A.C. Flora vs. Midland Valley
Site: Bolden Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: A.C. Flora (6-1, 2-0) took over sole possession of first place in Region 5-3A thanks to last week’s 48-24 showdown win at Airport. It was the fifth win in a row for the Falcons, who are averaging 43.6 points during the recent roll. ACF had a 20-0 lead, and withstood a brief Airport rally in the second quarter that cut the deficit to 20-14. Stephen Cagle’s 8-yard scoring pass to Tenorio Johnson with 17 second left in the first half restored order for the Falcons. Airport was never closer than 11 points the first of the way. In the end, ACF finished with 565 offensive yards. RJ Joyner paced the 327-yard ground attack with 101 yards on 17 carries. Cagle was 13-for-22 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson had five catches for 101 yards and two TDs. Daquan Miller (96%, 3 pancake blocks) and Max Reeder (95%, 5 pancakes) were stellar up front. On defense, LB Abel Delfin had nine tackles, three TFL and one sack. Donte Lovett is the team’s season tackle leader with 76 stops Midland Valley (1-6, 0-2) has lost three in a row and is coming off a 28-21 home loss to Dreher.
Series history: A 28-21 win last season gave Flora a 2-1 lead in the series.
Lower Richland vs. Airport
Site: The Diamond Mine. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Airport (6-1, 1-1) is looking to bounce back from a 49-24 loss to A.C. Flora and stay in the hunt for a first-round home date in the first round of the state playoffs. The Eagles managed just 265 offensive yards, while the Airport defense took a 565-yard hit from the potent Falcons. QB Kelvin Harris had 81 yards rushing and 66 passing in the loss Lower Richland (2-5, 1-1) is coming off a 24-20 loss to Brookland-Cayce.
Series history: Airport has won two in a row and seven of the last nine meetings to assume an 8-7 lead in the series.
Dreher vs. Brookland-Cayce
Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Dreher (2-5, 1-1) bagged its first region win since 2009 – a 28-21 decision at Midland Valley - thanks to a game-winning scoring drive in the fourth quarter after host Mustangs tied the score at 21 with 8:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. It took Dreher less than three minutes to counter on a 39-yard scoring pass from Joe Fennessy to Josh Wilkins. Fennessy went 12-for-19 passing for 149 yards and also had 41 yards rushing. The offensive headliner was RB Devin Barnes, who rumbled for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. Reggie Shivers (10 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack) and Kwayshon Drayton (9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries) were the standouts in defense Brookland-Cayce (2-5, 1-1) evened its Region 5-3A slate with a 24-20 win against Lower Richland. Neither school provided additional information.
Series history: Brookland-Cayce dumped the Blue Devils 28-20 a year ago to expand its series lead to 10-5.
Darlington vs. Camden
Site: James Welch Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Camden (2-5, 0-2) is facing a must-win situation in Region 6-3A play or face the very real prospect of missing the state for the first time since 2006. The Bulldogs suffered a 28-3 loss at Hartsville last week, and produced just 116 offensive yards Darlington (1-6, 0-2) is coming off a 40-21 region loss to Lakewood. The Falcons need a win as badly as do the Bulldogs.
Series history: Camden prevailed 35-25 a year ago for its fourth win in five tries against the Falcons.
Chapin vs. Blue Ridge
Site: Cecil Woolbright Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Chapin (3-4, 1-1) dropped a bitter 17-16 Region 3-3A decision at Union County last week, despite a 243-yard rushing attack led by Robie Lopez (20-106-0) and Matt Hite (14-78-2). QB Matt Charpia suffered an injury and was replaced by his brother, Barrett. Devin Lawrence had 12 tackles, upping his season total to 119 Blue Ridge (6-1, 1-1) blew a 28-13 lead through three quarters and suffered a 29-28 home loss to Clinton. The Fighting Tigers surrendered a touchdown and a decisive two-point conversion with less than a minute to go in the game.
Series history: Chapin nipped the Fighting Tigers 17-14 in the first meeting of the teams last season.