Lou Bezjak

Friday’s high school football stars ... and a sneak peek at next week’s top games

Amir Abrams of Newberry High School
Amir Abrams of Newberry High School tglantz@thestate.com

Friday’s stars from Week 1

Lexington defense – Wildcats held A.C. Flora to 148 yards for first shutout since 2014.

Trajan Jeffcoat, Irmo – Defensive end had four sacks in win over J.L. Mann.

Amir Abrams, Newberry – Running back rushed for 205 yards and two scores against Keenan.

Julian Jackson and Carlos Aponte, Gray Collegiate – Two running backs combined for four touchdowns and each rushed for more than 100 yards with Jackson going for 127 and Aponte 116. It’s the first time in school history Gray had two backs rush for more than 100 yards in one game.

Charles Simons and JaQuain Hills, Richland Northeast – Simons threw for 252 yards and two TDs both to Hills, who finished with 204 yards receiving.

Looking ahead

A look at some of the top matchups in the Midlands for Week 2:

Fort Dorchester at Dutch Fork – Most anticipated game in the Midlands this year and matches No. 1 vs. No. 2 ranked teams in Class 5A. Gamecocks fans can get a glimpse of USC commit and Fort D quarterback Dakereon Joyner.

Lexington at Brookland-Cayce – Bearcats won last year’s meeting with goal-line stand.

Irmo at Chapin – Both teams are 2-0 and feature big-time playmakers on offense and defense.

Richland Northeast at Spring Valley – Sword and Saber Trophy on the line for two teams who play at Harry Parone Stadium. They will try to match a four-overtime thriller from last year.

Laurence Manning at Hammond – Two of top SCISA 3A programs go at it. Skyhawks were impressive in their opener and are coming off a bye.