Bengals, including last season’s 26-7 region triumph.
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Ridge View (5-4, 2-1 Region 4-4A) vs. Richland Northeast (5-4, 1-2)
Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium.
Game notes: Ridge View’s playoff drive picked up steam last week thanks to a 21-16 win over Spring Valley. Nolan Randolph had `140 passing yards and one scoring throw to Tyric’ Robinson. Gary Bradshaw and Tevin Adams had scoring runs. Defensively, the Blazers rang up 12 sacks – five by Ren McNeil, three by Obinna Nitiasagwe and two each by Willie Doctor and Curtis Bey Richland NE has no choice. The Cavaliers must win the final two games of the season to have a shot at making the state playoff cut. Last week, RNE suffered its second straight setback – a 27-6 drubbing at the hands of Irmo.
Series history: RNE has won two in a row and leads the series by a 9-5 margin.
Spring Valley (6-3, 1-2 Region 4-4A) vs. Lugoff-Elgin (0-9, 0-3)
Site: Harry Parone Stadium.
Game notes: Spring Valley must win its final two games and get a little outside help to achieve its goal of qualifying for the state playoffs for the first time since 2005. Spring Valley carried a 16-14 lead into the fourth quarter, but let it slip away. John Miller had 44 yards rushing and one scoring run and was 6-for-11 passing for 101 yards for the Vikings. Desmond Poole had 45 yards rushing and scored the other SV touchdown. Anthony Vickers had a team high 14 tackles on defense It is official. Lugoff-Elgin’s 41-7 loss to Blythewood was the 15th setback in a row for the Demons – a new school record for futility. The Demons hope, at least, to avoid a winless season for only the second time in program annals.
Series history: The teams split two non-region games in in the first meetings of the teams (2010 and 2011).
Lexington vs. Dutch Fork
Site: WildCat Stadium.
Game notes: Lexington wasted little time establishing command last week against Aikem, building a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats kept up the heat in the second and took a 51-7 lead into the halftime break. Will Hunter was 7-for-11 passing for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Grays Chumley ran for 85 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries. Hunter hooked up with Altrye Walker on a 68-yard scoring pass on the first play of the game to set the tone Dutch Fork kept paced with North Augusta atop the region standings with a 28-0 win over White Knoll. It was the first shutout of the season for the DF defense. Trey Gregg was the offensive star of the game with 186 yards rushing and three touchdown runs on 28 carries. The defensive also got into the scoring act on a fumble recovery tally by Walter Robinson. The bad news for the Silver Foxes was five turnovers – two lost fumbles and three interceptions off Derek Olenchuk passes.
Series history: Lexington emerged with a wild 56-49 win last season to up its series lead to 8-4.
White Knoll (6-3, 1-2 Region 5-3A) vs. South Aiken (1-8, 1-2)
Site: The Wolf Den.
Game notes: White Knoll is in a slump that threatens its quest for a state playoff invitation. The Timberwolves were shut out for the second week in a row, this time 28-0 by Dutch Fork. WK finished with a meager yield of 132 offensive yards. Defensively, Mikeal Green had 13 tackles, Julian Johnson finished with eight tackles, 2 TFL and 1 sack. Malcolm Ford had eight tackles and intercepted two passes South Aiken suffered a 45-14 loss to North Augusta after upsetting Lexington for its first win of the season. Adam Allen is a dangerous runner and junior quarterback Bo Baldwin is back after missing much of the season with an injury suffered in the first quarter of the first game of the season.
Series history: White Knoll has won two in a row after South Aiken won six of the first seven meetings.