High School Sports

October 31, 2012

This week in Class 2A-1A football Nov. 2

Keenan meets Eau Claire for the third time this season in a 2A Division I first-round game.

Keenan (6-4) vs. Eau Claire (1-9)

Site: Bolden Stadium.

Game notes: The teams are meeting for the third time this season in the first round of the Division I playoffs. Keenan beat the Shamrocks 33-6 in the season opener, and followed up with a 40-0 Region 3 win two weeks ago. It’s the first-ever postseason meeting of the city rivals ... Keenan’s top weapon is Peter Easaw, who has 1,017 yards rushing with a 16.4 per-carry average, has caught 19 passes for 388 yards, is a threat to go all the way on kick return teams and has scored 22 overall touchdowns. QB Titus Hopkins is 70-for-132 passing for 1,304 yards and 10 TDs. Josh McCord is the leading receiver with 29 catches for 540 yards and four scores. Daetron Hyman helps out on the ground with 472 yards rushing and two scoring runs. Rysheem Rushing is the Raider standout on defense with 80 tackles and 13.5 sacks. Richard Lawhorn (79 tackles), Sanquan Harrell (7 sacks) and Kendrick Gathers (55 tackles, 5 sacks) also have played well on defense Eau Claire is 1-20 since enjoying its best season in 18 years – 4-6 in 2010.

Series history: Keenan has won three in a row, six of the last seven to increase its series advantage against EC to 26-10.

Pelion (3-7) vs. Crescent (7-3)

Site: Pelion Stadium.

Game notes: Pelion is the host team in the first round of the Division I playoffs thanks to a better yield from the seeding point system that rewards more points for some losses than wins ... Pelion enters postseason play mired in a three-game losing streak after opening Region 3 action at 2-0. QB Zach Hawkins is 87-for-181 passing for 1,318 yards and 14 touchdowns to date. The top Panther runners are Carlton Richard (145-865-10) and Isaiah Jenkins (93-479-2). Terry Davis (31-550-8), Freddie Phillips (24-279-1) and Josh Lang (17-252-4) are productive receivers. Mark Vuocolo (73 tackles) and Storm Guess (52 tackles, 4 interceptions) are the statistical standouts on a defensive unit that is allowing 45.9 points a game and is well within range of allowing the most points in a season in program history Crescent posted its highest regular-season win count since 1997 with a net gain of five under second-year coach Jeff Murdock.

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

Chesterfield (4-6) vs. Batesburg-Leesville (5-5)

Site: Chesterfield Stadium.

Game notes: Chesterfield has had a tough season. Steve Tanneyhill left to coach at Union County, and the Golden Rams suffered their first losing regular season record in seven years in their first year back in Class 2A. Batesburg-Leesville’s made strides in its first season under Dr. Jerry Brown and is looking to avoid losing three straight playoff openers for the first time in the program’s long, glorious history.

Series history: The Division II opener on Friday will mark the first football meeting of the teams.

Christ Church (10-0) vs. C.A. Johnson (2-8)

Site: Carson Field.

Game notes: C.A. Johnson returns to the state playoffs for the first time since 2009, but the Green Hornets first-round opponent in Class 1A Division I is none other than defending champion Christ Church, which is riding a 22-game winning streak and is 35-2 over the last three seasons under coach Don Frost CAJ quarterback Mike Knox has been outstanding this season. He has 1,914 yards passing and 15 scoring throws. He also leads the team in rushing with 783 yards and eight TDs on 105 carries. Tarik Pryor has chipped in with 591 yards rushing and five TDs. Anthony Eaddy (37-811-9) and Peter Goodman (31-684-5) are the top receivers. Many of the same names are key defensive players, as well. Pryor lead the Hornets with 116 tackles, Knox is credited with 63 tackles and one interception and Eaddy has 48 tackles and three fumble recoveries. Otherwise, Michael Watts has 84 tackles on the books.

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

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