High School Sports

Preview: Batesburg-Leesville at Strom Thurmond

Site: Strom Thurmond. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Batesburg-Leesville notes: The Panthers (4-2, 1-0) opened Region 3-2A play with an impressive 38-7 win over Gilbert. The B-L defense had its best showing of the season, limiting the Indians to a meager 112 net offensive yards … Tailback Elliott Jeffcoat also had his best outing of the campaign, running for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Chris Lewis had perhaps the key play of the game in the first quarter – returning a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown after Gilbert drove to take an early 7-0 lead. In the end, B-L finished with 22 first downs and a season high 336 yards on the ground … The B-L defensive players in the season spotlight include Andre Johnson (55 tackles, 3 TFL), Rivers Bedenbaugh (54 tackles), Eddie Quattlebaum (35 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 fumble recoveries) and Jamal Bryant (15 tackles, 7 interceptions) … Jeffcoat’s big night allowed him to regain the team rushing lead from quarterback K.J. Johnson. Jeffcoat now has 347 yards and four TDs to Johnson’s 332 yards and four scores. Johnson is 43-for-81 passing for 600 yards and eight TDs. Bryant is the top receiver with 12 catches for 136 yards. Lewis has turned eight receptions into 192 yards and four scores.

Strom Thurmond notes: The Rebels (4-2, 1-0) have won three in a row, including last week’s 21-20 conquest of Mid-Carolina in the first round of Region 3-2A play. Strom Thurmond claimed the region championship a year ago in its first season at the Class 2A level … The Rebels went ahead 21-14 early in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run by quarterback Raleigh Yeldell and a successful PAT kick, and made a decisive defensive stand with one minute to go to escape with the road region win. M-C pulled within one point on a touchdown pass, but the Thurmond defense stopped a two-point conversion bid for victory. Free Safety Deikory Williams had a monster night with 19 tackles and one interception … Nick Williamson was the top Rebels producer in the defensive struggle, finishing with 93 yards rushing on 10 carries. Yeldell, a sophomore, leads the Rebels in rushing (441 yards), passing (405 yards) and scoring (48 points).

Series history: The Rebels have won two in a row and five of the last six meetings with the Panthers to take a 25-19 overall lead in a series that began in 1961.

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