Lou Bezjak

Midlands High School Football Playoff capsules


Fort Dorchester (12-1) at Dutch Fork (13-0)

Players to Watch – FD: QB Dakereon Joyner, WR Adonicas Sanders; DF: RB Ron Hoff, WR Bobby Irby

Notes: Dutch Fork leads series 3-0, including 35-22 win on Sept. 1. … Dutch Fork looking for fourth championship appearance in last five years. … Fort Dorchester is looking for second straight title appearance. … Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner is the No. 1 ranked QB in the state for Class of 2018 and has offers from South Carolina and Clemson among others. Joyner is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,389 yards and 42 TDs. He also has rushed for 915 yards and 11 TDs. … Adonicas Sanders leads Fort Dorchester with 56 catches for 1,300 yards and 19 TDs. WRs Justin Williams (920) and Raquan Simmons (943) also are closing in on 1,000 yard receiving seasons. … Dutch Fork defense is allowing 131 yards passing per game. … Dutch Fork running back Ron Hoff has at least two rushing TDs in seven of his last eight games. … Dutch Fork QB Reese Nichols averages 239 yards of total offense per game. .. DF’s Dylan Oliver leads team with 28 tackles for loss. … Dutch Fork WR Austin Connor (ankle) likely out for Friday’s game.

Hartsville (12-1) at Chapin (11-2)

Internet: www.chapinfootball.net

Players to Watch – H: RB Tiyon Evans, LB Logan Carpenter; C: WR Xzavion Gordon, QB Cooper Bemis

Notes: First meeting between two teams. … First state semifinal appearance for Chapin since 1985. Chapin’s last state semifinal win came in 1974 against Wren. … Chapin QBs Cooper Bemis and Trad Beatty each threw for more than 100 yards last week against North Myrtle Beach. Bemis is 79 yards passing shy of 2,000 yards on season, while Beatty went over 1,000 yards last week. … Chapin offense is averaging 381 yards a game. … Xzavion Gordon leads Chapin with 1,085 yards receiving and 13 TDs. … Hartsville is averaging 45.3 points and 358 yards rushing per game. … Tiyon Evans leads Hartsville with 1,805 yards rushing and 26 TDs. … Hartsville QB AJ Joyner hasn’t thrown an interception in 72 attempts this year. … Hartsville is 62-5 since 2012. … Cam Liles leads Chapin with five interceptions. … Chapin’s Nick Price has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this year.

Chapman (10-3) at Newberry (10-3)

Radio: 1240 AM

Players to Watch – C: QB Colton Bailey, RB DJ Twitty; N: RB Amir Abrams, QB Tyriq Goodman

Notes: Newberry leadsseries 5-1, including 28-27 victory on Oct. 21. …Newberry has won six straight home games and 10 straight home playoff games. … Newberry running back Amir Abrams rushed for 350 yards and five touchdowns last week against Palmetto. For the season, he has rushed for 2,228 yards and 34 total TDs. In his career, he has 3,694 yards rushing and 60 total TDs. … Newberry is looking for its third straight state championship trip and is 3-4 all-time in state semifinal games. … Chapman is making third state semifinal appearance in last 10 years and first since 2013. … Chapman running back and Division I prospect DJ Twitty rushed for 219 yards last week against Powdersville. … Chapman quarterback Colton Bailey has thrown for 3,269 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. … As a team, Chapman is averaging 498 yards of offense per game.

Dillon (12-1) at Brookland-Cayce (12-1)

Radio/Internet: 1620 AM/www.thedove1620.com

Players to Watch – D: QB Brayden Hawkins, RB Johnny Allen; B-C: DL Tay Pringle, RB Rasheed Taylor

Notes: Second meeting between two teams. Dillon defeated B-C, 54-13, in the 2002 playoffs. … B-C is making its first semifinal appearance since 1987. … B-C’s defense has picked off 29 passes and returned 10 for touchdowns this season. … B-C quarterback Reed Charpia has thrown for 2,150 yards and 18 TDs. … B-C has outscored opponents, 301-85, in the first half. … Dillon is making its ninth straight semifinal appearance and has won four straight state championships. … Dillon is 40-1 since 2014 with its lone loss coming in this year’s season opener against Mallard Creek (N.C.). … Dillon quarterback Brayden Hawkins, who transferred from York, has thrown for 2,080 yards and 26 TDs this year. … Dillon running back Johnny Allen has rushed for 1,479 yards and 22 TDs after missing last season following an ATV accident. … Dillon has outscored opponents, 579-151, this year.

Batesburg-Leesville (9-4) at Barnwell (12-1)

Radio/Internet: WBLR 103.3 FM, 1430 AM and www.palmettosportscast.com

Players to Watch – B-L: QB Bishop Cannon, RB Tyreek Tolen; B: Marcus McKethan, Earl Bostick

Notes: Batesburg-Leesville leads all-time series, 11-2, but Barnwell won 20-6 on Nov. 4. … B-L is 7-1 on road, including three wins in the playoffs, this year and Barnwell 6-0 at home. … B-L running back Tyreek Tolen rushed for 296 yards and 4 TDs last week against Bamberg-Ehrhardt and has rushed for 1,657 yards this season. He has eight TDs in playoffs … Batesburg-Leesville running attack is averaging 7 yards a carry. … Barnwell defense is giving up just 8.5 points a game. Barnwell allowed just 120 yards in last week’s win over Carvers Bay. … B-L defense has forced 27 turnovers this year. … Barnwell running backs Anton Buxton and Mykal Lee each have rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season. … Batesburg-Leesville has plus-7 turnover margin in playoffs after minus-1 margin in regular season. B-L has scored 49 points off turnovers in postseason. ... Barnwell is state semifinals for first time since 2000.