BLYTHEWOOD vs. LEXINGTON
Site: WildCat Stadium. Time: 7:30.
Game notes: Blythewood (1-1) is coming off a 25-7 loss to Fairfield Central. The Bengals have struggled offensively so far, especially in the running game. The rushing attack has produced a meager net of 90 yards so far, and a paltry average of 1.3 yards gained per attempt … Lexington opened the season with a 34-23 win over county rival Batesburg-Leesville in Scott Earley’s debut as the Wildcats coach. Shaq Roland’s 90-yard kickoff return touchdown launched a decisive 27-0 burst over the final 23 minutes of the game.
Series history: Friday will be the first-ever varsity football meeting of the Midlands schools.
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C.A. JOHNSON vs. KEENAN
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: CAJ is 1-1 after dropped a 19-0 decision to city rival Eau Claire last week … Keenan nipped always tough Blackville-Hilda 14-12 in the first meeting of the teams in 40 years. The Raiders are one of the few teams the Hawks have never beaten … Eric Griffin’s interception in the end zone with 51 seconds remaining preserved the win. Junior Maurice Poole ran for one touchdown and threw for another in his debut at quarterback.
Series history: Keenan has won four in a row, including a 34-6 romp a year ago, to increase its lead over the Hornets to 25-18. It is the longest-standing football rivalry (43 games in 39 seasons) for both schools.
DREHER vs. COLUMBIA
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: 7:30 pm.
Game notes: Dreher suffered a 54-7 loss to Richland Northeast in Josh Stepp’s debut as head coach. The Blue Devils drew a Week 1 bye … Columbia fell to 1-1 after dropped a wild 33-32 decision last week to improved A.C. Flora … The Richland 1 district rivals were region mates at the 4A and 3A levels between 1976 and 1991.
Series history: Columbia has won four in a row to take a slim, 22-20 lead in the series. The Capitals prevailed 38-21 last season.
FAIRFIELD CENTRAL vs. AIRPORT
Site: Eagle Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Fairfield Central improved to 2-0 with an impressive 23-7 win at Blythewood last week. The Griffins thumped Eau Claire 34-9 in Week Zero … Airport bowed with a 33-0 win over cross-town rival Brookland-Cayce. Kelvin Harris, making his first start at quarterback, ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time since 1994. Fairfield Central has won four of the previous five contests. Airport’s only success was a 24-7 win in 1990.
FORT DORCHESTER vs. IRMO
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Fort Dorchester defeated 2A Woodland 31-20 in its season opener last week. Quarterback Ethan Long was 17-for-24 passing for 186 yards and one touchdown … Irmo running back Dawan Scott if off to a great start, but the Yellow Jackets stand at 1-1 with a close win over Dutch Fork and a 49-28 road loss to highly regarded Goose Creek on the books. Scott has already amassed 421 yards rushing, compiled an 8-4 per-carry average and scored eight TDs.
Series history: Irmo has never beaten the Patriots from Dorchester County. Fort D is 4-0 against the Yellow Jackets, including last season’s 19-14 triumph.
FORT MILL vs. RIDGE VIEW
Site: Blythewood Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The visiting Yellow Jackets humbled Lugoff-Elgin 49-33 last week in a game that wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. Fort Mill had a 42-13 lead entering the fourth quarter. Running back Asa Kryst ran for 130 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries and quarterback Preston Fry was 12-for-13 passing for 187 yards and one TD … Ridge View suffered a 31-0 season-opening loss at Wando last week. Gary Bradshaw had 78 yards rushing and caught two passes for the Blazers.
Series history: The Blazers and Yellow Jackets have split four previous meetings. Fort Mill won the first two encounters (1996-97), and the Blazers have taken the last two outings (2003-04).
GILBERT vs. WHITE KNOLL
Site: The Wolf Den. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Indians are coming of a bye week after opening the season with a 34-3 loss to A.C. Flora in Week Zero … The Timberwolves take on their second straight Class 2A opponent. Last week, WK blasted Pelion 56-6, falling just short of the school single-game scoring record set last season in a 57-20 win over Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
Series history: The teams will be meeting in football for the first time.
LOWER RICHLAND vs. LAKEWOOD
Site: Lakewood Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes:The Diamond Hornets are 0-2 under new coach Wayne Farmer, but made some offensive improvement in last week’s 42-12 loss to Spring Valley … The Gators opened with a 14-13 win over 4A Colleton County in their first game under new coach Chris Collins.
Series history: The series resumes after a 12-season layoff. LR was a 30-13 winner in the series debut in 1996, but the Gators prevailed in the next three games vs. the Diamond Hornet – all by shutout. Lakewood was a 13-0 winner in the last encounter in 1999.
