A look at this week’s top games in the Midlands and picking the winners:
A.C. Flora (0-1) at Lexington (1-0)
Players to Watch: ACF: QB Josh Heatly, WR Raborn Dismuke; L: RB Jordan Hiller, LB David Cromer
Notes: Lexington won, 20-17, last year on last second field goal. … The Falcons had 465 yards of offense last week in a 53-45 loss to Woodruff. … Both Lexington and A.C. Flora rushed for more than 300 yards in their opener.
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Airport (0-0) at Brookland-Cayce (1-0)
Players to Watch: A: P/K Paxton Brooks, OL Collyn Richardson; B-C: QB Reed Charpia, RB Rasheed Taylor
Notes: Series dates to 1966. … Brookland-Cayce has won four of past seven, including 47-43 last season. … The Bearcats held Lake Marion to 142 yards of offense last week. Game is season opener for Airport. … Airport’s Paxton Brooks is a Tennessee commit.
Batesburg-Leesville (1-0) at Gilbert (1-0)
Players to Watch: BL: QB Bishop Cannon, RB Tay Wilson; G: QB Josh Strickland, RB DeAndre Cook
Notes: Gilbert defeated Batesburg-Leesville last season, 32-24, for just the fourth win in 31 games against the Panthers. … B-L defense came up with five turnovers last week against Ridge Spring-Monetta.
Mid-Carolina (0-0) at Chapin (1-0)
Players to Watch: MC: Cade Ruff; C: QB Roger Perdoni, OL Hank Manos
Notes: Battle for the Bell game. Winner gets a bell, which used to be used at a train stop that used to connect the towns of Chapin and Prosperity. … Chapin has won five of past six, including last year’s thriller, 35-32. … Seven members of this year’s Chapin Hall of Fame class will be honored at halftime.
Ridge View (0-1) at Blythewood (1-0)
Players to Watch: RV: DL Damion Daley, LB Terry Carson; B: QB Quinton Patten
Notes: Ridge View snapped a 12-game losing streak to Blythewood with a 23-21 win last year on Nick Lawyer’s field goal as time expired. ... Ridge View has never won two consecutive games against Blythewood. … Blythewood was 4-of-4 on fourth down conversions last week against Rock Hill. … Blythewood QB Quinton Patten had five TDs last week.
Pick: Ridge View
South Aiken (1-0) at White Knoll (1-0)
Players to Watch: SA: RB Chris Roberts, QB Cody Boynton; WK: RB Albert Hope, Timothy Jamison
Notes: White Knoll has won four of past seven in series but lost last year, 28-14. … White Knoll held Aiken to minus-8 yards rushing last week. … SA’s Chris Roberts rushed for 161 yards and three TDs against Silver Bluff last week.
Pick: South Aiken
(Picks in bold face caps)
DREHER at Columbia
Eau Claire at LEE CENTRAL
Gray Collegiate at CALHOUN COUNTY
Heathwood Hall at BEN LIPPEN
IRMO at J.L. Mann
Keenan at FAIRFIELD CENTRAL
Lower Richland at SPRING VALLEY
LUGOFF-ELGIN at River Bluff
Ninety Six at NEWBERRY
North Central at CAMDEN
Orangeburg Prep at CARDINAL NEWMAN
RICHLAND NORTHEAST at Swansea
SALUDA at Ridge Spring-Monetta
WAGENER-SALLEY at Pelion
Westwood at WESTSIDE
Last Week: 22-4
Season Total: 22-4