High School Sports

Preview: Gilbert at Batesburg-Leesville

Site: Panther Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Gilbert notes: The Indians enter Region 3-2A play with a 4-1 non-region record for the second year in a row … Gilbert closes non-region testing with a 28-14 win last year against Swansea. Connor Owings was 16-for-25 passing for 203 yards and had scoring strikes to Johnny Bowers and Michael Robinson. Bowers had five catches for 87 yards. Dylan Skinner also had five receptions, good for 51 yards. Mike Morrison and Josh Steele had short scoring runs. Clark Mathias was the leading rushing with 58 yards on 14 carries … For the season, Owings is 73-for-132 for 975 yards and 12 touchdowns. Skinner is the leading receiver with 28 receptions for 298 yards and four TDs, followed by Bowers (16-289-2), Matt Stegall (13-146-3) and Robinson (10-172-3).

Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers saw their three-game winning streak come to an end last week at Midland Valley, falling 14-8 to the host 3A Mustangs. That outcome means B-L enters region play with a 3-2 record for the third year in a row … B-L took an 8-7 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard scoring pass from K.J. Johnson to Chris Lewis and a two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter. But that was it for the Panthers on offense, who came up empty on their last three possessions of the game. Johnson had 82 yards rushing and was 9-for-19 passing for 130 yards … Johnson took over the team rushing lead last week, and now has 247 yards and three touchdowns on 50 carries. The junior is 37-for-71 for 528 yards and eight TDs in the passing game. Lewis has made the most of his five catches to date – 160 yards and four TDs … On defense, Rivers Bedenbaugh has a team high 50 tackles, Andre Johnson has 49 tackles and three TFL, Eddie Quattlebaum has 35 tackles and five sacks and Jamal Bryant, the team’s leading receiver, has 15 tackles and six interceptions.

Series history: In recent years, this has been the most hotly contested Midlands series. The past three games have all bee decided by one point. B-L escaped with 28-27 and 26-25 wins in 2006 and 2007, but the Indians claimed a 21-20 triumph a year ago. It was only the second Gilbert win in 23 tries in the series, and the first since 1991.

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