Lou Bezjak

Week 3’s Midlands high school football picks

Richland Northeast hosts Lower Richland this week
Richland Northeast hosts Lower Richland this week Special to The State

Thursday’s game

North at C.A. Johnson (Bolden Stadium): North carries 17-game losing streak into game.

Pick: C.A. Johnson

Friday’s games

A.C. Flora at Lugoff-Elgin: L-E eyes third win in a row; Falcons looking for first.

Pick: A.C. Flora

Airport at Gilbert: Indians have been a surprise and will have to play freshman QB next several weeks.

Pick: Airport

Batesburg-Leesville at Mid-Carolina: Panthers are 33-9 all-time against Rebels.

Pick: Batesburg-Leesville

Camden at Cheraw: Bulldogs must defend the run better this week.

Pick: Camden

Dreher at River Bluff: Gators coming off back-to-back 21-17 losses.

Pick: River Bluff

Dutch Fork at Summerville: No. 1 Silver Foxes make second trip in a row to Lowcountry.

Pick: Dutch Fork


Fairfield Central vs. Ridge View (at Spirit Communications Park): Fourth different venue for Ridge View in unbeaten start to season.

Pick: Ridge View

Hammond at Ben Lippen: Falcons can make statement by stopping Skyhawks’ 27-game winning streak.

Pick: Hammond

Heathwood Hall at Pinewood Prep: Pinewood has allowed 18 points over first three games.

Pick: Pinewood Prep

Irmo at Laurens: Yellow Jackets’ two losses by combined four points.

Pick: Irmo

Keenan at White Knoll: Timberwolves come back strong after bye week.

Pick: White Knoll

Lamar at Eau Claire (Bolden Stadium): Silver Foxes have looked like Class As No. 1 team in first three games.

Pick: Lamar

Laurence Manning at Cardinal Newman: Cardinals had extra week to get ready for LMA.

Pick: Laurence Manning

Lee Central at Columbia (Memorial Stadium): Stallions 2-0 against Midlands teams this year.

Pick: Lee Central

Lower Richland at Richland Northeast: Cavaliers coming off heart-breaking loss to Spring Valley.

Pick: Richland Northeast

Newberry at Chapin: All of Chapin’s games have been decided by three points.

Pick: Chapin

North Augusta at Lexington: Wildcats look to break out of early-season funk.

Pick: Lexington

Spring Valley at Sumter: Biggest test of season for unbeaten Spring Valley.

Pick: Sumter

Timmonsville at North Central: Teams have split meetings over past two years.

Pick: North Central

Westwood at Blythewood: Battle for the Axe awaits between Richland 2 rivals

Pick: Blythewood

Last Week: 14-7

Season: 53-13