AIRPORT vs. HARTSVILLE
Site: Kelleytown. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The last time Hartsville and Airport hooked up was in a state championship game in 1981 when the Red Foxes downed the Eagles 7-0 in the title bout in the newly minted Class 4A Division II bracket The last regular season meeting of the teams was in 1966 Both teams are now Class 3A schools. Hartsville drops down to 3A this season The Red Foxes (1-2) got back on track with a 62-20 win over Lee Central last week. Hartsville actually trailed at halftime, 20-13, but broke it open with a 35-point burst in the third quarter Running backs Ernest Wallace (32-466-4) and Eric Williams (38-334-2) are the top producers in Hartsville’s Wing-T attack Airport (1-1) is coming off a 47-13 loss to Fairfield Central.
Series history: The teams have not played in 29 years. Hartsville has won all three previous meetings with the Eagles.
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BEN LIPPEN vs. AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN
Site: Martinez, GA. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes:The game will be the second SCISA Region 1-3A outing of the season for each team. Both teams stand at 1-0 in region matters. The winner likely locks up a home playoff date Ben Lippen improved to 2-0 with a 42-7 win at Pinewood Prep last week. Tyler Renew ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Taylor Wilson caught a 61-yard scoring pass and had a 36-yard TD run. Quarterback Austin Irish had 99 yards passing and one scoring toss. Wilson also had two tackles and an interception on defense, hauled in a two-point conversion pass and averaged 49.3 yards on four punts AC bounced back from a season-opening loss to Poster-Gaud by thumping Cardinal Newman 34-3 last week in its region opener.
Series history: The Falcons finally bested the Lions last season, 42-20. It was Ben Lippen’s first triumph in six tries since AC joined the SCISA ranks in 2004.
BROOKLAND-CAYCE vs. WHITE KNOLL
Site: Wolf Den. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: White Knoll has already tallied 99 points in wins over Class 2A county foes Gilbert and Pelion. Tyrell Grant paced the T-Wolves in last week’s 43-7 rout of Gilbert by running for 123 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries. In all, WK rolled for 480 yards. Justin Rose contributed 129 rushing yards B-C fell to 0-2 last week, but had an improved effort in a 28-21 loss to Newberry Quarterback Jonathan Rumph was 10-for-15 passing for 201 yards and hooked up with sophomore B.J. DeWalt on two scoring passes. DeWalt finished with four catches for 115 yards.
Series history: The series resumes after a two-season break. White Knoll enjoys a 5-1 edge over the Bearcats, winning 41-14 in the most recent outing in 2007.
CARDINAL NEWMAN vs. BISHOP ENGLAND
Site: Jack Cantey Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The state’s two oldest Catholic high schools finally got together on the football field in 2007 in the first Hibernian Bowl The series was created at the behest of former CN coach Mike Bolchoz, a Bishop England graduate and former Bishops assistant coach Both teams are looking for their first win of the season. BE (0-2) in coming off a 38-21 loss to Hanahan, while the Cardinals dropped their second straight SCISA Region 1-3A game to Augusta Christian.
Series history: BE is 2-0 vs. the Cardinals, prevailing 28-14 in Columbia last season.
CHAPIN vs. IRMO
Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Chapin evened its record at 1-1 under first-year coach Justin Gentry with a 13-7 win last week against Swansea. Quarterback Michael Weimer had 182 yards passing and one scoring toss. Devin Lawrence had a headline game on defense for the Eagles – 10 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, one quarterback pressure and one hit that caused a fumble Irmo (2-1) bounced back from a tough road loss at Goose Creek to rip visiting Fort Dorchester 42-13 last week. Dawan Scott continue to dazzle for the Yellow Jackets, rolling up 175 yards rushing and two TDs on 29 carries. The senior go-to man now has 600 yards and 10 touchdowns on the books. Quarterback Cord Love also had a good game – going 7-for-11 passing for 102 yards and two TDs.
