High School Sports

Football: Irmo at Richland NE

Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Storyline: Irmo actually has more to gain than RNE this week, even though the two teams share first place in Region 5-4A with Lexington entering the penultimate week of the regular season. If the Yellow Jackets win and then beat Dutch Fork in Week 11, they will have the No. 1 seed tie-breaking edge with wins over both of the top contenders. RNE, on the other hand, can win and eventually end up with a share of first place, but would only be the No. 1 seed if it finishes in a dead heat with Irmo, or wins the region title outright.

Irmo notes: With Mustafa Greene back in the pink, the Yellow Jackets (6-3, 4-1) have come up big in the last two weeks. Greene, who ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns in a critical 27-15 win against Lexington two weeks ago, had 168 yards and three TDs in little more than 14 minutes of action at White Knoll in a 35-7 Irmo romp.

Richland NE notes: The RNE defense rebounded from a lackluster first half showing last week at North Augusta to pave the way for a 20-14 overtime that kept in the Cavaliers in the hunt for a region championship … The Cavaliers (6-3, 4-1) yielded all 14 points in the first half, and was especially impressive in overtime when it dropped NA star Tidy Johnson, who had 156 yards rushing, for two losses in OT. The host Yellow Jackets later botched a field goal attempt that opened the doot for the RNE win in extra time … Gee Gee Green, who finished with 119 yards on 25 carries, zoomed over the right side for the game-winning 10-yard touchdown run on the Cavs’ first play in overtime … Greene’s 1-yard scoring run on RNE’s first possession of the seconded half evened the score at 14-14. Kersean Wilson hit Jeremy Posey with an 18-yard scoring pass for the first tally of the game in the first quarter.

Series history: Irmo has won two in a row vs. the Cavaliers, including a 28-18 decision last season, and has an 18-10 edge in the series. RNE ‘s best span of success vs. the Yellow Jackets was 4-0 run between 1993 and 1997.

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