High school football

Week Zero high school football matchups

August 22, 2013 

Chester at York

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Anthony Sterling (Chester), Bobby Carroll (York)

Records: N/A

Last week: N/A

Last meeting: 14-6 York (2012)

Rankings: Chester No. 5 in S.C. Prep Media Class AAA Poll, No. 8 in SCVarsity.com Class AAA poll

Players to watch: Chester: Lorenzo White, hardnosed senior RB; Quan Caldwell, WR; Daryl Foster, tackling machine at LB. York: Markel Castle, shifty senior WR; Ryan Moore, senior RB is a strong workhorse; Josh McCoy, senior WR is a good-sized, physical target for York passers.

Twitter-sized preview (140 characters or less): Chester and York boast two of the biggest offensive lines around as well as two of the biggest running backs. Should be a smashmouth affair.

Gaffney at Northwestern

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Dan Jones (Gaffney), Kyle Richardson (Northwestern)

Records: N/A

Last week: N/A

Last meeting: 49-14 Northwestern (2012)

Rankings: Gaffney No. 1, Northwestern No. 2 in SCVarsity.com Class AAAA poll; Gaffney No. 3, Northwestern No. 2 in S.C. Prep Media Class AAAA Poll

Players to watch: Gaffney: Hyleck Foster, RB committed to Marshall; Eddie Studyvance, QB filling in for injured Shaq Davidson; T.J. Haney, massive junior OL. Northwestern: Mustafia Love, tall, senior WR; Russell Hubbs, senior LB; Dupree Hart, junior slot receiver.

Twitter-sized preview: A clash of 2 of SC’s best, Northwestern has dominated Gaffney when playing in Rock Hill. Inexperience at QB, D make Fri. tough for Gaffney.

Nation Ford at Forestview (N.C.)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Michael Allen (Nation Ford), Chris Medlin (Forestview)

Records: N/A

Last week: N/A

Last meeting: 38-0 Nation Ford (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Nation Ford: Dalton Helms, senior QB; Riley Hilton, tough, heady senior WR; Brandon Cureton, senior DB. Forestview: Logan Bradley, senior QB; Moe Neal, quick sophomore RB already has D-I scholarship offers.

Twitter-sized preview: Nation Ford should be able to brush aside Forestview in Week Zero. QB Dalton Helms should have 2nd straight big game vs Gastonia school.

South Pointe at Irmo

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Strait Herron (South Pointe), Bob Hanna (Irmo)

Records: N/A

Last week: N/A

Last meeting: 17-10 South Pointe (2012)

Rankings: SP No. 8, Irmo No. 10 in SCVarsity.com Class AAAA poll; South Pointe No. 6 in S.C. Prep Media Class AAAA Poll

Players to watch: South Pointe: Anthony Johnson, tall, athletic senior WR; Matt Newman, senior DE; Tay Blake, strong-armed senior QB. Irmo: Demetrius Lewis, senior QB is well-built, athletic;

Twitter-sized preview: The Yellow Jackets gave the Stallions a scare in 2012, but will be hard pressed to move the ball on mean-looking South Pointe defense.

South Florence at Clover

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: David Prince (South Florence), Chad Smith (Clover)

Records: N/A

Last week: N/A

Last meeting: 48-3 South Florence (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: South Florence: Nick Jones, senior QB back after injury cost him much of 2012 season; Josh Johnson, WR; Joquan Felder, senior DE. Clover: Scott Jackson, senior QB; Ladarius Adams, senior RB is team’s most explosive offensive player.

Twitter-sized preview: Clover’s 2013 redemption trail begins with SoFlo, who thumped the Blue Eagles in last year’s opener. Will be tough, but home crowd will help

Lewisville at Great Falls

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Will Mitchell (Lewisville), Ken Schofield (Great Falls)

Records: N/A

Last week: N/A

Last meeting: 42-14 Lewisville (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Lewisville: Dre Bailey, senior RB switched from defense; Cody Montgomery, senior WR is tall and athletic; Great Falls: Marcus Davis, senior WR is probably Red Devils’ best college prospect; David Jeter, senior TE.

Twitter-sized preview: The first of two meetings this year between the longtime rivals, Lewisville will go for an elusive third straight win over Great Falls, but this should be close.

Bret McCormick •  329-4032 Twitter: @BretJust1T

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