High School Sports

Fantastic Five: Top Midlands games tonight

Heathwood Hall (3-0) at Ben Lippen (4-0)

WHERE: Hathaway-Webber Stadium

WHEN: 7:30 tonight

THE SKINNY: Ben Lippen is ranked No. 2 and Heathwood Hall No. 3 in SCISA Class 3A. Ben Lippen's offense is rolling behind quarterback Joey Carter (861 yards, nine TDs), averaging 26.2 points per game. Heathwood Hall's defense held Orangeburg Prep to 45 rushing yards last week.

THE PICK: Ben Lippen

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Irmo (2-1) at Spring Valley (2-1)

WHERE: Harry Parone Stadium

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight

THE SKINNY: Spring Valley has shown signs of a turnaround after two rough seasons and this game marks their strongest challege. Irmo enters after beating No. 8-ranked Summerville 42-35 last week. Stopping Mustafa Greene (565 yards, eight TDs) is a tall order for anyone.

THE PICK: Irmo

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Lugoff-Elgin (2-1) at Camden (2-1)

WHERE: Zemp Stadium, Camden

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight

THE SKINNY: Camden lost to Class 4A team Hartsville in the opener but has won two in a row. Lugoff-Elgin's lone loss came in overtime to No. 8-ranked Airport (Class 3A). Look for quarterbacks Josh Council (Camden) and Forrest Koumas (Lugoff-Elgin) to put on a show. Camden holds a 24-5 series edge but Lugoff-Elgin has won the past three meetings.

THE PICK: Camden

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Airport (3-0) at Lower Richland (1-2)

WHERE: The Diamond Mine, Hopkins

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight

THE SKINNY: The Diamond Hornets look to end their two-game losing streak but face a tough battle in Airport, which averages 40.3 points per game. Eagles quarterback W.T. Murden has thrown for 377 yards and five touchdowns. He and running back Ryan Smith both are averaging 100 yards rushing per game.

THE PICK: Airport

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Blythewood (2-1) at Dutch Fork (1-2)

WHERE: Dutch Fork Stadium, Irmo

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight

THE SKINNY: Blythewood takes its powerful running game to Dutch Fork, where the Silver Foxes wait with a stingy defense. Dutch Fork has allowed 13.3 points and 206 yards per game. Blythewood, behind running back Brandon Wilds (512 yards, eight touchdowns), scores 31.5 points per game. Dutch Fork needs to get its offense going after last week's 14-7 loss to Ridge View.

THE PICK: Blythewood

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