Site: The Backyard. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Ridge View notes: The slumping Blazers (3-8) can thank the points system for their latest playoff invitation. RV went winless while finishing in last place in Region 4-4A and enters the Class 4A Division II playoffs mired in a five-game losing streak. The Blazers have not scored a touchdown, or any offensive points for that matter, since a 22-7 loss to Rock Hill in the region opener on Oct. 11 … With quarterback Jalen Perry out for the season with an injury, the Blazers have recently turned to senior running back Bucky Kennedy to fill the void. Kennedy is 18-for-43 passing for 199 yards, to go along with his 686 yards rushing on 177 carries … If RV is going to pull off a monumental upset this week, it most likely have to be on the strength of an inspired defensive effort. The unit, however, does need a little support from the offense. The Blazers defense allowed just one touchdown and 17 points in the last three weeks of the regular season, and even scored two points on a safety, while the offense has drawn a blank. RV lost 3-2 to Spring Valley, 9-0 to Lancaster and 5-0 to Blythewood down the stretch … Alonzo Greene, Marcus Lylerly and Antoine Parker have been the headliners on defense. Greene has 149 tackles, six tackles for loss, flour sacks and two fumble recoveries on the books. Lylerly boasts 107 tackles, five tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Parker has 107 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks … RV has made the state cut for the seventh season in a row, and the 11th time in 13 tries since its debut campaign in 1996. The Blazers all-time playoff record is 14-10 … Ridge View’s one title shot came in 1998. The Blazers fell 41-15 to Marlboro County in the Division II finale.
Conway notes: The lone blemish on the Tigers’ resume to date is a 24-21 loss to neighboring 3A power Myrtle Beach on a last-second field goal. Conway (10-1) won the Region 6-4A championship, thanks to an impressive 31-28 win over Sumter in Week 10 … Balance is the operative word on offense. The Tigers have rolled up 1727 yards on the ground, 1903 by air. Seth Moreland is main rushing threat with 1239 yards and 11 touchdowns on 225 carries. Ryne Hardwick is 133-for-191 passing for 1763 yards and 16 TDs with only three interceptions. Jason Livingston is among the state’s best receivers with 60 catches for 841 yards and eight scores … T.J. Hemmingway and Michael Frazier are the top hit men on defense with 102 and 101 tackles, respectively. Frazier also has a team high six sacks. Adren Fugate has four of the team’s 14 interceptions.
Series history: Friday’s game marks the first football meeting of the schools.
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