High School Sports

Game of the week: Batesburg-Leesville vs. Keenan

Batesburg-Leesville's Elliott Jeffcoat scores against Lexington last season.
Batesburg-Leesville's Elliott Jeffcoat scores against Lexington last season.

Keenan Raiders (3-0) vs. Batesburg-Leesville Panthers (2-1)

Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Panthers Stadium, Batesburg-Leesville

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PLAYMAKERS

Raiders

Antonio Perry, QB. He has thrown for 658 yards and 10 touchdowns in three games.

Panthers

Elliott Jeffcoat, RB. He gained 81 yards on 18 carries in a 35-0 victory against Swansea last Friday and is finding his groove as Region 3-2A play approaches.

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THREE STORYLINES

1. PANTHERS DOMINANCE

Batesburg-Leesville has won all 13 meetings between the teams. The Raiders came close last season at Bolden Stadium, losing 19-12.

2. CAREFUL, CAREFUL

Batesburg-Leesville quarterback K.J. Johnson has completed 50 percent of his passes, but he also has six interceptions. He was accurate against Swansea last week, completing 5-of-8, and will need to be as reliable against Keenan.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Batesburg-Leesville has a weapon in punter Austin White, who has averaged 38.5 yards on 11 punts this season. Keenan's offense is explosive and its defense is active. But when the Panthers' offense stalls, White does not allow the opposition an advantage in field position.

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Chatterbox

"It's a game we've had marked and a game we feel like can get our program over the hump if we can go down there and play well." - Keenan coach Mitch Moton

"Antonio Perry has turned into a pretty good ball player. He's throwing the ball tremendously well. We'll have to get a little pressure on him.," -Batesburg-Leesville coach Courtney McInnis

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THE PICK

Batesburg-Leesville 22, Keenan 20

Last season was Keenan's best in 15 years and this year's team appears playoff-bound again. This team has the talent to beat Batesburg-Leesville but doing on the road may be asking too much.

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