Site: Cecil Woolbright Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Chester notes: The big question facing the Cyclones (6-1, 1-1) is: Will quarterback Tony McNeal be ready to go for this week’s Region 5-3A showdown? McNeal tore the ACL in his right knee in the first quarter of Chester’s 15-13 loss to Fairfield-Central in the region opener on Oct. 2. He did not play in last week’s dramatic 24-21 win over Lugoff-Elgin on a field goal as time expired by Marshall Whitesides. The word out of Chester is McNeal wants to be fitted with a brace and return to action, but Cyclones coach Maurice Flowers isn’t so sure about that plan … Tevin Worthy went 14-for-25 passing for 151 yards and one touchdown while directing Chester’s huge bounce-back win last week … McNeal is 86-for-132 for 1,226 yards and 12 TDs … Even without McNeal, Chester is a potent offensive team, and may turn more to the running game that features a big, talented offensive line and tough running backs Brent Minor (94-593-6) and Julian Pendergrass (84-565-10) … The Cyclones are still very fast and very good on defense with linebacker Ariane McCree leading the way with 80 tackles, 10 TFL and 4 sacks … Chester’s football renaissance began in 2005 under former C.A. Johnson coach Victor Floyd, and has continued for two seasons under Flowers. Since 2005, Chester is 42-17 overall, 21-4 in region play.
Chapin notes: The Eagles haven’t won a region championship since 1992. The surprise team in the Midlands this season under first-year coach Scott Earley can take a giant step on the road to the Region 5-3A title this week with a win over Chester, a team that has played in the last two Class 3A state championship games … Last week, the Eagles improved to 7-0 overall, 2-0 in region matters with an uncharacteristically easy 44-22 triumph against A.C. Flora. Usually, Chapin needs a fourth-quarter rally to get the job done. Not this time. Josh Sanga was the headliner with 156 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 25 carries.
Series history: Chapin put it a big effort before coming up short, 21-17, in the first Eagles-Cyclones clash last season.