Just two games are being played on local football fields tonight. We have York, trying to bounce back from last week's stadium-opening loss, playing at Northwestern. Lancaster will be at Chester in a game that will put a quick end to one team's dream of an unbeaten season.
South Pointe is playing a return game at Charlotte's Independence High School tonight. Last season, the game was billed as a clash between two of the country's best teams. The Stallions come in at 1-1 after losing 42-20 at Northwestern on Saturday afternoon at District Three Stadium. The Patriots lost their season-opener last week at Mallard Creek (N.C.) but are again considered to be a strong contender in the Southwestern 4A conference.
You have to figure Independence coach Bill Geiler was doing his homework by watching TV on Saturday. South Pointe played on ESPN and the Stallions seemed to control the game, especially in the second quarter. But Trojans quarterback Justin Worley picked South Pointe apart in the third quarter with five touchdown throws.
Geiler has a first-year quarterback and a more balanced offense than what the Stallions saw last week. You can't expect Jadeveon Clowney, Gerald Dixon and company will give up 40-plus points two weeks in a row. But then again, Independence won the game at South Pointe last year, 35-32.
The Trojans posted 35 second-half points last week behind Worley's 314 passing yards. New Cougars coach Mike Propst has a brutal schedule to begin his tenure in York. He will lead his team against Rock Hill and Clover in the next two weeks.
Clover plays across the border against Gastonia, N.C.'s Forestview. The Blue Eagles are 2-0 and quarterback Aaron Miller has rushed for 287 yards to lead the double wing-t offense.
The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets, 1-10 a year ago, have a good shot at a 2-0 start to the 2010 season. The Jackets hung 49 points on newly minted Class AAAA Lugoff-Elgin last week. They will play at Ridge View, at team that lost 31-0 at Wando to open the season.
The Lancaster-Chester matchup could be the best of the lot tonight. The Bruins have become a consistently strong team under Coach Bennie McMurray. Lancaster wants to make the most of its non-region contests to prepare for Region 3-AAAA play, or as McMurray calls it, "the NFL East".
Meanwhile, Chester continues to chug along with its spread offense and stiff defense. Quarterback Tony McNeal has thrown for 445 yards in two games.
Westminster Catawba is 2-0 and looking to make it three straight wins. The Indians have outscored their first two opponents 74-0. They are at Davidson Charter.
Great Falls is at Andrew Jackson. Both programs have been down in recent years and they each opened the season with losses. Indian Land travels to Blacksburg to take on the Wildcats.