Five Midlands teams remain in the hunt for the Class 3A football championship, but only Crestwood will be at home for second-round action on Friday night.
North Charleston (8-3) at Crestwood (10-1): North Charleston ended a seven-game state playoff losing streak by beating Brookland-Cayce 34-13 in first-round action last week. It was the Cougars’ first playoff win since 2000. Jimmy Brown’s team is the only Region 8-3A team still standing … Crestwood smacked North Myrtle Beach 45-14 for its 10th straight win since opening the season with a loss to 4A Sumter … NC’s top weapons on the attack are junior Denzel Myers and senior Kayron Smith, who have both scored 20 touchdowns to date. Smith had two scoring passes and one TD run last week, while Myers had a one scoring catch, one scoring run and threw one TD pass. On defense, Todd Edwards had 10 tackles and two sacks, while Jerial Ray had 10 tackles and one sack vs. B-C … Terrence Wilson upped his season rushing total to 1756 yards and his TD count to 22 by producing 242 yards and two scores on 16 carries. Treginald Wilson completed just three passes in the game, but two went for scores to Damone Pringle and Randy Moulds. In all, the Knights blitzed the Chiefs for 570 yards and have 4802 offensive yards on the books. Na’Im Johnson had 11 tackles and one TFL, but the defense story was 10 sacks by the Crestwood defense. Travis McConico had three sacks, while Travis Jenkins, Darius Wallace and Raphael Aiken had two apiece. Wallace leads the team with 20 sacks and 21 TFL. Aiken is second on the team with seven sacks … North Charleston is 2-12 in playoff matters since 1970, and has never advanced past the second round. Crestwood’s postseason mark is 7-6 … Crestwood is 2-0 vs. NC, but this will be the first playoff meeting of the teams.
Fairfield Central (9-2) at Daniel (11-0): Justin Trapp led FC to a 56-16 romp over visiting Wade Hampton last week. The senior quarterback had 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just six carries, and tossed one scoring pass. Greg Gadsden had a high yield on the ground, as well, with 103 yards and two TDs on six totes. Ralph Cooper was the main main of defense for the Griffins with 14 tackles. Tavon Bouknight had an interception return score … The unbeaten Lions have been doing it all season on defense, and the story was the same in last week’s 42-7 rout of Blue Ridge. Daniel allowed the Tigers just 170 yards, and has surrendered more than one touchdown in just two games so far. Top hit men Bubba Bryant and Wynton Botchway had 13 and 12 tackles, respectively vs. Blue Ridge. But the cornerstone of the Lions defense is a stellar secondary featuring junior DeAndre Hopkins, who has eight interceptions this season after swiping 14 enemy passes a year ago … Daniel’s balanced attack features running backs Michael Wingard (725 yards, 4 TDs) and Brandon Anderson (838 yards, 9 TDs) and quarterback Justin Walker who is 91-for-158 passing for 1552 yards and 17 TDs … Daniel has a glorious playoff tradition with a 42-17 record and four state titles – 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1998. But the Lions have not had a championship since beating Manning 34-27 in the 3A finale in 1998 … The Griffins, like the Lions, had a glorious playoff run of success in the 1990s – winning back-to-back state titles in 1996 and 1997. And, like Daniel, FC has not had another title shot since. The Griffins all-time playoff record is 26-14 … FC has won two of the three previous playoff meetings with Daniel. The Griffins prevailed on the way to the 1997 championship, and in the most recent encounter in Winnsboro in 2004. The Lions only success came in the Upper State championship game on the way to the 1998 state title.
Lugoff-Elgin (8-3) at Greer (10-1): L-E’s long trip to Greenville produced a surprisingly easy 49-14 first-round win over host J.L. Mann. A similarly leisurely affair is not anticipate this week at Greer … The Demons scored three touchdowns in the first five minutes a week ago, led 28-0 at the end of the first half and had a 35-0 advantage before the Patriots finally got on the board in the second quarter. The tone was set on Phillip Osborne’s 73-yard scoring run on the first possession of the contest. That was quickly followed by a 30-yard blocked punt return by Julian Baxter and a 64-yard scoring jaunt by Trent Hudson. In the end, Osborne finished with 175 yards rushing and two TDs, while Hudson went over the 1,000-yard mark with 182 yards and two TDs … L-E set a number of school records in the romp, including most points scored in a playoff game, largest winning margin in a playoff game and most points scored in consecutive weeks (100). The game also marked the first time two Demons have rushed for 1,000 yards (Osborne and Hudson) in one season and Ryan Wannamaker broke his own single-season tackles for loss record (he now has 23.5). Kicker Grayson Quick matched a school record with his seven PAT boots … Greer, which missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 yards last season, was almost forced to sit out this season, too, because of a practice violation. But the Yellow Jackets appealed the disqualification and won. Greer is very explosive offensive, averaging 44.1 points a game. Most of the damage comes by land where Dominique Park has 1936 yards and 24 TDs on 223 carries and quarterback Efferlan Williams has 1691 yards and 21 TDs on 168 totes. Williams is 47-for-117 passing for 685 yards and five scores. Parks rang up 180 yards and five TDs on 17 carries in last week’s 56-16 win over Seneca … Greer is 45-23 in the playoffs since 1970 with state title runs in 1989, 1994 and 2003. L-E is 14-15 in playoff matters and has never earned a title shot. The closest the Demons have come was in 2002 when they advanced to the Upper State championship game but were felled 43-7 by Union … Greer is 2-0 vs. L-E – winning playoff games in 1995 (30-7) and 2004 (38-13).
