BROOKLAND-CAYCE vs. BATESBURG-LEESVILLE
Site: Panther Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Quarterback Jonathan Rumph had 116 yards passing and 52 yards rushing in last week’s loss to Columbia that dropped B-C to 0-4. The Bearcats defense allowed 516 yards (304 by air) in the 48-0 setback Tyrelle Leaphart was the headliner in B-L’s 42-20 win over Saluda, rushing for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Ricky Adams scored two TDs – one on a 99-yard kickoff return. Antonio Butler, who leads the team with three sacks on defense, retuned an onside kick for a touchdown to close out the scoring. The Panthers stand at 2-2 entering its final non-region test.
Series history: The series actually began in 1931, but Friday’s game marks only the 15th meetings of the two country teams and the first since 1983. B-C enjoys an 8-4-2 edge over the Panthers.
CAMDEN vs. ANDREW JACKSON
Site: Volunteer Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: AJ (2-2) is coming off a 21-19 loss to St. John’s. The Volunteers are coached by former Lower Richland boss David Moore, who is fifth different head coach in Kershaw since 2007 The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 and ended a four-game losing streak to archrival Lugoff-Elgin by downing the Demons 20-10 last week on the road in front of an overflow crowd Offensively, Camden had enviable balance. Jo Jo Brevard ran for 139 yards and one touchdown, Dillon Morrow passed for 211 yards and one score and Alvonta’ Jenkins had five catches for 102 yards and one TD. The defense limited L-E to a meager 32 yards rushing Sheldon Wright and Hamid Mathis are off to great starts on the defensive side. Wright is credited with 27 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 7 TFL, while Mathis is at 27 tackles, 4 sacks and 7 TFL.
Series history: Camden had won seven in a row, 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Volunteers. The Bulldogs own a commanding 15-5 lead in the series.
CHAPIN vs. MID-CAROLINA
Site: Lon Armstrong Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m..
Game notes: Mid-Carolina blasted Dreher 40-13 last week to improve to 4-0. It’s the best season start for the Rebels in 15 years. Clarence Turner spearheaded a 515-yard rushing attack against the 3A Blue Devils, dashing for 189 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Quarterback Kendal Lathrop had two scoring passes and one scoring run. On defense, Martez Wadsworth had five tackles, including two stops for loss Quarterback Michael Weimer was 19-for-34 passing for 235 yards in a 24-21 win over Newberry that evened Chapin’s record at 2-2. Weimer had one scoring pass and two TD runs, but Forest Deans' 34-yard field goal with six seconds remaining accounted for the decisive points Mason Zandy has been a big-play man on defense for the Eagles. He has 15 tackles, 7 quarterback pressures, 4 TFL, 1 sack and 2 fumble recoveries on the books.
Series history: Chapin has won 11 in a row against the neighboring Rebels and boasts a 36-14 lead in the series since 1961.
COLUMBIA vs. WADE HAMPTON
Site: Greenville. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Wade Hampton is off to a 4-0 start, and is averaging 47.8 points a game. Generals quarterback Capers Williamson has thrown for 718 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions Columbia breezed by Brookland-Cayce 48-0 last week to improve to 3-1. Ky Tyler was the offensive star, hitting 12 of 22 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, and running for 55 yards, one TD and one two-point conversion Carnell Muller and McArtha Tyhompson were the defensive standouts. Muller had 10 tackles, caused one fumbles and had two fumble recoveries. Thompson had eight tackles, two sacks and caused two fumbles. Thompson chipped in a scoring run and three PAT kicks on the other side.
Series history: The Capitals make a rare, long regular-season trip to take on the Class 3A Generals for the first time. Columbia, in fact, is playing in Greenville County for the first time since 1964.
DREHER vs. FAIRFIELD CENTER
Site: E.K. McLendon Stadium. Time: 8 p.m.
Game notes: Dreher dropped to 0-4 under first-year coach Josh Stepp with a 40-13 loss last week to unbeaten Mid-Carolina. The Blue Devils tied the score at 6-6 in the first quarter when quarterback Tyrek Outler hooked up with Josh Wilkins for a 47-yard scoring play on a screen pass ... Coming off a bye week, FC improved to 4-0 with a tough 28-14 win at Crestwood. Quarterback Danny Miller was 10-for-17 passing for 135 yards and two TDs, Chris Alston caught five passes for 121 yards and two scores and the Griffins balanced running game produced 203 yards (6.5 yards per carry) Ralph Cooper was stellar on defense, ringing up 22 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 caused fumble and 1 fumble recovery.
Series history: The series resumes after a two-season break. The Griffins have blown out the Blue Devils in all four previous meetings.
GILBERT vs. SWANSEA
Site: Doug Bennett Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Gilbert dropped a heartbreaking 24-21 decision last week to county rival Pelion on a late field goal. The Indians (0-4) are off to their worst start in seven years. Clark Mathias had a solid game with 173 yards rushing and two scoring runs on 28 carries The problem was the offense did not score in the second half, and the defense surrendered 10 fourth-quarter points The Tigers (2-2) were felled 37-0 by unbeaten A.C. Flora, surrendering 338 yards to the Falcons running game.
