High School Sports

Football: Batesburg-Leesville at Newberry

Site: Mike Ware Field. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Storyline: With two region losses on the books and just three weeks to go in the Region 3-2A campaign, there should be a sense of urgency in the Batesburg-Leesville camp this week. A third loss would put the Panthers in danger of missing the state playoff cut for the first time since 1987.

Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers (4-3, 0-2) were manhandled for the second year in a row by Strom Thurmond. The difference was the 37-12 setback last week came in a region game, not a meaningless non-region affair … Quarterback K.J. Johnson sat out with an injury he suffered in the Gilbert game the week before. Jamal Bryant stepped in and completed 7 of 17 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, but the running game managed just 54 yards on 25 carries … The Panthers defense was hit for 338 yards, 322 of which came on the ground … Elliott Jeffcoat, who produced all but two of the rushing yards last week, has 599 yards and six TDs on 109 carries so far, and also leads the team in receiving with 12 catches for 289 yards and three scores … The loss ended B-L’s 15-game home winning streak.

Newberry notes: The Bulldogs (3-3, 1-1) pulled a vital, gutsy 21-14 win last week at Gilbert, overcoming a 14-13 Indians lead and an injury to senior tailback Montagus Caldwell. The Bulldogs put together a 12-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter without the help of Caldwell. Quarterback Lance Brehmer's 1-yard scoring run proved to be a game-winner … Caldwell exited after running 16 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns … Anthony Shepard had three interceptions, including one on Gilbert’s lastl play of the game … Newberry finished with 308 rushing yards, 345 overall. Marcus McMorris had 81 rushing yards on 13 carries, 36 of which came in place of Caldwell on the game-winning march.

Series history: Newberry leads the series that began in 1929 by a slim 28-27-2 margin. B-L was a 28-14 winner last season on the way to a region championship.

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