Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers (4-1) have won four in a row in the wake of a season-opening loss to Class 4A Lexington. B-L closed non-region matters with a 14-0 win over Midland Valley last week … The Panthers rolled up 299 yards on the ground on a wet field with Elliott Jeffcoat accounting for 107 yards on 21 carries. Sophomore quarterback K.J. Johnson had a hand in both touchdowns. He finished with 95 yards and one TD on 10 carries and was 2-for-7 passing for 36 yards and one score … Michael Shealy and Jamie Gleaton had eight tackles apiece in the shutout defensive performance … Jeffcoat has done well in his first season at tailback. He has 477 yards rushing and five TDs on 77 carries to go along with six receptions for 154 yards and one score. Johnson is 26-for-50 for 433 yards and six TDs, and also has 194 rushing yards and two TDs on 41 attempts … Dametrius Robinson is the tackle leader with 57, followed by Shealy (41), Taverious Davis (36), Ben Trotter (35) and Tyrelle Leaphart (33). Tavon Waters tops the team with three sacks. Jamal Bryant has two of the Panthers’ four interceptions.
Gilbert notes: The Indians (4-1) are averaging 45.5 points in their four successes to date, but scored just one touchdown in its lone loss to Chapin. Gilbert is off to its best start since 1999 … The Tribe crushed winless Swansea 47-0 last week even though senior Marco Anderson did not play the starring role. Anderson finished with 58 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Quarterback Adam Spires had his best game of the season – connecting on 7 of 8 throws for 154 yards and three scores. Cameron Winchester had four catches for 118 yards and three TDs. In all, Gilbert piled up 451 yards. Cory Rish, the team tackle leader, spent his time on offense, and produced 76 yards rushing on 15 carries. Will Smith topped the hit list on defense with 13 tackles … Anderson has 725 yards rushing and 15 TDs on the books, and is averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Spires has now completed 38 of 75 tosses for 476 yards and five scores. Winchester tops the receivers with 12 catches for 180 yards and three TDs … Rish still leads the way on defense with 49 tackles, five more than Smith. Justin Taylor has three sacks, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Series history: Based on tradition, B-L should be a heavy favorite in the Region 3-2A opener for both teams. After all, the Panthers have won 22 of the previous 23 meetings. But the last two Panthers victories have been by scant one-point margins – 26-25 in last year’s season opener and 28-27 in the first round of the state playoffs in 2006. Gilbert’s lone success was a 21-8 win in 1991. B-L has won 18 straight since that lone stumble vs. the Tribe.
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