Series history: This has always been a streaky series. Gilbert has been ascendant of late, winning the last four meetings. Swansea has a 19-10 advantage since the first encounter in 1972.
HAMMOND vs. BEN LIPPEN
Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Despite heavy graduation losses, Ben Lippen is off to a great start, winning four in a row out of the starting gate, including two SCISA.Region 1-3A triumphs. If the Falcons win, they will be the region’s No. 1 playoff seed and at least the region co-champion The Falcons blanked C.A. Johnson 24-0 in a cross-over game last week. Quarterback Austin Irish threw two touchdown passes and ran the other TD. Taylor Wilson was busy and productive. The versatile senior caught three passes for 43 yards and two scores, had one punt for 42 yards, eight tackles and one interception on defense BL was a passing team in Reggie Shaw’s first two seasons at the helm, but the Falcons are a run-first outfit this season – averaging 286.8 yards by land per game. Tyler Renew leads the way with 768 yards and eight TDs on 114 totes so far Hammond survived a spirited challenge on the road last week by Orangeburg Prep, and improved to 4-0 with a 21-6 win B.J. Bennett was the offensive headliner – running for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Offensive lineman Kris Simmons graded out at 91% and had three pancake blocks On defense, Joseph McDougal was simply outstanding with 15 tackles, 4 TFL as the Skyhawks allowed OP a net of negative 14 yards on the ground, 137 yards overall. Weston Verner (10 tackles) and Luke Chappell (8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1.5 sacks) also played well.
Series history: The Skyhawks are 5-1 against the Falcons under Erik Kimrey, but the last two meetings have been tense, entertaining give-and-take affairs. Ben Lippen stunned Hammond on their home field, 33-26, in 2008. Hammond gained a measure of revenge with a hard-fought 24-21 win at home last season.
HEATHWOOD HALL vs. ST. JOSEPH’S
Site: Greenville. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: The Highlanders (0-4) are off to their worst start in 26 years. Offensively, Heathwood Hall is improving, but the defense has surrendered more than 40 points in every game so far Freshman quarterback Will Detwiler was 19-for-24 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns kin last week’s loss to Wilson Hall. For the season, the rookie is 68-for-122 passing for 800 yards and seven TDs. C.J. Miller leads the receivers with 18 catches for 240 yards and two scores ... The ground game has been virtually non-existent – zero touchdowns and an per-carry average gain of just 1.0 yards ... St. Joseph's is coming off a historic 30-17 win over Thomas Jefferson Academy (NC) for its first varsity football triumph.
Series history: This is the first football meeting of the former SCISA region rivals. The Knights from Greenville are in their first season of varsity football and their first year of membership in the High School League.
IRMO vs. AIKEN
Site: Hagood Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Irmo (4-1) is coming off a 45-28 spanking of Lexington behind the exploits of running back Dawan Scott, who ran for 295 yards and three touchdowns. The senior go-to guy has already amassed 980 yards rushing and scored 15 touchdowns ... Center Hunter Gray (91%) and left tackle Shaquille Counts (93%) earned high grades in the Lexington game The passing game is also picking up steam. Quarterback Cord Love is 35-for-68 for 485 yards and six touchdowns with just two interceptions. David Frazier is the top receiver with 18 catches for 321 yards and four TDs Aiken (3-1) suffered its first loss of the last last week, falling 28-14 to Richland Northeast.
Series history: Irmo’s 41-10 romp over the Green Hornets last season even the series at 10 wins apiece..
KEENAN vs. SUMTER
Site: Memorial Stadium, Sumter. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Keenan has lost three in a row since opening the season with a win over Blackville-Hilda. It is the longest Raiders losing skid since Mitch Moton took command in 2008. Last week Keenan played host Airport to a 14-14 draw in the first half, but the Eagles dominated after the break on the way to a 41-14 win The 4A Gamecocks are also struggling in the early going. Sumter also fell to 1-3 last week in the wake of a 35-14 loss to North Augusta.
Series history: The teams have met one previously, 39 years ago. Keenan was an 18-10 winner in a bonus Week 11 game. In those days, teams had the option of playing one added regular season game if they did not make the state playoff cut. The first Raider-Gamecock clash was one of those bonus games.
LAURENCE MANNING vs. CARDINAL NEWMAN
Site: George Watson Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: LMA (3-1) is sure to be in a foul mood after suffering its first loss of the season last week – a 26-14 decision to Augusta Christian in Georgia The Cardinals showed improvement last week, despite dropping to 0-4. CN spotted Pinewood Prep a 21-0 lead, but rallied to take the lead, 23-21. The Cards, however, could not seal the deal. The host Panthers scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to escape with its second win in four tires Rico Martinez and Tommy Winterstein were the CN leaders. Winterstein hooked up with Martinez on a 73-yard scoring pass, and had one touchdown run. Martinez later put the Cards in front with a 68-yard interception return score Kyle Maitland kicked a field goal and two extra points.
