High School Football

Football preview: Week 1’s top Midlands matchups

Ben Lippen (1-0) at Hammond (0-0)

LAST MEETING: 2014, Hammond 28-14 (playoffs)

PLAYERS TO WATCH – BL: RB/WR Cole Owens, QB Patrick McClure, DT/C Cullen Carlin; H: QB Graham Smith, RB Malik Bennett, C Davis Ulmer

NOTES: Season opener for Hammond. … Skyhawks won both meetings against Ben Lippen last year. … Ben Lippen defense held Orangeburg Prep to 124 yards of offense last week.

Blythewood (1-0) at Ridge View (0-0)

LAST MEETING: 2014, Blythewood 36-0

PLAYERS TO WATCH – B: QB David Israel, CB Khris Pam, DE Armon Bosier; RV: QB D’Marco Zeigler, QB/ATH Jaylen Nelson, DB Dinichie Ashe

NOTES: First of two meetings between two schools. Second one will be Nov. 6 and count in the region standings. … Blythewood won both games last season by a combined score of 56-5. … Perry Parks makes debut as Ridge View coach. … Ridge View QB D’Marco Ziegler has been bothered by an ankle injury. If he can’t go, Jaylen Nelson will start.

Goose Creek (0-0) at Dutch Fork (0-1)

TV/INTERNET: WACH FOX (57.2 digital channel)/www.WACH.com

LAST MEETING: 2013, Goose Creek 35-21

PLAYERS TO WATCH – GC: QB Dominique Jefferson, OL/DE Javon Kinlaw, CB Quintavis Davis; DF: S Stephen Davis Jr., RB Clayton Jones, WR Bobby Irby

NOTES: Dutch Fork hoping to avoid first 0-2 start since 2003. … Dutch Fork’s Clayton Jones had 106 yards rushing last week in loss to Greenwood. … Goose Creek’s Javon Kinlaw is a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection. … Debut for new GC coach Chris Candor. ... Junior Caleb Clark will start at QB in place of Cole Douglas, who is out with an injury.

Brookland-Cayce (1-0) at Airport (0-0)

RADIO: 1620 AM

LAST MEETING: 2014, Brookland-Cayce 21-7

PLAYERS TO WATCH – B-C: RB Charles Balkom, QB Kozi Brown, LB Keyshawn James; A: QB Brett Burnett, RB/LB Jonathan Earl, WR CJ Wright

NOTES: First of two meetings between two schools. Second matchup is Oct. 30 and will count in region standings. … B-C won both games last year each by a score of 21-7. … B-C running backs Charles Balkmon and A.J. Brown both rushed for more than 100 yards last week against Fairfield Central.

Cardinal Newman (1-0) at Heathwood Hall (0-0)

LAST MEETING: 2014, Heathwood 40-14

PLAYERS TO WATCH – CN: RB Sean Williams, LB Sam Hall, RB Tarence Tyler; HH: OL/DL Justin Taylor, LB Brandon Hill, DB Darius Jones

NOTES: Debut for Heathwood Hall coach Steven Victory. … Cardinal Newman held Pelion to 86 yards off offense in win last week. … C-N running back Sean Williams had three TDs in opener was named one of the SCISA Players of the Week.

Westside (1-0) vs. Lexington (0-0) at River Bluff

LAST MEETING: 2014, Westside 31-27

PLAYERS TO WATCH – W: QB Jackson Williamson, TE Antonio Lomax, WR Matthew Martin; L: RB Slade Carroll, WR Jayson Hopper, DB Nick Graves

NOTES: Lexington 1-1 in season openers under coach Josh Stepp. …Westside coach Scott Earley coached at Lexington from 2010-12. … QB Jackson Williamson threw for 261 yards and Westside held Clover to 26 yards of offense in 40-0 win last week.

Lou Bezjak

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