High School Football

Spring Valley’s trickery trending

It didn’t end until Saturday but Week 2 of high school football in the Midlands is in the books. Here is what stood out:

Trick play

Spring Valley’s trick play a hit Spring Valley’s successful hook-and-ladder play run Friday against Laurens is getting national attention. The play appeared on national web sites MaxPreps and Bleacher Report on Saturday.

Spring Valley coach Robin Bacon said they run that play every day during the special plays part of practice and decided to bring out in the second quarter against Laurens.

Vikings quarterback Ryan Lee threw a pass, which was a little high, but R.J. Bacon made the leaping grab and tossed it, while in mid-air, to running back Ty’Juan Fulton, who took it 40 yards for the touchdown.

“The ball was thrown over my head and I had to make a play on it,” R.J. Bacon said. “Ty’Juan Fulton came very quickly so I had to pitch it backwards in the air.”

Westwood player injured

Westwood defensive back Mark Mickens remains hospitalized after suffering an injury during Friday’s win over Clover. The injury occurred when Mickens was making a play against a Clover receiver coming over the middle. Mickens, a junior, was in his first year as a starter after seeing playing time a sophomore last season.

Westwood coach Rodney Summers couldn’t comment on Mickens’ condition Saturday.

Richland 2 public information officer Libby Roof said in an e-mail that a student's medical condition is confidential and nobody associated with the school or district can provide information.

After news of Mickens’ injury spread, Westwood players, students and those from other schools in the Midlands took to social media sending well wishes using the hash tag #PrayforMark.

Wild weather

Heavy rain and lightning caused delays to many games in the Midlands and around the state Friday night. Two games, Swansea at Chapin and Newberry at Clinton, had to finish Saturday because of Friday’s weather. Spartanburg and Union sat through several lengthy delays and finally finished at 2:24 a.m. Saturday morning with Spartanburg winning 49-20.

Blazers riding high

Ridge View coach Perry Parks didn’t get much sleep Friday night, but he wasn’t complaining. The first-year coach was too amped up following the Blazers’ 28-27 victory over Goose Creek.

“The kids’ will to win is like anything else,” Parks said. “We got punched into the mouth early, but they kept playing hard.”

After taking a 28-21 in the fourth quarter, Goose Creek pulled within 28-27 on an 11-yard run by Evan Ullery with 47 seconds left. The Gators decided to go for the win instead of kicking the extra point but Ullery was stuffed on the two-point conversion. Parks brought in his two biggest offensive linemen to play defense on the two-point play.

The Blazers are the second straight Midlands team to win at Goose Creek. River Bluff won at GC in the first round of the playoffs last year.

Top performers

Logan Bailey (Chapin) – Threw for 355 yards, rushed for 141 yards and had eight total TDs in overtime win over Swansea.

Chance Walker (Swansea) – Rushed for 349 yards and seven touchdowns and threw a TD in loss to Chapin.

Josh Tucker (Airport) – Backup quarterback rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 86 in win over Dreher.

Brandon Blake and Jayson Hopper (Lexington) – Blake threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner to Hopper. The senior receiver finished with 10 catches for 94 yards.

Avery Armstrong (Dreher) – Quarterback threw for 189 and rushed for 76 and three TDs in loss to Airport.

Terrance Wilson (Batesburg-Leesville) – Running back went over 3,000 yards for his career after rushing for 136 yards and TD in win over Brookland-Cayce.

Ty’Juan Fulton (Spring Valley) – Rushed for 163 of his 169 yards and two touchdowns in first half in rain-shortened win over Laurens.

Three to watch

Here is a look at some of next week’s top games next week:

Airport at Lower Richland – Airport comes in 2-0 and LR has won two straight for first time since 2013.

Chapin at Newberry – Good non-region matchup between two of the top teams in the Midlands.

Fort Mill at River Bluff – Gators have won two in a row and will host unbeaten Fort Mill.

Roundup: Weather-delayed games completed

Chapin 63, Swansea 60 (OT)

Logan Bailey threw for four touchdowns and rushed for four more, including a 3-yarder in overtime, to give Chapin a 63-60 victory over Swansea on Saturday. The game began Friday but was stopped because of heavy rain and Chapin leading 57-50 with 2:38 to go.

When the game resumed, Swansea drove and tied it up on Chance Walker’s 4-yard TD pass. Walker finished with seven total touchdowns and also rushed for 349 yards.

In overtime, Swansea got the ball and hit a 20-yard field goal to take the 60-57 lead. The Eagles the ball back and moved it to the 2-yard line before Bailey scored on third down.

Bailey finished with 355 yards passing and also rushed for 141 yards. The eight touchdowns he scored were tied for third most in a game in South Carolina history. The senior now has 23 total TDs in the first three games of the season.

Newberry 43, Clinton 20

Amir Abrams ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Bulldogs (2-0) won the rain-delayed game over Clinton. The game was stopped Friday with 2:59 in the second quarter and Newberry up 27-7.

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