Looking at this week’s top high school football games in the Midlands and picking winners for the third week of the playoffs.
Batesburg-Leesville (7-5) at Barnwell (11-1)
Players to Watch: B-L: Bishop Cannon, DB Keshaun Williams; BA: RB Mykal Lee, Brandon Harvey
Notes: Second meeting of year between teams and second consecutive year the teams have met in the playoffs. War Horses won, 44-41, on Oct. 6 after rallying from 21-point deficit. … B-L’s Tay Wilson needs 65 yards for 1,000 on the season. … Barnwell’s Mykal Lee and Brandon Harvey each have rushed for more than 1,000 yards. … B-L has won eight consecutive road playoff games.
Brookland-Cayce (8-4) at Timberland (9-3)
Players to Watch: B-C: QB Reed Charpia, RB Rasheed Taylor; T: JacQuez Mitchell, RB Roger Gibbs
Notes: First meeting between the teams. … B-C looking to make it to its second consecutive Lower State title game. … Timberland has won seven straight after a 2-3 start and outscored its opponents, 239-54. … B-C’s Rasheed Taylor has 23 TDs.
Dillon (12-0) at Gilbert (12-0)
Players to Watch: D: DB Tyquan Porter, RB Jalen Williams; G: WR Manny Bright, RB Cody Temples
Notes: First meeting. … Gilbert is in the third round of the playoffs for first time since 1992. … Dillon’s Tyquan Porter has 10 interceptions and is a Shrine Bowl selection. … Dillon has won at least 10 games in 16 consecutive seasons and played in five consecutive state title games. … Gilbert is averaging 494 yards of offense per game. … Indians RB DeAndre Cook needs 55 yards for 1,000.
Emerald (9-3) at Fairfield Central (9-3)
Players to Watch: E: RB Keshawn Settles, Treshawn Chamberlin; FC: LB Dorian Glenn, RB Tony Ruff
Notes: First meeting. … Fairfield has won seven consecutive games with the past three by seven points or less. … Emerald’s Keshawn Settles rushed for 396 yards and five touchdowns last week against Broome.
Pick: Fairfield Central
Lower Richland (7-5) at Hartsville (11-1)
Players to Watch: QB Tevaughn Higgins, LB Malich Jacobs; H: RB Tiyon Evans, QB AJ Joyner
Notes: Ninth meeting and first since 2005. … Hartsville leads series, 6-2. … Lower Richland rallied from a 24-point second-half deficit and won on a Hail Mary from Tevaughn Higgins to Keonta Jacobs on the final play to defeat Myrtle Beach last week. … Hartsville running back Tiyon Evans has 1,552 yards rushing and 22 TDs. … LR quarterback Tevaughn Higgins has 744 yards of total offense and 11 TDs in the Diamond Hornets’ first two playoff wins.
Pick: Lower Richland
Spring Valley (11-1) at Fort Dorchester (12-0)
Players to Watch: SV: QB Quincy Hill, LB Channing Tindall; FD: QB Dakereon Joyner
Notes: Fort Dorchester won the previous meeting, 28-14, in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. … SV’s Quincy Hill, Jacquez Terrell and Jaylon Morris have combined for 2,241 yards rushing . … Fort Dorchester quarterback and South Carolina commit Dakereon Joyner has 2,856 yards total offense and 44 total TDs . … Fort Dorchester receivers Justin Williams and Raquan Simmons have combined for 25 TD catches. … SV trying to win its 12th game for the seventh time in school history and first since 2013.
Pick: Spring Valley
Summerville (9-2) at Dutch Fork (10-1)
Players to Watch: S: Shaq Davis, OL Jackson Hutto; DF: RB/WR Bryce Thompson, LB Alex Smith
Notes: Dutch Fork leads series, 4-0, including two victories last year. … Teams were supposed to play in the regular season on Sept. 8, but it was canceled because of Hurricane Irma. … A victory would give DF coach Tom Knotts his 90th victory at Dutch Fork and 386th overall. A victory also would be the 199th in Dutch Fork history. … Silver Foxes are averaging 48.7 points per game and giving up 12.6. … Bryce Thompson has scored at least three TDs in eight consecutive games and has 35 for the season, seven off Matt Colburn’s single-season mark of 42.
Pick: Dutch Fork
Wardlaw Academy (12-0) vs. Northside Christian (7-5)
Players to Watch: WA: RB Will Padgett, QB Britt Gosset; NC: Chris Rhone, Noah Powell
Notes: SCISA 8-Man Division II championship. … Northside is making its first appearance in the championship game in just its second year of playing football. Crusaders will be moving to 11-man football next year. … The Crusaders’ two playoff wins have come by a combined 10 points. … Wardlaw is averaging 59 points per game and looking for its second consecutive title.
Laurence Manning (10-2) vs. Hammond (11-0)
Players to Watch: LMA: WR Taylor Lee, QB Braydon Osteen; H: QB Corbett Glick, DL Jordan Burch
Notes: SCISA 3A championship game. … Second meeting of season. Hammond won 35-21 on Sept. 1. … Hammond is going for 15th state title. … Hammond QB Corbett Glick needs 24 yards for 3,000 yards passing. … Alex Huntley and Ben Ginsberg are tied for the Hammond lead in sacks with 7. … WR Lucas Prickett needs 11 yards for 1,300 receiving.
Last Week: 8-3