High School Sports

Football: O-W at Lexington

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

Orangeburg-Wilkinson notes: The Bruins (5-1, 1-1) bounced back from a loss to Lexington to even their Region 5-4A record with a 30-15 road win over Dutch Fork last week … As usual, it was the Jayson Leverette show for O-W, but with a different twist this time. The senior quarterback, who entered the game with 1202 yards passing, threw for a season-low 45 yards while hitting on just 4 of 11 tosses. No problem. Leverett simply took the overland route while leading the Bruins to victory. He finished with 132 yards and one touchdown on 25 totes … For the season, Leverette is 80-for-139 passing for 1247 yards and 13 TDs with just four interceptions, and has 405 rushing yards and four scores on 65 carries.

Lexington notes: The Wildcats (5-1, 2-0) escaped with a dramatic 28-27 Region 5-4A win over Richland Northeast at Harry Parone Stadium when Xavier Salley zoomed in to block a Cavaliers PAT kick with 1:40 left in regulation … Lexington piled up 284 yards on the ground with Anthony Carden’s 124-yard effort leading the way. Carden’s lone scoring run was a 14-yard jaunt at 7:42 of the fourth quarter that helped stake the Cats to a 28-21 lead. Quarterback Trad Hunter had one TD run and Dexter Wells, who gained 101 yards on 15 totes, ran for two TDs … Bradley Moore was the defensive leader vs. RNE with 11 tackles, including nine of the unassisted variety … To date, Lexington’s punishing ground game has produced 1368 yards and a 7.43 per-carry average. Carden has 826 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the books. Hunter has more rushing yards than passing – 397. Wells has 282 yards and four scores on 61 attempts … Matt Bowman has the team tackles lead with 35.

Series history: O-W dominated the series at the outset, and has an overall 19-11 edge but the Wildcats have won six in a row. The Bruins won 17 of the first 20 meetings between 1976 and 1991. The series is back in place now that O-W has returned to its traditional Midlands-based conference home after a two-year stay in a Charleston area region.

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