Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: The annual Lake Murray rivalry takes on added significance with both teams in the running for the Region 5-4A championship. Lexington currently has a one-game lead over Irmo, Richland Northeast and North Augusta. Given the circumstances, the banged Yellow Jackets are in the must-win situation to say the hunt.
Lexington notes: The Wildcats (6-1, 3-0) thumped Orangeburg-Wilkinson 38-12 on homecoming last week as Anthony “A-Train” Carden rumbled for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Lexington’s old-school option attack produced 413 rushing yards, 441 overall. In the process, Carden went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The rugged senior now has 1049 yards on 182 carries and has scored 15 touchdowns … Quarterback Tradd Hunter and halfback Dexter Wells have combined for 838 rushing yards and eights TDs … Bradley Moore and Eric Bennett are two of the Wildcats defensive leaders. Moore has a team high 42 tackles with five tackles for loss, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. Bennett has eight TFL.
Irmo notes: Even though star junior running back Mustafa Greene has been on the shelf with an injury for most of the season, the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 2-1) are hanging tough in the region race … Last week, Irmo bounced back from a tough road loss to Aiken for a convincing 21-0 win over North Augusta. Sophomore Dawan Scott, filling in for Greene, had 80 yards rushing and scored all three touchdowns – all coming in the second half. Scott had a 5-yard run in the third quarter, and two 1-yard scores in the fourth.
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Series history: They say rivalries are only a rivalry when both teams have success. If that is true, Irmo vs. Lexington is not a true rivalry. Irmo has mastered the Wildcats 31 times in 40 meetings since the first across-the-dam game in 1970. Moreover, the Yellow Jackets have won eight in a row since 2001, including last season’s 63-21 romp.