High School Sports

Football: Whitmire at Gilbert

Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Whitmire notes: Whitmire has the smallest enrollment among High School League football schools with just 143 students. But that rather significant handicap has not kept the Wolverines from being a very competitive team. Last year, in fact, Whitmire went 10-2, won the Region 2-1A title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1A Division II state playoffs … The Wolverines got off to a slow start, losing big to Ninety Six (49-7) and Mid-Carolina (36-0) in the first two games of the season while gaining just 91 yards combined in the two outings. Two weeks ago, Whitmire (1-2) got on the winning track with a 36-3 win over Wagener-Salley. Marcus Lindsay has 157 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns, but the star was Jarrell Ruff-Smalls, who ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns on offense and had two of Whitmire’s five interceptions on defense. He also recovered a fumble for to finish with three takeaways … The Wolverines had a bye last week.

Gilbert notes: The Indians (2-1) suffered a rude awakening last week at Chapin in a 27-7 loss to the host Eagles. Gilbert, simply put, was manhandled by Chapin, which finished with 460 yards on offense, 291 coming on the ground. The Eagles averaged 7.1 yards on their 41 carries … Marco Anderson has held under 100 yards for the first time this season. The senior star finished with 91 yards on 19 carries and did not find the end zone for the first time this season … Anderson has accounted for 499 of Gilbert’s 568 rushing yards and eight of the Indians’ 11 scoring runs this season … Quarterback Adam Spires is 26-for-61 passing for 254 yards and two scores. Dylan Skinner and Cameron Winchester share the team receiving lead with seven catches apiece … Cory Rish has been the Tribe’s leader on defense with 43 tackles and one interception.

Series history: The series is knotted at 2-2, but Friday marks the first time the teams have played since 1987. Whitmire was the winner in the first two games in the late 1970s; Gilbert prevailed 12-0 in 1986 and 16-0 in 1987.