Keenan vs. Lakewood
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Keenan handed first-year coach Quin McCollum his first win at the Raiders helm at Benedict College last week – a 27-12 decision against Eau Claire. Lakewood opens the season in the wake of a 1-9 showing in Perry Parks’ first season in command. Former Lexington, Chapin and Myrtle Beach head coach Scott Earley is on the Lakewood staff as an assistant. The Gators’ lone success last year came at the expense of Keenan.
Series history: Lakewood scored a 48-14 win last season in the first meeting of the teams in 11 years. The Gators from Sumter have won two of three games against the Raiders.
Calhoun County vs. Columbia
Site: Calhoun County Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Columbia suffered a 27-14 loss to Wilson last weekend in a game that took two days to complete. The game at Florence Memorial Stadium was suspended late in the second quarter because of lightning and rain. The teams resumed the contest on Saturday. The Capitals trailed 13-0 at the time, but rallied to take a 14-13 lead before Wilson tallied two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put it away. Columbia had defensive issues – surrendering more than 450 yards. QB William Gossett had 123 yards passing and 50 rushing for the Capitals. Gossett connected with Paris Jackson on a 77-yard scoring pass and a two-point PAT and had the other Columbia TD on a short run Calhoun County took a 42-0 hit last week at Swansea in Bill Kimrey’s returning to coaching.
Series history: Columbia posted a 34-0 win over the Saints last season as the series resumed for the first time in 11 years. The decision allowed the Capitals to take a 6-5 series lead.
Lugoff-Elgin vs. Fort Mill
Site: Lugoff-Elgin Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lugoff-Elgin enters the new season mired in a 17-game losing streak – the fourth longest active slump in the state. Shom Belton makes his debut as a running back/receiver after two seasons as the Demons starting quarterback Fort Mill is coming off a 7-5, playoff-qualifying season.
Series history: Fort Mill has won the last nine outings against the Demons and has a commanding 12-3 series lead. L-E’s last win against the Yellow Jackets was in 1989.
South Pointe vs. Blythewood
Site: South Pointe Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: South Pointe opened the season with a 21-17 win over Irmo. Blythewood opens its eighth varsity season under new coach Dan Morgan – the program’s fifth head coach. The Bengals are 4-3 in season openers.
Series history: South Pointe is 3-0 in the series after dismissing the Bengals 39-16 a year ago.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt vs. Lower Richland
Site: Leon Maxwell Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Both teams are coming off opening-game losses. Lower Richland took a 48-8 hit against Spring Valley, while the Bamberg-Ehrhardt suffered a 34-7 setback against Orangeburg-Wilkinson. The loss ended a run of 10th straight season-opening wins for the Red Raiders Both teams had quarterback issues last week. With starter Sumnedr Cooler on the shelf with a shoulder injury, three Red Raider replacements combined for two completions and 14 yards in gains. Marcus Gilmore and Howard Henderson went a combined 10-for-21 for 90 yards and three interceptions for LR One highlight for the Diamond Hornets was the play of junior defensive end Rayson Thomas.
Series history: The 2A Red Raiders prevailed 26-14 in the first football meeting of the schools.
Camden vs. West Florence
Site: Zemp Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Camden opened with a 15-13 win over Cheraw last week at Zemp Stadium despite managing just 158 total yards on offense and having four turnovers. The good news was a strong defensive performance assured the Bulldogs of their first season-opening win in three years. Camden limited Cheraw to a meager 124 yards, including just 28 on the ground. RB Brandon Hampton had 89 yards rushing and one touchdown on 17 carries. QB Denzel Martin threw for 50 yards, one touchdown and one PAT. Delton Bradford, Omar Wingo and Jordan Sumpter all picked off one Cheraw pass West Florence is coming off a strong, 10-3 season. It was the first double-digit win year for the Knights since 2003.
Series history: West Florence has won two in a row, including a 36-13 triumph last season, but the Bulldogs still hold a slight 9-8 series edge.