Midlands High School Sports

Gilbert, River Bluff roll; Lugoff-Elgin breaks winless streak

Midlands football players share their go-to pregame rituals

Midlands high school football players talk about their pregame rituals as a team and individually.
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Midlands high school football players talk about their pregame rituals as a team and individually.

After going winless in 2018, Lugoff-Elgin got its season off on the right foot Friday night.

Scotty Dean’s touchdown run gave Lugoff-Elgin the lead as the Demons defeated Westwood 12-8.

It was LE’s first win since a 38-21 first-round playoff victory over Dreher in 2017.

Eli McGee led L-E with 105 yards rushing. The Demons defense kept the Redhawks in check for most of the game. Westwood’s only score came on Cam Atkins’ interception return for a touchdown.

Gilbert 62, Gray Collegiate 47

The Indians had their highest-scoring output since 2013 in the win over the War Eagles.

The game was finished Saturday after bad weather suspended Friday’s action in the third quarter.

Gilbert led 34-32 at the time of the stoppage but poured it on in the second half.

Quarterback Jy Tolen threw for four touchdowns and ran for another. Dre Cook and Ty Walker also had two touchdowns for the Indians.

Tolen was 23-of-30 for 358 yards in the air. Walker rushed for 143 yads and Cook 102. Dre Harris caught seven passes for 156 yards and two scores. Matt Reed also had two TD receptions. As a team, Gilbert gained 670 yards.

Gray Collegiate running back KZ Adams had five touchdowns in the loss. Adams ran for 148 yards and had 108 receiving. Hunter Helms threw for 407 yards, and Omarion Dollison had three TDs.

Lexington 21, Irmo 6

Ahmad Bynem-Scott rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown as Lexington defeated Irmo and spoiled the debut of new Irmo coach Aaron Brand.

The game was finished Saturday after bad weather suspended play Friday in the fourth quarter.

Lexington led 14-6 when the game was stopped but made it 21-6 after Levi Gulasa returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown.

Saluda 22, Strom Thurmond 21

Noah Bell’s two-point conversion pass to Jervon Whitt on the final play gave the Tigers a thrilling win over the Rebels.

The game was finished Saturday after bad weather suspended play Friday.

Saluda trailed 21-14 but went 73 yards in final 29 seconds. Bell hit Dallan Wright on a 25-yard pass as time expired to get Saluda within 21-20. The Tigers went for two and it paid off as Bell hit Whitt for the game-winner.

Bell finished with 197 yards passing and 66 rushing with three total TDs. Wright had eight catches for 110 yards and two scores.

White Knoll 27, Brookland-Cayce 13

Aveon Smith threw for a TD and ran for one in the Timberwolves’ win.

The game was finished Saturday after bad weather suspended play Friday.

Smith finished with 168 yards of offense. Darius Derrick-Jones had six catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns for WK.

Brookland-Cayce running back Will Way rushed for 84 yards and caught six passes for 107 yards and a score. QB Malachi Brown threw for 172 yards and a TD.

River Bluff 43, Fort Mill 3

River Bluff started the season with an impressive road win in a game delayed by almost two hours because of the weather.

Backup quarterback Jackson Stone threw for two scores and ran for one. Stone replaced Michael Rikard, who left the game with an ankle injury and didn’t return.

Stone finished with 117 yards passing. Riley Myers led the Gators with 90 yards rushing and a TD.

Braden Walker had a TD run, and Preston Sansone returned an interception for touchdown.

Camden 64, North Central 21

Willis Lane ran for 221 yards and five touchdowns for Camden.

Quarterback Jaffari Pearson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Matt Cassidy picked off two passes for the Bulldogs.

AC Flora 37, Beaufort 21

Dustin Curtis won his first game as new Flora coach with a win over the Eagles.

Matt Pack rushed for 126 yards and a TD, and Wise Segars threw for 106 yards in the win.

AC Flora led 24-14 in the fourth quarter and added Terrell Coleman’s six-yard TD run to make it 30-14.

Cardinal Newman 42, John Paul II 6

Shanye Monsanto ran for three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ season-opening win.

The game was called with 3:16 remaining in third quarter.

Monsanto finished with 75 yards rushing. Quarterback Jake Cowan was 4-of-6 for 128 yards and two scores and also had three rushes for 76 yards.

Ben Lippen 41, Pinewood Prep 6

Quarterback Will Taylor had 208 yards of offense, including 131 on the ground, and three scores for the Falcons in the win.

Jeremiah Ullah added 116 yards rushing on eight carries and two touchdowns for BL.

Lower Richland 41, Swansea 39

Lower Richland broke a tie in the fourth quarter for a season-opening win in a high-scoring game.

Jeremy Barney had the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter for the Diamond Hornets and rushed for 207 yards. Quarterback Jamison Ganzy threw for 166 yards, rushed for 145 with three touchdowns.

The teams combined for more than 800 yards of offense.

Robert E Lee 26, Heathwood Hall 20

Quarterback Alex Lewis and running back Ronnie Porter each rushed for 100 yards in the loss for Heathwood.

Lewis had 113 yards and a TD, and Porter added 100 yards and two scores.

Rondarius Porter led HH’s defense with 15 tackles and six sacks.


Great Falls 39, CA Johnson 38 (2 OT)

Demondre Anderson was stopped on a two-point attempt in overtime as Great Falls won its opener for new coach Tom Butler.

CAJ trailed 26-13 in the fourth quarter but scored twice to tie it, the second by Leroy McKenzie. Anderson had 122 of CAJ’s 274 yards rushing in the game.

Keenan 37, Columbia 12

Keenan rushed for 332 yards in the win. Five players rushed for at least 50 yards, led by LaRonnie Davis’ 70. Javon Robinson added 53 yards, and Lewis Alston had 43 and a score.

Airport 41, Dreher 7

The Eagles rushed for 429 yards in the season-opening win.

Bruce Staley, Nanders Lawrence and Marco Gilmore each ran for two touchdowns. Staley finished with 219 yards in his first game in more than a year after suffering an ACL injury.

Lawrence added 139 yards on nine carries.