This week in lass 3A football Nov. 9

11/08/2012 2:51 PM

11/08/2012 2:53 PM

A.C. Flora (10-1) vs. Belton Honea-Path (8-3)

Site: Memorial Stadium.

Game notes: Belton-Honea Path is looking to get past the second round of the state playoffs for just the second time since winning the 3A title in 2004. The Bears escaped with a wild 63-56 win last week against Woodruff as Korey Thompson ran for 272 yards and four touchdowns and caught two passes for 62 yards and one TD. Thompson has 1,520 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns on the books and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 138.2 yards per game. QB Matt Williams and WR Keinan Lewis are BP’s other prime offensive threats. Williams is 101-for-161 passing for 2,098 yards and 16 touchdowns. Lewis has 56 receptions for 1,118 yards and 12 TDs A.C. Flora spotted visiting Pickens a 14-0 lead in the first quarter befoire kicking into gear and rolling to a 55-31 win. Keith Goss was the headliner with 100 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries. QB Jake Lewis was 6-for-10 passing for 153 yards and two TDs and also ran for 84 yards and one score. Goss upped his season rushing totals for 651 yards and 11 touchdowns but is still third on the team in rushing behind Aven Pollard (71-765-17) and Lewis (133-735-12). Lewis is 82-for-128 passing for 1,562 yards and 13 TDs. Prime receivers Shelton Whittaker (25-794-8) and Schroder Carlton (24-333-5) hauled in Lewis scoring tosses against Pickens. Tyan Vereen (121 tackles, 10 TFL, 5.5 sacks), Rion Davis (87 tackles, 3 interceptions, 11 PBU) and Tyrell Goodwin (48 tackles, 17 TFL, 3.5 sacks) are top producers on defense. The win over Pickens put the Falcons at double-digit wins for the third season in a row – a first for any Richland One district team in the modern era (since 1970).

Series history: Flora was a 28-7 winner against the defending state champion Bears in the first round of the 2005 playoffs in the only previous meetings of the teams.

Hartsville (11-0) vs. Swansea (10-1)

Site:Kelleytown Stadium.

Game notes: Though Swansea has just one loss and is ranked No. 7 in lass 3A, the Tigers are heavy underdogs in Friday’s second-round date with undefeated, top-ranked Hartsville which is on a mission to win a state championship in memory of fallen comrade Ronald Rouse who collapsed on the field in a Week 7 game against Crestwood and died after being taken to the hospital. The Red Foxes have not won a state title since 1988 Swansea beat Orangeburg-Wilkinson 17-0 in its playoff opener. Robbie Brown had 75 yards rushing and one touchdown and Travis Loadholt chipped in with 66 yards rushing and one TD. Arthur Myers accounted for the rest of the points on one field goal and two PT kicks Potent Hartsville whipped Southside 54-0 last week. The Red Foxes feature a punishing running game, featuring Trey Samuel, but quarterback Shaquille Rogers can throw it effectively when needed. Rogers had two scoring passes last week, while Samuel closed within 40 yards of the 1,500-yard barrier for the season.

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

Daniel (10-1) vs. Lower Richland (5-6)

Site: Singleton Field.

Game notes: No. 3 Daniel has won 10 in a row since losing to Easley in the first game of the season. QB Jae’lon Oqlesby makes the Lions go offensively. He is 82-for-119 passing for 1,332 yards and 11 touchdowns, and has run for a whopping 2,046 yards and 27 TDs. Tyus Gaines (35-674-6) and Adrien Dunn (35-511-5) are Oglesby’s favorite receivers Lower Richland does appear to have much of a chance this week, but that was also the case in the first round against Blue Ridge – another top 10 team with just one loss on the ledger. The Diamond Hornets stunned the host Fighting Tigers 26-21. It was the first LR postseason win in 17 years. Darryl Page’s underdog team has nothing to lose again, and could get past the second round for the first time since 1991 with another major upset.

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

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