Week 0: five midlands football games to watch
08/22/2013 11:18 PM
08/22/2013 11:20 PM
The top games from Week 0 on Friday night:
A.C. FLORA AT WHITE KNOLL, 7:30 P.M.
Talk about an interesting opener. A.C. Flora opens a new era under coach Reggie Shaw after winning 33 games over the past three seasons under Dean Howell. Howell makes his debut at White Knoll, which is coming off a 10-4 season — the best in program history.
Howell’s Falcons scored a 34-20 win against White Knoll in the first meeting of the teams a year ago.
SOUTH POINTE AT IRMO, 7:30 P.M.
South Pointe is an elite program, going 76-21 with two state championships since opening in 2006. The Stallions from Rock Hill are coming off a 12-2 season — the fifth consecutive year with double-digit wins. Irmo has gone 12-13 over the past two seasons.
Series history: South Pointe took a 2-1 series lead with last season’s 17-10 win.
LOWER RICHLAND AT SPRING VALLEY, 7:30 P.M.
Lower Richland came on late in Darryl Page’s first season, and has the look of a dark horse team. Spring Valley enjoyed its first taste of significant success in six years, and has designs on improving more in 2013.
Series history: Friday marks the 44th meeting of the teams. Spring Valley ruined Page’s LR debut with a 27-6 win last season to up its series lead to 33-10.
CALHOUN COUNTY AT SWANSEA, 7:30 P.M.
Longtime Midlands coach Bill Kimrey returns as a head coach with the Saints from St. Matthews — a program featuring blue-chip talent that produced 77 wins over eight seasons before the bottom fell out a year ago (1-10). Swansea is 24-11 since Chad Leaphart took over in 2010, and is 19-5 over the past two seasons.
Series history: Swansea, a 38-13 winner last season, won 12 of the first 13 meetings and leads the series by an 18-9 margin.
C.A. JOHNSON AT BROOKLAND-CAYCE, 7:30 P.M.
Here are two teams looking for a fresh start after combining for a 3-18 record in 2012. CAJ hopes to put its new emphasis on the running game. Brookland-Cayce hopes to keep its key players healthy, most importantly quarterback Zeke Walker.
Series history: B-C was a 48-12 winner in the first meeting of the teams last year.
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