Lou Bezjak

Week 2’s Midlands high school football picks

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Thursday

Dutch Fork at Fort Dorchester

Game moved up a day, but Silver Foxes have had week off to prepare for defending state champs.

Pick: Fort Dorchester

Hammond at Laurence Manning

Skyhawks’ offense sharp in opening win. LMA will be tougher test.

Pick: Hammond

Hartsville at Camden

Red Foxes have won 25 regular-season games in a row.

Pick: Hartsville

Lugoff-Elgin at Midland Valley

Demons looking for first back-to-back wins since 2010.

Pick: Lugoff-Elgin

Keenan at Chester

Chester’s Malik Williams is one of state’s best athletes.

Pick: Chester

Oakbrook Prep at Ben Lippen

Falcons won’t be looking ahead to next week’s matchup with Hammond.

Pick: Ben Lippen

Columbia at C.A. Johnson (Bolden Stadium)

Teams combined to score six points in their openers.

Pick: Columbia

Friday

Barnwell at Pelion

Panthers playing tough non-region schedule.

Pick: Barnwell

Batesburg-Leesville vs. Newberry at Mid-Carolina

No home game, but Bulldogs find way to get it done.

Pick: Newberry

Brookland-Cayce at Lexington

Dai’Quan Wells, Lexington’s depth the difference in this one.

Pick: Lexington

Blythewood at Fairfield Central

Bengals try and recover after last-second loss to Ridge View.

Pick: Blythewood

Cardinal Newman at Trinity-Byrnes

Cardinals look to go 3-0 for first time in more than a decade.

Pick: Cardinal Newman

Chapin at Irmo

First meeting between schools since 2011.

Pick: Irmo

Christ School (NC) at Heathwood Hall

Highlanders’ offense tries to get back on track after blowout loss last week.

Pick: Heathwood Hall

Gray Collegiate at Dreher (Memorial Stadium)

Blue Devils have talented offensive trio in Campbell, Washington and Salters

Pick: Dreher

Eau Claire at Edisto

Edisto has longest losing streak in the state.

Pick: Eau Claire

Gilbert at River Bluff

Gators try to slow down Midlands’ leading rusher, Catriez Cook.

Pick: Gilbert

Lower Richland at Airport

Points won’t be a problem in this matchup.

Pick: Airport

Mid-Carolina at Saluda

Rebels let one slip away against Chapin last week.

Pick: Mid-Carolina

Ninety Six at Ridge View

No hangover for Blazers after last week’s dramatic win.

Pick: Ridge View

Richland Northeast at Spring Valley

Running games will dominate this matchup.

Pick: Richland Northeast

South Aiken at Swansea

Thoroughbreds have given up just 14 points in two games this season.

Pick: South Aiken

Saturday

Westwood at South Florence

Redhawks look to bounce back after loss to Westside.

Pick: Westwood

Last Week: 19-2

Season: 39-6

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