South Pointe at Rock Hill
Coaches: SP – Strait Herron, fifth year; RH – Bubba Pittman, first year
Last week: South Pointe beat New Covenant 40-0; Rock Hill beat Blythewood 40-6
Last meeting: South Pointe won 24-14 (2013)
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Points allowed/scored: SP – 0/40; RH – 6/40
Rankings: SP – No. 2 in S.C. Prep Media 3A poll, No. 6 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16
Players to watch: SP – Jr. LB Nick Yearwood, Jr. WR Lorenzo Wells, Sr. OL Bryan Binford, Sr. LB Ty Barber; RH – Sr. RB Brandon Croutch, Sr. DL Alan Salgado, LB/DL Wayne Simmons, Jr. LB Donavon Perryman, Jr. WR Thailand Adams.
Twitter-sized preview: Winning the turnover margin is ever important, but especially between a team that thrives on takeaways (SP), one that can’t afford them (RH)
York at Irmo
Coaches: Y – Bobby Carroll, fourth year; I – Reggie Kennedy, first year
Last week: York beat Sumter 42-34; Irmo didn’t play
Last meeting: Never played
Points allowed/scored: Y – 34/42; I – N/A
Rankings: Y – No. 3 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 12 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16
Players to watch: Y – Sr. LB Jordan Webster, Sr. RB Thomas Wilkerson, Sr. WR Kyron Schrouder, Soph. ATH Wally Wilmore; I – Sr. WR Manny Banks (Div. I recruiting interest, including Georgia St. offer), Sr. OL A.J. Robinson, Sr. OL Nathan Green, Jr. RB Ronnie Jamison.
Twitter-sized preview: York needs to clean up its secondary play after last week. The Cougars have so much offensive firepower that it’s hard to see Irmo winning.
Clover at Forestview (N.C.)
Coaches: C – Chad Smith, second year; F – Chris Medlin, eighth year
Last week: Clover lost to Westside 44-26; Forestview beat Nation Ford 48-28
Last meeting: Forestview won 41-6 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: C – 44/26; F – 28/48
Rankings: F – No. 7 in Carolina Preps 3A state poll
Players to watch: C – Jr. RB Cody Payne, Jr. QB Noah Lindsay, Sr. FB/DL Zach Conrad, Soph. RB Willie Clark; F – Sr. RB/WR Moe Neal (numerous Div. I offers), Sr. OL Kaleb Hayes, RB Montavis Rogers, Sr. QB John Crawford.
Twitter-sized preview: Clover needs to not only eat clock, it needs to devour, hog, the clock, because Forestview doesn’t need much time to score. Tough road game.
Northwestern at Charlotte Catholic
Coaches: N – Kyle Richardson, fourth year; CC – Mike Brodowicz, first year
Last week: Northwestern lost to Byrnes 30-22; Catholic beat Providence Day 35-23
Last meeting: Northwestern won 38-17 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: N – 30/22; CC – 23/35
Rankings: N – No. 4 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 10 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16; CC – No. 8 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16
Players to watch: N – Sr. ATH Dupree Hart, Jr. LB Trae’von Hinton, Sr. DE Chris Bouyer, Jr. DT Jamah Mitchell; CC – Sr. RB Jake Priester (Mercer lacrosse commit), Sr. OL Matt Kowalewski (Elon commit), Sr. OL Nick Bruno (UNC baseball commit).
Twitter-sized preview: Northwestern needs to start better. Trojan front line is pretty good and will be tested by Catholic run game, but look for NW to get road W.
Lugoff-Elgin at Fort Mill
Coaches: LE – Dave Thomas, first year; FM – Ed Susi, eighth year
Last week: Lugoff-Elgin lost to Camden 35-14; Fort Mill beat White Knoll 49-21
Last meeting: Fort Mill won 48-17 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: LE – 35/14; FM – 21/49
Players to watch: LE – QB Keyshawn Martin, WR Elliott Campbell; FM – Sr. ATH Taylor Hemphill, Sr. LB Josh Gast, Sr. RB/LB Malik Long, Sr. OL Kyle Rapoza
Twitter-sized preview: L-E coach Dave Thomas returns to FM where he was a d-coordinator. He’ll have a headache Thurs. night thinking about how to stop FM run game.
