High School Sports

November 8, 2012

This week in Class 2A football Nov. 9

Columbia and Keenan are the only Midlands teams still standings, and both are second-round underdogs.

Columbia (4-6) vs. Newberry (8-3)

Site: Bolden Stadium.

Game notes: Columbia won just four games during the regular season, but still rated a top seed and a first-round bye in Division I Newberry blasted Indian Land 41-21 last week to advance. Tysheen Nance paced the Bulldogs with 101 yards rushing and three touchdown runs on just nine carries.

Series history: Newberry is 4-0 against Columbia in regular-season games, but the Bulldogs are 2-0 in postseason matters. Newberry eliminated Columbia from the playoffs in back-to-back seasons (2005-06).

Central (8-2) vs. Keenan (7-4)

Site: Central Stadium, Pageland.

Game notes: The beat went on in Pageland, despite a heavy graduation hit and the arrival of Craig Hatcher as the new head coach. The Eagles, which drew a first-round bye, expect to earn another Division II title shot in a few weeks. Last year Central fell to Bishop England in the first year of a two-division alignment in 2A. Prior to that, Central played in three straight 2A title games against Dillon, winning the program’s fourth championship in 2010 Keenan opened the Division I playoffs with a 28-6 win over Eau Claire. The Raiders have made it past the second round only one time in school history – in 1992 under coach Buddy Pough.

Series history: Central is 2-0 against the Raiders when the schools were region rivals (2008-09). This is the first playoff meeting of the teams.

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