Series history: The school district rivals have clashed athletically in many sports through the years, especially since Chapin moved up to Class 3A status in 2004. But Friday’s game marks the first-ever varsity football meeting of the neighboring schools.
DUTCH FORK vs. LUGOFF-ELGIN
Site: Lugoff-Elgin Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Dutch Fork fell to 1-2 under new coach Tom Knotts after taking a 38-28 hit against North Augusta last week. Quarterback Justin Suber and receiver C.J. Cannon had big offensive games for the Silver Foxes. Suber had 94 yards rushing, and was 25-for-36 passing for 362 yards and one touchdown. Cannon caught 10 passes for 133 and one TD The problem was on defense when DF surrendered 465 total yards, including 309 yards through the air L-E (1-1) rebounded from a season-opening loss with an improved defensive performance in a 27-13 win over Spring Valley. The running game was potent behind Darius Custard (27-151-1) and Malik Young (16-108-1).
Series history: The series has been on hold since 1995 – the last season in which DF shareed region membership with L-E on the Class 3A level. The Demons prevailed 26-22 in the last meeting for its first win in four tries against the Silver Foxes. The Demons also had the running game going against the Vikings.
EAU CLAIRE vs. DREHER
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Shamrocks dropped back to 1-2 after last week’s 40-21 loss to A.C. Flora. Wayne Henderson leads EC is rushing (35-200), Marquise Boyan is 18-for-35 passing for 329 yards and Jordan Stuckey is the top receiver (7-150). Carlos Dubois is the top hit man on defense with 31 tackles, and Willie Alston has four sacks on the books Dreher is 0-2 under new coach Josh Stepp. The Blue Devils dropped a 42-0 decision to Columbia last week.
Series history: The Blue Devils have won 10 of the last 11 meetings to take a 16-9 lead in the series. EC’s only win vs. Dreher since 1992 came in 2007.
GILBERT vs. MID-CAROLINA
Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Gilbert (0-2) is off to a tough start on both sides of the ball. The Indians have been out-scored 77-10 to date. Of note, Collins Shirley leads the team with 31 tackles, including three stops for loss Clarence Turner’s 11-yard scoring run in the second quarter and Rhett Chapman’s PT kick accounted for all the points in M-C’s 7-0 win last week against Batesburg-Leesville. The verdict brought an end to the Rebels’ 14-game losing streak against the Panthers dating back to 1992.
Series history: The Rebels increased their series lead to 15-7 with a 27-6 win over the Indians last year.
HAMMOND vs. FLORENCE CHRISTIAN
Site: Florence. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: On paper, this is a serious mismatch. Hammond (2-0) is the four-time defending SCISA Class 3A championship, while Florence Christian, a 2A entering its fourth varsity football season, is off to an 0-2 start The Skyhawks are off to a great start, out-scoring two foes 91-9. David Dukes, B.J. Bennett and Alexander Daniels were the Hammond headliners in last week’s 49-9 rout of Wilson Hall. Dukes had eight tackles and two pass break-ups at his cornerback position. Bennett scored three touchdowns – one on a 90-yard kickoff return – and had 152 all-purpose yards. Daniels, a sophomore center, graded out at 94% and had two pancake blocks.
Series history: The teams will be meeting for the first time.
LEXINGTON vs. SPRING VALLEY
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Lexington is off to a 2-0 under new coach Scott Earley, and scored their second straight come-from-behind win last week over Blythewood (18-15). Junior Shaq Roland is at the center of things offensively for the Wildcats, scoring six of Lexington eight TDs to date The Vikings (1-2) are doing some good things under new coach Miles Aldridge, just not enough of them for the intense former college coach. Spring Valley’s double-wing running attack can be explosive as 80-yard scoring runs by Michael Israel and Tobias Young in last week’s 27-13 loss to Lugoff-Elgin.
