Lexington (2-0) vs. Spring Valley (2-0)
Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Spring Valley is off to a 2-0 start for the third year in a row. The Vikings whipped Clover 49-14 last week after building a 42-8 lead by halftime. RB John Miller ran for 124 yards and scored four touchdowns on just seven carries. The senior star had scored four times in each of the first two games. QB Chris Adams did not attempt a pass, but he ran for 88 yards and one TD on eight totes. The defense limited the Blue Eagles to 170 yards with Josh Harlan (16 tackles), Jordan Williams (14 tackles, 1 TFL), Donovan Parker and Christian Millers (12 tackles apiece) leading the way. Ryan Lee got the special teams into the spotlight with a kickoff return touchdown Lexington is fresh from a come-from-behind 30-27 win at Blythewood. QB Will Hunter was 21-for-33 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Hunter capped a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive with a 28-yard scoring pass to Keelo Norris with 19 seconds remaining for the game-winning points. The Wildcats pulled off the decisive drive in 80 seconds after the Bengals scored a go-ahead touchdown at 1:39 of the fourth quarter. Slade Carroll and Grays Chumley combined for 161 yards rushing (and one TD by Chumley) to provide balance to the attack. Chumley led the way on defense with 12 tackles. Norris finished with six catches for 67 yards and Brentle Allen hauled in six passes for 102 yards and one TD.
Series history: Spring Valley and Lexington are squaring off for the 23rd consecutive season. Overall, SV enjoys a 20-13-1 lead in the series that began in 1978.
Westwood (1-1) vs. Blythewood (0-2)
Site: Westwood District 2 Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Westwood scored its first-ever win over a Richland District 2 foe (and made it to .500 for the first time) in a 21-13 win over Richland Northeast. It was a special win for Redhawks coach Rodney Summers and quarterback Chris Patterson. Summers was an assistant coach at RNE for 17 seasons prior to being hired as Westwood’s first coach. Patterson ran for 99 yards and threw a scoring pass to Vyncint Smith to post his first win as a varsity quarterback. Patterson was a junior varsity quarterback at RNE for two years, and missed all of his junior season at Westwood with an injury Blythewood could not make a 27-24 lead hold up in the final 1:39 of the game in last week’s bitter 30-27 loss to Lexington. Lynard Jamison had a huge game for the Bengals with three touchdown runs in addition to seven receptions for 75 yards. QB Javon Smith was 12-for-19 passing for 115 yards and one TD and led the team in rushing with 78 yards on 13 carries. On defense, Terrel Vaughn was outstanding with 14 tackles, 5 FL and 1 sack.
Series history: Blythewood blew out the Redhawks 57-0 in the first meeting of the teams last season.
Brookland-Cayce (3-0) vs. Chapin (1-1)
Site: The Cage. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: B-C rallied to win for the second week in a row, this time pulling out a 44-37 decision against Batesburg-Leesville thanks to a 26-yard scoring pass from Zeke Walker to DeJon Amaker with 23 seconds remaining. Walker was 12-for-18 passing for 241 yards and two TD passes and also had one scoring run. The senior quarterback has 378 passing yards and five TD passes on the books. WR Bernard McCall also had a big game for the Bearcats – catching five passes for 145 yards and one TD and also chipping in one scoring run. B-C is off to its best start since 2004 Chapin stunned 10th-ranked Swansea 40-21 last week behind the play of senior quarterback Matt Charpia, who was 14-for-19 passing for 342 yards and one touchdown and scored by land on his only running attempt. Charpia, a cousin of B-C coach Rusty Charpia, is the top passer in the Midlands to date. He is 41-for-59 for 624 yards and five TDS with one interception. Carter White (5-159-1) and Alex Young (3-126-2) were the go-to receivers. Nate Blakenship had 12 tackles and one fumble recovery on defense.
Series history: Chapin has won four in a row to take a 7-4 series lead. The two long-established Midlands schools did not square off in football until 2000.
Richland NE (0-2) vs. Lower Richland (1-2)
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: RNE continued to struggle offensively in a 21-13 loss to Westwood. The Cavaliers managed just 141 yards on the attack, 74 of which came on a scoring pass from Simeon Kelly to B.J. Dickerson. Jaquari Blunt has 106 yards rushing and one touchdown on 29 carries this season. William Black’s pick six kept the Cavaliers in the hunt against Westwood. T.J. Brunson leads the team with 17 tackles and is averaging 36 yards per punt on 14 attempts so far LR dropped a 14-2 decision to unbeaten Orangeburg-Wilkinson last week. The Diamond Hornets have managed only one touchdown and 10 points in its two losses.
Series history: Thanks to a forfeit last season, RNE officially was able to extend its series winning streak to 12 straight. The Cavaliers have won 17 of the last 18 meetings with LR and opened with 12 wins in the first 13 games. The Diamond Hornets’ only run of success came with five straight wins between 1988 and 1992.
Eau Claire (0-2) vs. Dreher (2-0)
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Eau Claire is coming off a bye week ... Dreher is fresh from a 41-7 rout of Columbia. QB Avery Armstrong had another solid game. The promising sophomore was 13-for-20 passing for 93 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 84 yards and one score on 10 totes. RB Donovan Ward darted for 105 yards and two TDs on 21 carries. WR Bradford Lemmons caught seven passes for 45 yards and two TDs. Jason Carter had a good showing on defense with 13 total tackles, eight of them solos and two TFL.
Series history: Dreher has dominated the series of late, winning two in a row and 12 of the last 14. The Blue Devils enjoy an 18-10 edge over the Shamrocks since 1970.
Pelion (1-2) vs. C.A. Johnson (1-2)
Site: Pelion Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Pelion rallied from a 14-point deficit last week to pull off its first win of the season against Wagener-Salley. The Panthers trailed the host War Eagles 27-13 entering the fourth quarter. The stirring Panthers comeback featured a 32-yard scoring pass from Zach Hawkins to Qunicy Kershar, a 28-yard scoring run by Isaiah Jenkins and a game-winning 26-yard field goal by Sidney Sampson with 21 seconds remaining. Jenkins finished with 141 yards rushing, while Hawkins had 66 yards rushing and two TD runs and 102 yards passing. Ervin Green’s interception set up one Pelion score in the fourth quarter C.A. Johnson is coming off a 35-6 loss to Keenan.
Series history: Pelion has taken eight in a row against the Green Hornets and has a commanding 10-1 series lead since the first meeting of the teams in 2000.