High School Sports

Football: Airport at Midland Valley

Site: L.L. Willis Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Airport notes: The defending region champion Eagles concluded non-region testing with a 4-1 record for the second year in a row. Airport, in the middle of a three-game road trip, responded to a home loss to Lower Richland by dumping Battery Creek 30-6 last week in a strange game in Beaufort. Both teams had three touchdowns negated by penalties … W.T. Murden completed only four passes for 70 yards, but three of the connections were for touchdowns - one with Josh Sally for a 42-yard score. The bulk of Ryan Smith’s 87 rushing yards came in the second half when the Eagles finally established command. Griffin Sims kicked his fifth field goal of the season in six tries. Linebacker Rashaad Hampton led the way on defense with 10 tackles … For the season, Murden has hit on 48 of 105 passes for 606 yards and nine scores, while running for 364 yards and two TDs on 70 attempts. Smith leads the team in rushing with 392 yards and three scores on 70 totes. Derek Cushman has 15 catches for 207 yards and two TDs to enjoy a slight lead in the receiving department over Sting Williams, who has 14 receptions for 178 yards and three tallies … Hampton has a team high 53 tackles in four games, while Miquel Cokley has 49 tackles and a team high three sacks. L.A. Brown has three interceptions, while Corey Oswell and Sean Johnson have two picks apiece.

Midland Valley notes: The Mustangs (2-3) have struggled offensively this season, scoring a grand total of two touchdowns in their three losses and amassing 55 of their 86 points to date in a 55-0 romp over Class 1A Fox Creek … Getting the ball in the hands of explosive senior Jesse Scott a little more might be a good idea. Scott, a proven big-play man in two previous varsity seasons, has 17 catches for 168 yards and 18 carries for 106 yards and three touchdowns … Quarterback Cameron Epting has been the focus of the attack so far with a team high 206 yards rushing and three TDs, while going 40-for-71 passing for 371 yards and one score.

Series history: Airport boasts a 16-5 lead in the series, including a 4-1 mark since dropping down to Class 3A in 2004. Every game in the series had been a region outing – at the 4A and 3A levels – except for a state playoff bout won by Airport in 1985. This will be the fifth year in a row that Airport and MV have met in a region opener.

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