Week 1 high school football preview capsules

August 30, 2013 

Charlotte Catholic at Northwestern

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Jim Oddo (Catholic); Kyle Richardson (Northwestern)

Records: Catholic 1-0; Northwestern 1-0

Last week: Catholic beat Gonzaga (D.C.) 35-28; Northwestern beat Gaffney 51-19

Last meeting: Never met

Rankings: Catholic No. 8 in NCPreps.com N.C. 4A state poll, No. 7 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16; Northwestern No. 2 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 2 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16, ranked in several national polls

Players to watch: Catholic- Elijah Hood, senior RB; Ryan Miller, junior QB. Northwestern- Josh Miller, senior LB; Tori Adams, senior RB; Mason Rudolph, senior QB.

Twitter-sized preview (140 characters or less): Prolific running attack vs. prolific passing attack. Old school vs. New school. Something's got to give Friday night when these 2 meet at D3.

Rock Hill at Dorman

Time: 8 p.m.

Coaches: Joe Montgomery (Rock Hill); David Gutshall (Dorman)

Records: Rock Hill 0-0; Dorman 1-0

Last week: Rock Hill idle; Dorman beat Wade Hampton 42-0

Last meeting: Dorman won 38-6 (2012)

Rankings: Dorman No. 9 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll

Players to watch: Rock Hill- Dylan Jones, junior QB making first start; Jermaine White, senior WR; Justin Stokes, senior RB. Dorman- Shondrell Keenan, senior RB is a load; J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, tall, junior WR; Breshon Simpson, senior WR transferred from Fort Mill.

Twitter-sized preview: Very tough opener for Rock Hill on the road, but eventually Montgomery's Bearcats are going to have to win one of these difficult ones.

Blythewood at South Pointe

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Dan Morgan (Blythewood); Strait Herron (South Pointe)

Records: Blythewood 0-0; South Pointe 1-0

Last week: Blythewood idle; South Pointe beat Irmo 21-17

Last meeting: 39-16 South Pointe (2012)

Rankings: South Pointe No. 5 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 4 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16

Players to watch: Blythewood- Jalen Williams, senior LB with D-I offers; Adonus Lee, junior WR; Dominique Lemon, junior DB with D-I interest. South Pointe- Josh Brice, senior RB; Matt Newman, senior DE is a QB pest; DeShawn Davis, junior WR thrives on underneath routes.

Twitter-sized preview: Bit of a slow start last week for the Stallions, but the D is there. South Pointe offense has to catch up; starting this week will be tough.

Lewisville at Chester

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Will Mitchell (Lewisville); Anthony Sterling (Chester)

Records: Lewisville 1-0; Chester 0-1

Last week: Lewisville beat Great Falls 21-20; Chester lost to York 19-7

Last meeting: 48-8 Chester (2012)

Rankings: Chester No. 6 in S.C. Prep Media 3A poll

Players to watch: Lewisville- Dre Bailey, senior RB scored game-winner last week; Cody Montgomery, senior QB; Michael Spence, senior WR/DB; Chester- Quan Caldwell, senior WR/QB is electric anywhere on the field; DaKeavis Wilmore, senior OL with heavy D-I interest.

Twitter-sized preview: Chester recognizes 1963 state champs Friday. Can the 2013 Cyclones get their 3A title march on track against county rivals Lewisville?

Fort Mill at Lugoff-Elgin

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Ed Susi (Fort Mill); Scott Jones (Lugoff-Elgin)

Records: Fort Mill 0-0; Lugoff-Elgin 0-0

Last week: Fort Mill idle; Lugoff-Elgin idle

Last meeting: 39-21 Fort Mill (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Fort Mill- Deryan Sanders, senior RB; Chandler Kryst, junior RB; Malik Long, junior RB/LB. Lugoff-Elgin- Shon Belton, senior QB; Chris Gordon, senior LB.

Twitter-sized preview: Lugoff-Elgin is mired in a 17-game losing streak. L-E is the perfect season-opening foe for re-tooling Fort Mill, which needs OL to develop.

Boiling Springs at Nation Ford

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Rick Tate (Boiling Springs); Michael Allen (Nation Ford)

Records: Boiling Springs 0-0; Nation Ford 1-0

Last week: Boiling Springs idle; Nation Ford beat Forestview (N.C.) 57-56

Last meeting: 36-32 Boiling Springs (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Boiling Springs- Daniel Thompson, junior QB; Noah Green, junior OL with heavy D-I interest; Collin Reed, big, junior TE. Nation Ford- Marques Coleman, senior RB; Josh Shade, sophomore WR; Dalton Helms, senior QB coming off huge week against Forestview.

Twitter-sized preview: Freshen up the scoreboard light bulbs. Both of these teams can score, but can either get a stop? School that does should pull out a close W.

Indian Land at Buford

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Michael Mayer (Indian Land); Mike Wells (Buford)

Records: Indian Land 0-0; Buford

Last week: Indian Land idle; Buford

Last meeting: 46-21 Buford (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Indian Land- Manny McCord, senior WR/DB; Terrell White, senior RB/LB; George Morris, good-sized senior QB; Buford- N/A.

Twitter-sized preview: These two teams have split the last 6, but Buford won both 2012 matchups handily. Mike Wells' club looks to make it 3 in a row Friday.

Lancaster at Andrew Jackson

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Bennie McMurray (Lancaster); David Moore (Andrew Jackson)

Records: Lancaster 0-0; Andrew Jackson 0-0

Last week: Lancaster idle; Andrew Jackson idle

Last meeting: 41-23 Lancaster (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Kedarius Wright, junior RB; Jay Hood, junior WR; Quay Reid, senior DE. Andrew Jackson- Tray King, senior WR/LB; Kolby Whitley,junior QB.

Twitter-sized preview: With Region 3-4A play looming, the Lancaster Bruins better start racking up the wins. County rivals AJ would be a good starting point.

Forestview (N.C.) at Clover

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Chris Medlen (Forestview); Chad Smith (Clover)

Records: Forestview 0-1; Clover 0-1

Last week: Forestview lost to Nation Ford 57-56; Clover lost to South Florence 40-6

Last meeting: 38-16 Forestview (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Forestview- Bishop Ford, junior running back; Logan Bradley, senior QB with good size; Clover- Tanner Whitley, junior RB; R.J. Moore, junior RB had a good rushing game last week for Clover.

Twitter-sized preview: Forestview pinned 56 points on Nation Ford in a loss, so Clover's defense will have to be improved from Week Zero loss to South Florence.

Whitmire at Great Falls

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Donald Addis (Whitmire); Ken Schofield (Great Falls)

Records: Whitmire 0-0; Great Falls 0-1

Last week: Whitmire idle; Great Falls lost to Lewisville 21-20

Last meeting: 40-6 Great Falls (2012)

Rankings: N/A

Players to watch: Whitmire- Alex Ellison, sophomore QB; Jordan Sligh, junior WR; John Burnside, sophomore WR. Great Falls- Lemarion Crain, INFO; Chris Culp, junior QB; D.C. Caldwell, INFO.

Twitter-sized preview: Great Falls will feel confident going against Whitmire, which didn't win a single game last season. Red Devils can build depth and exp.

Compiled by Bret McCormick. Follow the Herald’s preps coverage on Twitter @RHHerald_Preps

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