High School Sports

Football: Wilson Hall at Pinewood Prep

Site: Summerville. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Storyline: Wilson Hall saw its lead in SCISA Region 2-3A evaporate in a 14-7 loss to Laurence Manning last week. But the Barons have a chance at redemption this week against a talented Pinewood team that finally seems to be getting its act together after a halting start. If Wilson Hall wins, it will finish in a tie for first place with Orangeburg Prep and be the No. 1 seed. If Pinewood wins, OP is the region champion and the Panthers will be the No. 2 seed and Wilson Hall will be No. 3 and play on the road in the postseason opener.

Wilson Hall notes: The weather was bad last week, and the Barons (5-5, 2-1) did not adapt well against LMA in a bitter loss. WH finished with just 138 offensive yards and turned the ball over six times … The Swampcats punting game was another big factor, pinning the Barons inside their own 10-yard line three times … Ricky Crum’s 4-yard scoring run staked the Barons to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. A 45-yard pass from Thomas White to Chris Sharp gave the Barons a late chance to tie it up. However, that dream ended when WH fumbled the ball away for the fifth time.

Pinewood notes: Melvin Lesure led the Panthers (6-3, 2-1) to a huge 38-28 win at Augusta Christian last week in a non-region outing. Lesure ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries as Pinewood rallied for 21 fourth-quarter points to stun the Lions … Lesure has 603 yards and 10 TDs on the books as part of a balanced running attack that also features quarterback Bruce Haynes (648 yards, 11 TDs) and Moses Richardson (564 yards, 5 TDs). The Pinewood offense also features the passing tandem of Haynes and wide receiver Laquan Gilliard – two transfers from Summerville High. Haynes is 70-for-140 passing for 1213 yards and 13 scores. Gilliard has 35 catches for 689 yards and seven TDs.

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