High School Sports

September 25, 2013

This week's all-Midlands football games

Gilbert at Batesburg-Leesville is perhaps the most attractive area pairing of the week.

Westwood (1-3) vs. Ridge View (2-2)

Site: Westwood District 2 Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Ridge View erupted for 28 first-quarter points last week, but ended up losing 31-28 to visiting Nation Ford. RB Walter Napper ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns. QB Terrell Fetterson passes for 163 yards and one D and ran for 51 yards and one score, but was intercepted three times. Daryl Shamlee was the Blazers player of the game with 18 tackles, two pass deflections and one interception on defense and a 68-yard kickoff return on special teams. Keito Jordan had six tackles, four tFL and three sacks on the defensive front. Linebacker Raheem Miller rang up nine tackles and had one interception Westwood couldn’t slow down Spring Valley’s running game in a 24-14 loss to the unbeaten Vikings. The Redhawks allowed 464 yards on the ground and an average of 7.1 yards per carry. Christian Brown led Westwood on offense with 99 yards rushing and two touchdown runs on 17 carries.

Series history: Ridge View was a 32-0 winner in the first meeting of the district rivals last season.

Lugoff-Elgin (0-4) vs. White Knoll (4-0)

Site: L-E Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: White Knoll is coming off a bye week. So far, so good for the Timberwolves under new coach Dean Howell. The I-formation attack Howell employed with much success at A.C. Flora has been a hit in Lexington County, as well. WK is averaging 319.8 yards rushing and 132.8 yards passing. RB Quinn Jones, one of the few returning starters Howell inherited on offense, leads the way with 545 yards and five touchdowns on 70 carries. New quarterback Craig Blakey is 25-for-42 for 531 yards and five TDs, and has run for 145 yards and four scores. Sophomore Calev Grubbs has emerged as a big-play man at receiver with 14 catches for 303 yards and four TDs. Jordan LeMay (42 tackles, 6 TFL), Caleb Brian (37 tackles, 4 TFL), Chandler Stamina (24 tackles, 2 interceptions) and Jermaine Abney (16 tackles, 2 TFL, 4 sacks) are among the leaders on defense Lugoff-Elgin dropped its 21st consecutive game last week – 35-7 to archrival Camden. QB Shon Belton provided a few highlights for the long-suffering Demons, running for 114 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.

Series history: White Knoll’s 35-7 win a year ago cut Lugoff-Elgin’s series lead to 4-3.

A.C. Flora (1-3) vs. Airport (1-3)

Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Flora thumped Columbia 40-14 to present Reggie Shaw with his first win as Falcons coach. QB Brendan Greene was 5-for-7 passing for 90 yards and three touchdowns. Aven Pollard had a game high 115 yards rushing on 11 carries and backfield mate JuWan Simon added 68 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns. Denzell Johnson, Lowdnes Pope and Pollard hauled in Greene scoring passes. On defense, Dillon Smith had six tackles and caused two fumbles and Tyrell Goodwin had four tackles, three TFL, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one PBU Airport dropped a 24-17 decision at Lower Richland last week. RB Cory Bradley had 107 yards rushing on 14 carries. QB Josh Tucker threw scoring passes to Abdul Kamara and Roosevelt Jenkins. Rodney Smith had two sacks on defense and Zach Feaster picked off one Diamond Hornets pass.

Series history: Flora has won two in a row, including a 63-36 shootout last season, to assume a 4-3 series lead over the Eagles.

C.A. Johnson (2-3) vs. Dreher (3-1)

Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: CAJ is coming off a 48-41 win over Ben Lippen – the first Green Hornets triumph in four tries against the SCISA Falcons. Senior Mike Knox had a brilliant game for CAJ. On offense, he was 19-for-39 passing for 368 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 191 yards, two touchdowns and two two-point conversions. N defense, he was credited with eight tackles, two TFL, two PBUs and one fumble recovery. He also netted 71 yards on two punts. Fellow senior Peter Goodman was nearly as good. He caught five passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and had six tackles, two TFL and one PBU on defense Dreher is coming off its first loss of the season against Brookland-Cayce. The Blue Devils lost four fumbles in the 21-14 setback and managed just 183 yards on offense. The only consistent produced was sophomore quarterback Avery Armstrong, who ran for 88 yards and one TD on 18 carries. Willie Reed accounted for the other Dreher tally on a 21-yard interception return.

Series history: Dreher has won four in a row and eight of the last nine encounters with the Green Hornets to up its series lead to 26-11.

Batesburg-Leesville (2-2) vs. Gilbert (3-1)

Site: Panthers Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Gilbert is coming off a wild, 62-44, win over neighboring rival Pelion and is off to its best start since 2009. RB Jakayus Leaphart was the headliner with 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 13 carries. To date the junior has run for 500 yards and six TDs and is averaging 9.6 yards per carry. QB Mitch Spires accounted for the first four touchdowns that staked the Indians to a 28-0 lead – three by land and one by air. He is 46-for-84 passing for 622 yards and four scores as well as running for 315 yards and 10 TDs. Raymond Padgett (15-288-2) is the Tribe’s big-play receiver, averaging 19.2 yards per catch. Gilbert’s defensive leaders include Gabe McNatt (50, tackles, 2 TFL, 1 interception), Garnett Cason (47 tackles), Thomas Miller (35 tackles, 2 interceptions) and Nick Hendrix (21 tackles, 3 interceptions) Rickey Smith had two touchdown runs, including a game-winning 15-yarder with 1:20 remaining in the game to give Batesburg-Leesville a big 27-24 road win at Swansea. Terrance Wilson had the Panthers two other scoring runs.

Series history: B-L has dominated the series, winning 24 of the 27 outings to date, including a 24-21 decision last season.

Chapin (1-3) vs. Mid-Carolina (0-4)

Site: Cecil Woolbright Field. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Game notes: Chapin lost big for the second week in a row to an undefeated foe. This time it was a 35-7 setback against Class 2A No. 3 Newberry. The Eagles are allowing and average of 32.5 points a game so far. QB Matt Charpia three for 175 yards in the game, but was picked off twice. The three-year starter has been picked off five times in the last two games Mid-Carolina has faced a rugged non-region schedule. The Rebels four losses have come against teams with a combined 15-1 record through last week.

Series history: Chapin enjoys a comfortable 31-13 series edge, but neighboring Mid-Carolina has won two of the last three contests including a 24-21 triumph last season.

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