Northwestern at South Pointe
Coaches: NW Kyle Richardson; SP Strait Herron
Records: NW 5-0, 1-0; SP 4-1, 1-0
Last meeting: South Pointe won 28-25 (2012)
Last week: Northwestern beat Lancaster 34-0; South Pointe beat Fort Mill 52-14
Points per game scored/allowed: NW 45.8/19.5; SP 36.4/23.5
Rankings: Northwestern No. 1 in S.C. Prep Media Class AAAA poll, No. 2 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16, No. 11 in Rivals100, No. 15 in USA Today Super 25, No. 10 in MaxPreps Xcellent 25, No. 15 in Freeman Rankings
Players to watch: NW Mason Rudolph, senior QB; Chris Bouyer, junior DL; J.P. Titus, senior OL; Mustafia Love, senior WR. SP Anthony Johnson, senior WR; Traevon Hinton, senior LB; Demo Jackson, senior OL/DL; Kyle Brandt, senior WR
Twitter-sized preview: Whoever starts at QB for South Pointe has a tough job, especially w/ NW D improvement this year. Trojans likely take advantage of SP strife.
Clover at Rock Hill
Coaches: C Chad Smith; RH Joe Montgomery
Records: C 0-5, 0-1; RH 1-4, 0-1
Last meeting: Rock Hill won 48-10 (2012)
Last week: Clover lost to Nation Ford 28-12; Rock Hill lost to York 50-26
Points per game scored/allowed: C 11.6/41.2; RH 25/36
Players to watch: C Ladarius Adams, senior WB; Zach Conrad, senior FB/LB; Landon Harkey, junior TE. RH Dachon Witherspoon, sophomore WR; Justin Stokes, senior RB; Donavon Perryman, sophomore LB
Twitter-sized preview: Clover controlled the ball and the clock vs. Nation Ford. That recipe will win the Blue Eagles a game this year, and break 23-game L streak.
Fort Mill at York
Coaches: FM Ed Susi; Y Bobby Carroll
Records: FM 2-3, 0-1; Y 5-0, 1-0
Last meeting: York won 49-0 (2012)
Last week: Fort Mill lost 52-14 to South Pointe; York beat Rock Hill 50-26
Points per game scored/allowed: FM 24.2/34; Y 41.4/24.4
Rankings: York No. 9 in S.C. Prep Media Class AAAA poll
Players to watch: FM Sam Smith, senior OL; Taylor Hemphill, junior ATH; Chris Jones, senior DB. Y Josh McCoy, senior WR; Ryan Enniss, sophomore OL; Markel Castle, senior WR
Twitter-sized preview: Cougars are scoring for fun lately. York D will face a stout running attack but cant see the Cougars unbeaten run snapped by young FM crew.
Lancaster at Nation Ford
Coaches: L Bennie McMurray; NF Michael Allen
Records: L 2-3, 0-1; NF 4-1, 1-0
Last meeting: Nation Ford won 37-20 (2012)
Last week: Lancaster lost 34-0 to Northwestern; Nation Ford beat Clover 28-12
Points per game scored/allowed: L 9.4/23.4; NF 34.8/30
Players to watch: L Rashun Cloud, senior ATH; Jay Hood, junior WR
Twitter-sized preview: Lancasters brutal stretch of schedule continues against offensively potent Nation Ford. Falcons should take it but need to get better on D.
Chester at Chapman
Coaches: Che Anthony Sterling; Cha Mark Hodge
Records: Che 2-3; Cha 5-0
Last meeting: Chester won 60-33 (2012)
Last week: Chester idle; Chapman beat Saluda 21-10
Points per game scored/allowed: Che 24/28.6; Cha 30.6/14.6
Rankings: Chapman No. 9 in S.C. Prep Media Class AAA poll
Players to watch: Che Quan Caldwell, senior ATH; Tommy Sanders, junior QB; Broderick Roscoe, junior RB. Cha Deebo Samuel, ATH; Dashawn Davis, WR; Malik Gray, QB
Twitter-sized preview: Chester needs to stop Deebo Samuels, who has 14 TDs in 5 games; Cyclones tough early schedule should have them ready for region play.
Indian Land at Cheraw
Coaches: IL Michael Mayer; C Johnny White
Records: IL 1-3; C 1-4
Last meeting: Cheraw won 34-13 (2012)
Last week: Indian Land lost 28-21 to McBee; Cheraw lost 41-6 to Fairfield Central
Points per game scored/allowed: IL 28.5/23.8; C 12/30
Players to watch: IL Austin Gordon, sophomore RB/LB; Charles Turner, junior RB; Brandon Sellers, junior DL
Twitter-sized preview: Indian Land needs a win in region opener after losing three close ones. Cheraw struggles to score; Warriors need to jump on them early.
McBee at Lewisville
Coaches: McB Charlie Poole; L Will Mitchell
Records: McB 3-2; L 4-2
Last meeting: Lewisville won 70-28 (2012)
Last week: McBee beat Indian Land 28-21; Lewisville beat Eau Claire 38-12
Points per game scored/allowed: McB 15.2/18.8; L 29.8/30
Players to watch: McB Jordan Fair, QB; Nyaun Pate, WR. L Dre Bailey, junior RB; Mike Hill, freshman DB; Mitch Langford, senior LB
Twitter-sized preview: McBee is not the pushover it was the last three years, and Lewisville will have a scrap on its hands Friday night in region opener at home.
*Games start at 7:30 p.m.