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Airport (9-2) at Myrtle Beach (10-1): This is a game that features two teams on major rolls since their most recent setbacks. Airport is 5-0 and is averaging 44.8 points since losing to Midland Valley (17-14) in the Region 5-3A opener. Myrtle Beach is 5-0 and is averaging 53.8 points since losing to Lake City (14-13) in Week 6. That verdict should have cost the Seahawks the Region 7-3A title, but Lake City’s role in a game-ending brawl with Wilson in the season opener disqualified the Panthers from winning a region championship and qualifying for the state playoffs. The respective late-season streaks produced two monumental blowups. Airport thrashed Brookland-Cayce 62-7 in the regular season finale. It was the third-highest scoring show in school annals. Myrtle Beach, meanwhile, surpassed the 70-point threshold for the first time this season. In fact, the Seahawks did it twice – opening the campaign with a 70-0 rout of Carolina Forest, but did even better in a 73-3 pasting of North Myrtle Beach in the regular season finale … Airport took a 7-0 lead before two minutes had expired on a 55-yard scoring run by quarterback W.T. Murden to set the tone in a 39-24 win in last week’s playoff-opening win at home against Battery Creek. Murden finished with 166 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 16 carries and was 7-for-12 passing for 134 yards and two scores … MB, meanwhile, blasted Lakewood 42-3 as blue-chip receiver Jamere Valentine scored three touchdowns in his role as a short-yardage situation running back. Valentine has tallied 27 touchdowns by various means to date, and is the state’s top receiver with 71 catches for 1109 yards and 17 TDs … The key to both attacks is the play at quarterback. Murden is the dual threat; he leads the Eagles with 960 yards rushing and 11 TDs on 150 carries, and is 111-for-199 passing for 1525 yards and 19 TDs. Myrtle Beach sophomore sensation Everett Golson is 174-for-276 passing for 2520 yards and 31 scores, but is not nearly the running threat Murden is … Airport is 20-21 is state playoff games and is still looking for its first title shot. The Seahawks are 44-25 in postseason play since 1970, and are still trying to repeat the glory days when Doug Shaw led MB to four state championships and made it to the finals five years in a row between 1980 and 1984. Myrtle Beach has not made it past the third round of the playoffs since that long-ago 14-0 win over J.L. Mann that marked the end of the dynasty … Friday’s game at Doug Shaw Stadium marks the first-ever football meeting of the schools.
Camden (6-5) at Midland Valley (8-3): Camden was one of only three teams to pull off road wins last week in first-round action. The Bulldogs, with quarterback Josh Council back in action after a long stint on the DL, breeze past Georgetown 33-0. Camden finished with 366 net offensive yards. Council ran for a team high 103 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries and was 7-for-14 passing for 85 yards. SaVonne Wingate had 90 yards and one TD on 23 totes. Chris Outten, the team’s second-leading tackler on defense, had two short scoring runs … The Mustangs from Graniteville got off to a relatively slow start a week ago, but ended up dispatching Stall with little trouble, 45-16. Quarterback Cameron Epting had 64 yards rushing and one TD and was 6-for-12 passing for 90 yards and two scores. Cordes Pressley had 131 yards rushing and one score on 23 carries. Bottom line: MV had zero turnovers, while Stall had four … Camden is 33-25 in playoff games since 1970, and is 17-8 with one state title and one Upper State title since Jimmy Neal took over at his alma mater in 1997. The Mustangs are 8-14 in postseason action through the years, but have never made it past the third round. MV’s two previous ventures to the third round resulted in setbacks in 1997 and 2000 … Midland Valley is 2-0 vs. Camden with the two wins coming in 1998 and 1999 when the schools were briefly together in Region 4-3A.