Site: The Cage. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: Brookland-Cayce, which went 0-10 last season, can clinch a Class 3A state playoff spot with a win this week over the Blue Devils and put themselves in position to challenge for the Region 5-3A championship in season-ending games against Midland Valley and archrival Airport. Dreher, meanwhile, must win to give itself a shot at making the state playoff cut.
Dreher notes: Dreher’s defense played well, but the offensive support was lacking in a 14-3 region loss to Midland Valley. The Blue Devils (1-6, 0-2) limited the Mustangs to 191 yards, but the attack managed just 116 total yards and one field goal – a 28-yarder by Kurt Stoudenmire in the second quarter that cut the MV lead to 7-3. Stoudenmire has had an outstanding punting performance, averaging 47.4 yards on five kicks … Jabril Williams and Shave Van Dyke were outstanding on defense with 16 and 15 tackles, respectively. Williams upped his team tackle lead to 90, while Van Dyke is second on the list with 60 stops.
Brookland-Cayce notes: The revitalized Bearcats (3-4, 2-0) have won three of four games since ending a 14-game losing streak (the second longest on school history in the modern era) with a 20-6 upset win over Columbia in Week 4 … Last week, B-C improved to 2-0 in Region 5-3A with an impressive 16-7 road win over big, physical South Aiken. The Bearcats defense rose to the challenge after the host Thoroughbreds marched 55 yards for a tally on their first possession of the game … B-C produced two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and the defense had three takeaways in the final 12 minutes of play … Sophomore quarterback Zack Warner, subbing for injured starter Kenyatta Castleberry, was 5-for-14 passing for 113 yards, including a 34-yard scoring pass to Foster Stephens on the second play of the fourth quarter for the Bearcats first touchdown of the game. The defense posted a safety in the third quarter. Demetruis Jackson, who finished with 100 yards rushing on 20 carries, put the verdict on ice with a 22-yard scoring run with 3:08 remaining … Castleberry suffered a broken finger on his throwing hand earlier in the week.
Series history: B-C has an 8-4 edge in a series that began in 1996, but Dreher has been the winner in each of the past two games. The Blue Devils prevailed 27-20 last season in one of the two non-region games in the set.