High School Sports

Football: Chapin at Lower Richland

Site: Diamond Mine. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Storyline: It all comes down to this for Lower Richland: win or pack it in at the end of the regular season. If the Diamonds win, it would be the first time the program has “earned” a state playoff berth since 1995. LR took part in postseason play as a Big 16 school between 1996 and 2000. Chapin can officially wrap up a playoff berth with a win.

Chapin notes: The Eagles (4-4, 1-2) are coming off a gut-wrenching 21-17 loss to Chester in a game with Region 4-3A title implications. Chapin took a 17-14 lead with 8:23 left in the third quarter on a Josh Miller 1-yard scoring run, but the Cyclones took the lead for good a 5-yard scoring run by sophomore quarterback Tony McNeal with five seconds to go in the third. Chester iced it with an interception with 2:11 to go in the game … Miller led the team in rushing with 92 yards and hit 10 of 20 passes for 146 yards … Chapin’s balanced running game features Miller (590 yards, 10 TDs), Graham Montgomery (563 yards, 3 TDs) and Mikey Capers (515 yards, 5 TDs) … Miller is 66-for-134 passing for 1386 yards and 12 TDs. Neal Sawyer has 31 catches for 777 yards and eight scores … John Sloan leads the defense with 86 tackles, Zach Quasney 64 tackles and Ryan Elliott has 51 tackles, six tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

Lower Richland notes: The Diamond Hornets (3-5, 1-2) managed only 77 offensive yards and a late, inconsequential touchdown in last week’s 17-7 homecoming loss to Lugoff-Elgin last week … LR defenders Hayward Martin (14 tackles), Gary Castro (12) and Marvin Smith (12) were the headliners last week. Hayward is one of the top hit men in the state with 122 tackles to date. Castro is second on the team with 82 tackles. Larry Hunter has 66 stops shares the team sack lead (4) with Craig Adams. Devante Wright had four interceptions … Quarterbacks Nicholas Smith and John Worthy have combined for 1096 passing yards. The top receivers are Brandon Wilkerson (23 catches, 261 yards, one TD) and Rochon Johnson (21-282-1).

Series history: Friday’s game is the first meeting of the schools in football.

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