High School Sports

Game of the week: Richland Northeast vs. Irmo

Richland Northeast (15) QB Kersean Wilson scrambles for yards against Lexington at Harry Parone Stadium in Columbia, SC on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.
Richland Northeast (15) QB Kersean Wilson scrambles for yards against Lexington at Harry Parone Stadium in Columbia, SC on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

TEAMS

Richland Northeast (4-5, 4-1) vs. Irmo (8-1, 5-0)

Tonight, 7:30 p.m., W.C. Hawkins Stadium, Columbia

PLAYMAKERS

Kersean Wilson, QB. Richland Northeast -- The senior is the triggerman to an offense that churns out 325.2 yards and 23.5 points per game. Wilson leads the Cavaliers in rushing (670 yards, 11 TDs) and has completed 58 percent of his passes for 918 yards and eight touchdowns.

David Olson, QB. Irmo -- Senior has emerged as one of the area's top drop-back passers. Olson protects the ball well, having thrown 16 touchdown passes with one interception, while amassing 1,299 passing yards.

THREE STORYLINES

It's about control

Both teams have explosive offenses capable of scoring 40 points. RNE's defense hasn't proven as stout, so the Cavs need to control the clock with their running game. Wilson and running backs Darius Paulk (609 yards) and LaDerrick Cohens (532 yards) have the ability.

Mustafa sighting?

Irmo's senior star running back Mustafa Greene has been stuck on 1,169 yards and 18 touchdowns since sustaining a high-ankle sprain earlier this month. He has been running this week and could return tonight.

Is there D in Cavaliers?

Richland Northeast has allowed 32.2 points per game as teams have run up 372.2 yards per outing. That's the big reason the Cavaliers enter with a below-.500 record. RNE's defense must play its best game of the year to slow an Irmo offense that is averaging 38.4 points a game.

Chatterbox

"Their team speed has always been good. Still is. They have athletes and kids that can make big plays." BOB HANNA, Irmo coach

"They have always been a team that runs the ball well and they threw it when they had to. Now they run the ball and throw it extremely well. They can mix it up as well as anybody I've seen." JAY FRYE, Richland Northeast coach

THE PICK

IRMO 38, RICHLAND NORTHEAST 20

The Yellow Jackets can wrap up the Region 5-4A title with a victory. With or without Greene, the Yellow Jackets have plenty of talent to get it done.

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