LEXINGTON vs. DUTCH FORK
Site: DF Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: It will be a battle between new-look teams under new head coaches Lexington (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season last week – a 45-28 decision against Irmo. Dutch Fork (3-2) is coming off a 31-14 win against White Knoll Against Irmo last week, Shaq Roland scored two touchdowns, upping his season scoring total to 80 points, and grabbed for passes for 119 yards, Kevin Miller ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Will Hunter was 12-for-23 for 192 yards and one TD. Matt Bowman earned the high grade on defense (82%) with six tackles, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery and 1 sack Dutch Fork’s offensive leaders include quarterback Justin Suber, running back Brandon Quattlebaum and receivers C.J. Cannon and Shaq Price. Suber has 404 yards and three touchdowns by land and is 68-for-123 passing for 878 yards and six TDs. Quattlebaum has run for 456 yards and eight scores on 82 carries and has 12 pass receptions for 186 yards. Cannon has 28 catches for 332 yards and five TDs, while Price has 14 grabs for 223 yards Jared Pryor is the Silver Foxes star on defense with 74 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Paul Bynoe has bee strong in the secondary with 30 tackles, 2 interceptions and 4 pass break-ups.
Series history: Lexington has won three in a row from the Silver Foxes and leads the series 7-3 since the first meeting in 1998.
LUGOFF-ELGIN vs. WHITE KNOLL
Site: WolfDen. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: After opening the game with an impressive scoring drive, the Lugoff-Elgin offense virtually disappeared kin last week’s 20-10 loss to cross-river rival Camden. In the end, the Demons managed only 160 yards on the attack, just 32 by land The Timberwolves had a similar experience vs. Dutch Fork. WK (3-1) jumped up to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but struggled the rest of the way on the way to its first loss of the season. The T-Wolves finished with just 170 rushing yards vs. their first 4A opponent of the season.
Series history: L-E scored a 34-0 win last season and leads the series 3-1. White Knoll’s lone success was a 31-28 win in 2007.
ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON vs. RICHLAND NE
Site: Harry Parone Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Quarterback Cyril Davis burned Ridge View for 330 passing yards and four touchdowns in O-W’s 42-21 win at Blythewood Stadium. The Bruins (2-2) are back to the Northeast again, this time at newly renovated Harry Parone Stadium to take on the unbeaten Cavaliers RNE improved to 4-0 a week ago with a 28-14 win over Aiken. Five runners contributed to the Cavs’ 211-yard rushing attack. Darius Paulk was the lead, dashing for 114 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. Charvarius Curry-Felix had two short TD runs and a 96-yard kickoff return to open the game RNE is averaging 292 yards rushing a game, gaining 6.4 yards a pop.
Series history: RNE now has a 12-8 edge in the series, thanks to four straight wins over the Bruins. The Cavaliers rolled to a 36-6 triumph last season
RIDGE VIEW vs. LANCASTER
Site: Memorial Stadium, Lancaster. Time: 7:30 p.m..
Game notes: Ridge View had its best offensive game of the season last week. Unfortunately, the Blazers defense hit the low point of the campaign to date – yielding 543 total yards in a 42-21 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson that left them sitting at 1-3 Devin Kennedy had 142 yards passing and one scoring throw. Gary Bradshaw paced a 210-yard rushing attack with 140 yards and one TD on 14 carries.
Series history: Lancaster has won two in a row from the Blazers to assume a 5-3 lead in the series..
ROCK HILL vs. BLYTHEWOOD
Site: Blythewood Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Rock Hill (3-1) is coming off a 27-0 loss to cross-town rival South Pointe. It was the first shutout loss for the Bearcats since a 13-0 setback against South Pointe in 2007 The Bengals (1-3) suffered their third loss in a row last week – falling 36-24 to Northwestern in Rock Hill. Blythewood running game continued to struggle against the Trojans, finishing with a net of only 88 yards on the ground and a 2.5-yard average per carry Quarterback Demetric Gray was 15-for-31 passing for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Damar Hall grabbed seven passes for 127 yards and two scores.
Series history: Rock Hill has won big in the two previous encounters with the Bengals. The Bearcats rolled 50-21 last season.
SALUDA vs. A.C. FLORA
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Saluda has lost three in a row after opening the season with a win over neighboring Ridge Spring-Monetta. The Tigers had a good offensive night in a 42-21 loss at Batesburg-Leesville – rolling up 222 yards on the ground, 321 overall. Devontay Weaver led the way with 123 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries A.C. Flora improved to 4-0 with a 37-0 win at Swansea last week and can match its best season start in 36 years with another win this week The Falcons humbled Swansea with a 388-yard rushing performance. Edward Kirkland (112 yards) and Sterling Mitchell (102) both went of the century mark, while quarterback Mark Cagle and Andrew Pollard combined for 134 more rushing yards.
Series history: The series resumes for the first time since 2003. Flora 28-22 win over the Tigers in the last encounter upped its series lead to 4-2.