Lou Bezjak

Week 1’s Midlands high school football picks

Chapin plays at Mid-Carolina this week, while River Bluff heads to Lugoff-Elgin.
Chapin plays at Mid-Carolina this week, while River Bluff heads to Lugoff-Elgin. Special to The State

Thursday’s game

Lexington at A.C. Flora: Wildcats’ defense forced four turnovers in opening win.

Pick: Lexington

Friday’s games

Ben Lippen at Heathwood Hall: Falcons looked good in the less than a quarter they played last week.

Pick: Ben Lippen

Blythewood at Ridge View: Blazers have lost 12 in a row to Bengals.

Pick: Ridge View

Brookland-Cayce at Airport: Rivals have split past four meetings.

Pick: Airport

Gray Collegiate at Calhoun County: Terrence Brunson and Cam Johnson tough 1-2 combo for Calhoun.

Pick: Calhoun County

Cardinal Newman at Orangeburg Prep: Both teams coming off big wins in openers.

Pick: Cardinal Newman

Camden at North Central: Bulldogs were impressive in opening win over L-E.

Pick: Camden

Chapin at Mid-Carolina: Eagles’ defense looks to turn things around against Rebels.

Pick: Chapin

Columbia at Dreher: Blue Devils have won four consecutive in the series.

Pick: Dreher

Gilbert at Batesburg-Leesville: Game features two of area’s top backs in Gilbert’s Cook and B-L’s Tolen.

Pick: Gilbert

JL Mann at Irmo: Yellow Jackets look to bounce back after overtime loss in Week 0.

Pick: Irmo

Keenan at Fairfield Central: Griffins have won past four meetings by at least 20 points.

Pick: Fairfield Central

Lee Central at Eau Claire: Stallions look for second consecutive win over Midlands team.

Pick: Lee Central

Newberry at Ninety Six: Ground game, led by Amir Abrams, gets it done for Bulldogs.

Pick: Newberry

Pelion at Wagener-Salley: Panthers try to avoid second consecutive 0-2 start.

Pick: Wagener-Salley

River Bluff at Lugoff-Elgin: Gators look to continue momentum after emotional win last week.

Pick: River Bluff

Spartanburg Christian at Hammond: Skyhawks begin season on a 25-game winning streak.

Pick: Hammond

Spring Valley at Lower Richland: Vikings have won past six meetings and haven’t allowed more than 16 points to Diamond Hornets.

Pick: Spring Valley

Swansea at Richland Northeast: Cavs hosting lone on-campus home game of season.

Pick: Richland Northeast

Westside at Westwood: Westside’s offense will be tough to stop.

Pick: Westside

White Knoll at South Aiken: Timberwolves go for sweep of Aiken schools.

Pick: South Aiken

Last Week: 20-4

Season: 20-4