Newberry (5-1) at Fairfield Central (5-1)
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LAST MEETING: 2014, Newberry 16-3
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LAST GAME: Newberry def. Keenan 28-7; Fairfield Central def. Columbia 47-8
PLAYERS TO WATCH – N: QB Yafari Werts, RB Amir Abrams.
NOTES: Fairfield Central has won four of last six in the series. … Teams are both ranked in latest S.C. Prep Writers High School Football poll with Newberry tied for second and Fairfield ninth. … Newberry’s Yafari Werts and Demarcus Gilmore were selected to the Shrine Bowl this week.
Lexington (5-1) at North Augusta (5-1)
LAST MEETING: 2014, North Augusta 21-7
LAST GAME: Lexington def. Lugoff-Elgin 41-6; North Augusta def. Ridge View 24-18
PLAYERS TO WATCH – L: RB Slade Carroll, WR Jayson Hopper; NA: LB Rashad Byrd, QB Landon Washington
NOTES: Region 5-4A opener for both teams. … Lexington and NA two of four teams in region with 5-1 records. … Lexington defensive back Nick Graves and receiver Jayson Hopper were picked for the Shrine Bowl this week. … Lexington is averaging 376 yards a game on offense. … Wildcats defense has 17 sacks this season.
Irmo (1-5) at White Knoll (5-1)
LAST MEETING: 2014, White Knoll 32-26
LAST GAME: Irmo lost to Dutch Fork 35-0; White Knoll def. Spring Valley 28-21 (OT)
PLAYERS TO WATCH – I: QB Mason Smith, RB Jeffrey Tharpe WK: RB Maurice Jones, QB Calev Grubbs
NOTES: Timberwolves have won five straight games. … White Knoll running back Maurice Jones is averaging 137.3 yards a game and has rushed for 100 yards or more in all six games this season. … Irmo QB Mason Smith needs 108 yards to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Blythewood (5-1) at Spring Valley (3-3)
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LAST MEETING: 2014, Blythewood 15-12
LAST GAME: Blythewood def. South Florence 38-34; Spring Valley lost to White Knoll 28-21 in OT
PLAYERS TO WATCH – B: QB David Israel, LB Micah Byrd; SV: RB Ty’Juan Fulton, Kenan Reed
NOTES: Region 4-4A opener for both teams. … Spring Valley has lost three straight after 3-0 start. … Blythewood leads all-time series 6-1. … The Bengals have outscored their opponents 196-125 despite being outgained by 42 yards per contest. … Kenan Reed leads Spring Valley with 85 tackles. … Vikings have three players who have rushed for at least 345 yards on season.
Dutch Fork (4-2) at Ridge View (3-3)
LAST MEETING: 2014, Dutch Fork 41-7
LAST GAME: Dutch Fork defeated Irmo 35-0; Ridge View lost to North Augusta, 24-18
PLAYERS TO WATCH – DF: QB Cole Douglas, DB/WR Bobby Irby; RV: Alli Kelley, DE Damani Staley
NOTES: Dutch Fork has won four straight games. … Dutch Fork QB Cole Douglas has eight rushing TDs over the last three games. … Ridge View’s Damani Staley and DF’s Rory Gallman are 1-2 in sacks in the Midlands. Staley leads with 13, while Gallman has eight. … Dutch Fork is averaging 415.8 yards a game on offense.