High School Sports

Football: Midland Valley at Batesburg-Leesville

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

Midland Valley notes: The Mustangs (2-2) dropped a tough 9-7 contest to Silver Bluff last week … MV’s big offensive guns are receiver/return man Jesse Scott and quarterback Cameron Epting. Scott has 13 catches for 131 yards, but has had trouble finding the end zone this season. Epting is 31-for-53 passing for 301 yards and one touchdown. Cordes Pressley has emerged as the top running threat with 204 yards and one TD on 41 carries.

Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers (3-1) held on for a 19-12 win over vastly improved Keenan last week … The difference last week was a 30-yard interception return touchdown by linebacker Dametrius Robinson that staked B-L to a 19-6 lead in the second quarter … Elliott Jeffcoat had 105 yards rushing and one TD on 21 carries. Quarterback K.J. Johnson was 5-for-9 passing for 81 yards and one touchdown. Chris Lewis had three catches for 47 yards and one score … In addition to his decisive pick and roll, Robinson had 12 tackles vs. the Raiders, but he had plenty of defensive aide from Taverious Davis (11 tackles), Jamal Bryant (10), Daquail Mack (10) and Michael Shealy (10) … Jeffcoat has run for 370 yards and five scores to date. Johnson had hit on 24 of 43 passes for 397 yards and five TDs. Lewis and Jeffcoat share the scoring lead with six catches apiece. Lewis’s yield is 84 yards and one score; Jeffcoat has 154 yards and one TD … Robinson’s 51 tackles leads the team by a wide margin over Shealy (33) and Davis (32).

Series history: B-L is 4-0 against the Mustangs with three straight blowouts wins after a 20-19 escape in the first-ever meeting in 2004. If you factor in the Panthers games against old Langley-Bath-Clearwater High (one of the schools that was part of the consolidation that created MV in 1980), the B-L domination is even more apparent. Since 1968, the Panthers are 12-1-1 vs. MV/L-B-C.

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