High School Sports

High school football rewind

Three questions answered; three things we don't know; top performers; next week's top games.

THREE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Airport can handle pressure

The Eagles (11-0) knew Darlington would be tough. Airport proved tougher. Darlington jumped to a 28-10 first-half lead and looked ready to ruin Airport's perfect season. But the Eagles tied it on W.T. Murden's 68-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith in the fourth quarter, blocked a potential game-winning field goal and won 37-31 on Smith's 1-yard touchdown run in overtime.

Sumter is playoff ready

The Gamecocks, who started 0-2, ran their winning streak to nine and won the Region 6-4A championship in resounding fashion, blasting host Hartsville (9-2) 35-13. Quarterback Stephen Curtis threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Smith in the first quarter, then ran for two second-quarter scores.

Lexington is playoff bound

Even in a season when they lost four of their first six games, the Wildcats (5-6) found a way to earn an automatic bid to the Class 4A playoffs. Lexington beat rival White Knoll 49-21 to clinch a fourth-place finish in Region 5-4A that it needed to make the postseason.

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THREE THINGS WE DON'T KNOW

Is Keenan ready for its toughest challenge?

After first-round losses the past two years, the Raiders (9-2) beat Newberry 41-35 and advanced to the second round against No. 3-ranked Abbeville. Keenan, ranked No. 9 in the last Class 2A Prep Writers Poll, must stop a Panthers offense that averages 38.2 points per game.

Will Quay Farr remain Spring Valley's coach?

Farr's third season with the Vikings (2-9) was only marginally better than his first two in terms of mood and record. Now 3-30 overall with Spring Valley, Farr told his players two weeks ago he was not coming back. Spring Valley administration wants him to stay and Farr said last week he is reconsidering.

Is Dawan Scott enough for Irmo?

Scott continues to fill in for injured Shrine Bowl back Mustafa Greene (high ankle sprain). Scott had 225 yards and three touchdowns against Dutch Fork. Greene's ankle will not be 100 percent the rest of the season, so Scott will need to carry the load in the Class 4A playoffs.

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THREE TOP PERFORMERS

SaVonn Wingate, Camden - Junior running back scored four touchdowns as the Bulldogs blasted South Aiken 38-14 in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

K.J. Johnson, Batesburg-Leesville - Panthers quarterback keyed the rout of Columbia by running for four touchdowns and throwing for two more. He accounted for 333 yards of offense.

Antonio Perry, Keenan - Threw five touchdown passes, three to Dennis Rowe, as the Raiders beat Newberry 41-35. Perry and Rowe connected on TDs of 80, 63 and 24 yards. Perry also scored on a 7-yard run.

THREE TOP GAMES FOR NEXT WEEK

Lake City (10-1) at Airport (11-0)

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Airport's perfect record will be under seige in this Class 3A second-round game. Lake City's lone loss came to second-ranked Myrtle Beach (10-1), 35-14 and have won five in a row since. The fun will be watching Airport's offense face a Lake City defense that has five shutouts.

Batesburg-Leesville (7-4) at Woodruff (11-0)

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

This marks the fourth consecutive year these teams have met in the second round in the Class 2A. Batesburg-Leesville won in 2006 and 2007, with Woodruff won 28-21 last season. The Wolverines, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, will be favorites at home. But after scoring 60 points against Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville can't be counted out.

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