Nation Ford at Boiling Springs
Coaches: NF – Michael Allen, fourth year; BS – Rick Tate, second year
Last week: Nation Ford lost 48-28 to Forestview (N.C.); Boiling Springs didn’t play
Last meeting: Boiling Springs won 40-13 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: NF – 48/28; BS – N/A
Rankings: BS – No. 6 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll
Players to watch: NF – Jr. WR Hank Tuipulotu, Sr. WR/DB Ervin Lassiter, Jr. ATH Jordan Helms, Jr. WR Josh Shade; BS – Sr. OL Noah Green (Clemson commit), Sr. TE Collin Reed (Appalachian St. commit), Sr. QB Daniel Thompson (Elon commit), Sr. DL Colt Jarbo (Div. I interest).
Twitter-sized preview: NAFO runs up against another explosive offense. Young Falcons are having to grow up in a hurry and will find Boiling Springs a lonely place.
Fairfield Central at Chester
Coaches: FC – Demetrius Davis, fourth year; C – Anthony Sterling, fifth year
Last week: Fairfield Central lost to Brookland-Cayce 29-28 in double overtime; Chester beat Lewisville 34-8
Last meeting: Fairfield Central won 50-26 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: FC – 29/28; C – 8/34
Rankings: FC – No. 9 in S.C. Prep Media 2A poll
Players to watch: FC – Sr. RB Joseph Young (Interest and offers from FCS schools, offer from Virginia), Soph. QB Stanley McManus, Sr. DB Byron Sampson; C – Sr. QB Tommy Sanders, Sr. WR/DB Earl Hinton, Jr. OL Stanley Yarbrough, Sr. TE/LB Temaris Dixon
Twitter-sized preview: Cyclones have lost last 5 to FC, but should be able to attack Griffins’ 10th grade QB. Chester needs another good outing from Tommy Sanders.
Andrew Jackson at Lancaster
Coaches: AJ – David Moore, fourth year; L – Bobby Collins, first year
Last week: Neither played
Last meeting: Lancaster won 22-12 (2013)
Players to watch: AJ – Sr. QB Kolby Whitley, Sr. OL/DL Mason Kirkley; L – Sr. DB Wunza Truesdale, Sr. WR Jay Hood (FBS interest), Sr. LB Cameron Meadows, Sr. RB/S Dre Bailey, Jr. OL Lewis Johnson.
Twitter-sized preview: If the Bruins play like they did in 2 quarters vs Rock Hill 2 weeks ago, they should easily start 1-0. Lancaster needs to dominate this game
Buford at Indian Land
Coaches: B – Tripp Watts, first year; IL – Michael Mayer, 14th year
Last week: Neither played
Last meeting: Indian Land won 23-19 (2013)
Players to watch: B – Sr. DE/TE Kyle Norcia, Jr. QB Scotti Moser, Jr. RB Ladarius Parker; IL – Jr. FB/LB Austin Gordon, Sr. K/P Shea Rodgers, Sr. RB Charles Turner, Sr. WR/DE Brandon Sellers.
Twitter-sized preview: Buford offers IL the perfect opportunity to test its renewed devotion to run game. Rebuilding Buford squad is ripe for a Week 1 pounding.
Blacksburg at Lewisville
Coaches: B – Drew Chisholm, second year; L – Will Mitchell, third year
Last week: Blacksburg lost to Great Falls 13-7; Lewisville lost to Chester 34-8
Last meeting: Lewisville won 14-6 (2002 playoffs)
Points allowed/scored: B – 13/7; L – 34/8
Players to watch: B – Sr. OL/DL Adam Lawhorn, Sr. QB Brett Ward, Sr. LB Tyrone Nichols; L – Soph. DL Jene Thompson, Sr. RB Christian Laws, Sr. TE Cody Montgomery, Sr. WR Darnell Cabbagestalk
Twitter-sized preview: Young Lewisville squad won’t have too many chances for non-region wins. Blacksburg at home presents a perfect opportunity to get a win.
Gray Collegiate Prep at Great Falls
Coaches: GC – Adam Holmes, first year; GF – Kenneth Schofield, 15th year
Last week: Gray Collegiate didn’t play; Great Falls beat Blacksburg 13-7
Last meeting: Never played
Points allowed/scored: GC – N/A; GF – 7/13
Players to watch: GC – Sr. WR Bryan Miller (Interest from FCS schools); GF – Sr. QB Chris Culp, Sr. RB Lemarion Craine, Sr. OL Tyler Langley, Sr. OL Ty Ross.
Twitter-sized preview: Not too much known about Gray Collegiate, the first-year program from Columbia. GF will soon know more than most; play these guys twice.
*Games start at 7:30 p.m.