Series history: The Vikings scored a 28-21 win last season to up their lead in the series to 20-11.
NEWBERRY vs. BATESBURG-LEESVILLE
Site: Panther Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Former B-L coach Phil Strickland makes his first visit to Panther Stadium since leaving to take the job at Gaffney in 2003. B-L went 131-24 under Strickland between 1992 and 2002, played in five Class 2A state championship games and claimed two titles. The pinnacle came in the 15-0 run to glory in 1995 Strickland’s Newberry team is off to a 1-1 start, and fresh from a 28-21 win at Brookland-Cayce in a game featuring two 180-yard rushing performances by Bulldog backs Kadeem Counts and Tyrone Neal The Panthers dropped a 7-0 decision to Mid-Carolina last week. It was B-L’s first loss to the Rebels since 1991. The decision also doomed the Panthers to their first 0-2 start since 1991.
Series history: The long-running series has been a give-and-take affair since 1929. Newberry’s 16-7 win last season allowed the Bulldogs to maintain a slight, 29-28-2 edge over B-L.
ORANGEBURG PREP vs. HEATHWOOD HALL
Site: Highlander Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: OP fell to 1-2 overall after suffering a 38-13 loss last week to Laurence Manning in its SCISA Region 2-3A debut The Highlanders, meanwhile, suffered a 42-0 loss at Porter-Gaud to fall to 0-2 Freshman Will Detwiler was 16-for-32 passing for 192 yards vs. P-G, and C.J. Miller grabbed six passes for 113 yards.
Series history: The Highlanders have dominated the Indians since OP was created by the merging of two Orangeburg-based academies – Wade Hampton and Willington. Heathwood Hall has prevailed in 13 of the 14 meetings since the series debut in 1998. OP’s only success came in 2002.
RICHLAND NE vs. LOWER RICHLAND
Site: Diamond Mine. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: RNE (2-0) is coming off a bye week after opening the season with wins over Dreher (54-7) and South Aiken (33-3) The Cavaliers new option-based attack has featured balanced contributions by Darius Paulk (34-209-2), La’Derrick Cohens (20-164-3) and Charvarius Curry-Felix (14-146-3) LR fell to 0-3 last week, put had its best showing yet in a 28-27 loss to Lakewood.
Series history: The Cavaliers have dominated the series, winning 25 of 32 meetings, RNE has won 14 of the 15 games against LR. The Diamond Hornets best stretch vs. RNE was a run of five straight wins between 1988 and 1992.
RIDGE VIEW vs. NORTHWESTERN
Site: District Three Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Trojans (2-0) are off to a flying start, scoring 83 points to date in wins over South Pointe and York. The star is senior quarterback Justin Worley, a Tennessee commitment. Worley is 50-for-73 passing for 585 yards and nine touchdowns Last year, Worley led the Trojans to the Class 4A Division II state championship game (a loss to Berkeley) after the team got off to an 0-4 start. Worley completed 392 of 585 throws for 4,366 and 42 TDs last season with only 15 interceptions The Blazers (1-1) evened their record with a dramatic 25-22 road win over Fort Mill. Nick August kicked three field goals, including the game winner from 19 yards out with seven seconds remaining Ridge View produced 189 yards rushing and 140 passing in the bounce-back win, while the defense help the potent Yellow Jackets attack to just 201 yards, 79 on the ground Quarterback Devin Kennedy completed 12 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Gary Bradshaw and Rodrick Williams combined for 146 rushing yards and a 6.0 yard average Brian Butler (10 tackles), Chauncey Bess (8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 blocked FG), Jonathan Fortune (7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 pass deflections) and Antoine Parker (7 tackles, 1 sack for safety) paced the RV defensive effort.
Series history: Northwestern is 5-0 against the Blazers under Jimmy “Moose” Wallace. Ridge View’s only success in the series came in the last meeting in 2005 – the year Wallace “retired” before coming back to rescue the program 2007.