York at Northwestern
Coaches: Y– Bobby Carroll; NW– Kyle Richardson
Records: Y– 8-0, 4-0; NW– 8-0, 4-0
Last meeting: Northwestern won 23-21 (2012)
Last week: York beat Nation Ford 66-24; Northwestern beat Fort Mill 42-20
Points per game scored/allowed: Y– 46.9/22.1; NW– 43.4/13
Rankings: York is ranked No. 6 in S.C. Prep Media Class AAAA poll, No. 8 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16; Northwestern is ranked No. 1 in the S.C. Prep Media Class AAAA poll, No. 2 in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16, No. 10 in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25, No. 21 in the Freeman Rankings, No. 14 in USA Today’s Super 25 and No. 9 in Rivals100.
Players to watch: Y– Markel Castle, senior WR; Ryan Moore, senior RB; Dario Brown, junior LB. NW– Quadarius Fair, senior WR; Mason Rudolph, senior QB; Dupree Hart, junior ATH.
Twitter-sized preview: First offense to 40 pts has a great shot to win. First to 50 likely wraps up huge victory and inside track to No. 1 seed out of Region 3-AAAA
Rock Hill at Nation Ford
Coaches: RH– Joe Montgomery; NF– Michael Allen
Records: RH– 3-5, 2-2; NF– 5-3, 2-2
Last meeting: Nation Ford won 20-14 (2012)
Last week: Rock Hill lost 24-14 to South Pointe; Nation Ford lost to York 66-24
Points per game scored/allowed: RH– 23.6/30.1; NF– 30.4/37.3
Players to watch: RH– Cam Bell, senior DL; Donavon Perryman, sophomore LB; Jau’Quan Feaster, senior ATH. NF– Brandon Cureton, senior WR; Riley Hilton, senior WR; Dalton Helms, senior QB.
Twitter-sized preview: Arguably biggest game of the season for both of these teams, esp. for playoff seeds. NF needs to sort D after allowing 129 pts last 2 weeks
Clover at South Pointe
Coaches: C– Chad Smith; SP– Strait Herron
Records: C– 1-7, 1-3; SP– 6-2, 3-1
Last meeting: South Pointe won 42-0 (2012)
Last week: Clover beat Lancaster 42-21; South Pointe beat Rock Hill 24-14
Points per game scored/allowed: C– 15/37.1; SP– 33.6/17.3
Rankings: South Pointe is ranked No. 9 in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16
Players to watch: C– Chase Galant, senior WB/DB; Zach Conrad, senior FB/LB; Landon Harkey, junior TE. SP– Devion Williams, junior ATH; Kyle Brandt, senior WR; Nick Adams, senior DL.
Twitter-sized preview: Clover’s high after big win likely crashes against SP, which is peaking at the right time of year. SP rush defense has been nasty in region
Fort Mill at Lancaster
Coaches: FM– Ed Susi; L– Bennie McMurray
Records: FM– 2-6, 0-4; L– 2-6, 0-4
Last meeting: Fort Mill won 42-18 (2012)
Last week: Fort Mill lost to Northwestern 42-20; Lancaster lost to Clover 42-21
Points per game scored/allowed: FM– 23.5/37.1; L– 11.8/31
Players to watch: FM– Chandler Kryst, junior ATH; Dan Marr, junior LB; Brandon Plyler, junior WR. L– Will Jackson, junior ATH; Kendarius Truesdale, junior QB; Quay Reid, senior DL.
Twitter-sized preview: Contest between two of the region’s youngest teams. FM hasn’t been able to stop anyone and L hasn’t been able to score. What gives Friday?
Lewisville at C.A. Johnson
Coaches: L– Will Mitchell; CAJ– Jerry Jackson
Records: L– 5-3, 1-1; CAJ– 3-6, 1-2
Last meeting: Lewisville won 47-26 (2012)
Last week: Lewisville idle; Johnson lost 47-22 to Lamar
Points per game scored/allowed: L– 27.3/31.5; CAJ– 21.8/37.8
Players to watch: L– Tony Gaston, ATH; Dre Bailey, RB; Cody Montgomery, QB. CAJ– Mike Knox, RB; Julius Grooms, DL; Heshaki McCoy, LB.
Twitter-sized preview: Lions expect to have QB Cody Montgomery back after dislocated shoulder; enables Gaston to move back to WR, take pressure off Bailey at RB
Lamar at Great Falls
Coaches: L– J.R. Boyd; GF– Ken Schofield
Records: L– 6-2, 2-0; GF– 4-4, 2-1
Last meeting: Lamar won 56-12 (2012)
Last week: Lamar beat C.A. Johnson 47-22; Great Falls beat McBee 34-20
Points per game scored/allowed: L– 34.3/22; GF– 29.4/19.9
Rankings: Lamar is ranked No. 4 in the S.C. Prep Media Class A poll
Players to watch: L– Quan Brown, QB; Labradford Abson, RB; Hunter Collins, LB.
Twitter-sized preview: Lamar running attack can feel unstoppable, but Great Falls defense has been solid this year. Litmus test game for the up and down Red Devils
Chester at Clinton
Coaches: Ch– Anthony Sterling; Cl– Scott King
Records: Ch– 3-5, 1-2; Cl– 2-6, 2-1
Last meeting: Chester won 32-12 (2012)
Last week: Chester lost to Broome 23-15; Clinton beat Union County 35-14
Points per game scored/allowed: Ch– 24.3/25.5; Cl– 21.3/31.4
Players to watch: Ch– T.J. Graham, junior OL; Khalil Boulware, senior OL/DL; Earl Hinton, junior WR/DB. Cl– Landon Allison, QB; Breshaud Parks, WR.
Twitter-sized preview: Chester needs to get Region 3 run back on track against Clinton team that struggled to score until last 2 weeks when they put up 85 points
Andrew Jackson at Indian Land
Coaches: AJ– David Moore; IL– Michael Mayer
Records: AJ– 3-5, 1-2; IL– 1-6, 0-3
Last meeting: Andrew Jackson won 34-23 (2012)
Last week: Andrew Jackson lost to Chesterfield 48-13; Indian Land lost to Pageland Central 38-7
Points per game scored/allowed: AJ– 21/28.3; IL– 18.6/26.1
Players to watch: AJ– Tray King, senior DL; Kolby Whitley, QB; Jared Hayes, DB. IL– Charles Turner, junior RB; Brandon Sellers, junior DL/WR; Manny McCord, senior WR.
Twitter-sized preview: Offense will be in short supply Friday night in scrap between two nearby rivals. Which side can take advantage of likely turnovers?