MID-CAROLINA vs. BATESBURG-LEESVILLE
Site: Panther Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Mid-Carolina opened the new season with a 53-6 romp against county rival Whitmire in the longest running season-opening series in the state. The Rebels and Wolverines have clashed in every season opener since 1972 … Clarence Turner set the tome, breaking off a 64-yard scoring on on the first play from scrimmage … B-L let a 23-7 lead slip away in the second half last week in a 34-27 loss to Lexington. Ricky Adams, starting at quarterback in place of veteran K.J. Johnson, ran for 142 yards and one touchdown and had 64 yards passing and one scoring toss.
Series history: B-L enjoys a pronounced edge in the series, winning 30 of 36 meeting since the first clash in 1958. The Panthers are riding a 14-game winning streak against the Rebels. M-C’s last win was in 1991 by a 13-10 margin.
NEWBERRY vs. BROOKLAND-CAYCE
Site: The Cage. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Phil Strickland brings his Newberry football team to the Cage to face a Brookland-Cayce he guided to a 5-7 record in his one and only season at the Bearcats helm in 1991. B-C went 0-11 before Strickland arrived from Ridge Spring-Monetta, and was 1-10 after Strickland left to take over at Batesburg-Leesville. Newberry dropped a 27-14 decision to neighboring Clinton in Strickland’s Bulldogs debut … B-C suffered a 33-0 loss to Airport in its season opener last week. It was the 14th consecutive loss for the Bearcats dating back to 2008.
Series history: Newberry has never faltered against the Bearcats, winning all six previous contests. The teams last met in 2001 as region rival.
NORTH AUGUSTA vs. DUTCH FORK
Site: Silver Foxes Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: North Augusta thumped Midland Valley 38-14 in its season opener last week. Quarterback Lorenzo Hammonds ran for four touchdowns and was 11-for-16 passing for 215 yards and two TDs … Brandon Quattlebaum ran for 134 yards and two scores and quarterback Justin Suber had 127 yards passing and one TD pass in Dutch Fork’s 30-21 win over Chapin last week and evened the Silver Foxes record at 1-1. It was the first win at DF for new coach Tom Knotts, who is now just three wins short of 300 for his career.
Series history: DF enjoys a slight 5-3 series edge, and is 4-0 against the Yellow Jackets in non-region outings. North Augusta beat in the Silver Foxes in region play in 2008 and 2009.
PELION vs. EMERALD
Site: Emerald. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Panthers (1-1) suffered a 56-6 loss to White Knoll in its first-ever game against a Class 4A team … Panthers junior star Jamar Pontoon is off to a good start with 111 yards rushing and 204 yards passing ... Emerald opened the season with a 24-14 win over neighboring Ninety Six last week.
Series history: Friday’s game in Greenwood will be the first football meeting of the two schools.
SPRING VALLEY vs. LUGOFF-ELGIN
Site: Lugoff-Elgin Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Spring Valley (1-1) humbled Lower Richland 42-12 to hand Miles Aldridge his first win as Vikings coach … Lugoff-Elgin gave up 442 yards in a 49-33 loss to Fort Mill in its season opener last week. The Demons trailed 42-13 after three quarters.
Series history: Spring Valley has been a recent fixture at L-E’s jamboree, but Friday marks the first meeting of the schools in football.
SWANSEA vs. CHAPIN
Site: Cecil Woolbright Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Swansea drilled Wagener-Salley 42-6 in Chad Leaphart’s debut as the Tigers boss. Sophomore Joseph Williams ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries … Chapin dropped a strange 30-21 game to Dutch Fork in Justin Gentry’s debut as the Eagles head coach. Quarterback Michael Weimer was the Chapin headliner – completing 15 of 25 passes for 126 yards and three touchdowns, while also leading the team in rushing with 87 yards on 16 totes.
Series history: The series resumes after a two-season break. Chapin has been dominant in the series of late, winning seven in a row and 13 of 15 since 1987. The Eagles now lead the series 18-10
WEST FLORENCE vs. CAMDEN
Site: Zemp Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Camden (2-0) beat Ware Shoals 34-14 last week with quarterback Dillon Morrow and receiver Jerrod Beauford in the starring roles. Morrow was 11-for-16 passing for 239 yards and three touchdowns. Beauford caught five passes for 158 yards and two scores … The Knights, coming off a 1-10 season, suffered a 42-10 loss to cross-town rival South Florence in kits season opener last week.
Series history: West Florence dominated the series early, winning the first four encounters, and through the Bulldogs have closed the gap of late the Knights still enjoy an overall 8-6 edge in the series. Camden is 4-3 in games since 2002, including a 16-7 success last season.