South Pointe at York
Coaches: SP- Strait Herron, 5th year; Y- Bobby Carroll, 4th year
Last week: South Pointe beat Rock Hill 28-20; York beat Irmo 27-6
Last meeting: South Pointe won 27-10 (2013)
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Points allowed/scored per game: SP- 10/34; Y- 20/34.5
Rankings: SP- No. 2 in S.C. Prep Media 3A poll, tied for No. 4 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16; Y- No. 3 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 10 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16
Players to watch: SP- Jr. LB Nick Yearwood, Jr. WR Lorenzo Wells, Sr. DL Brandon Fisher, Sr. DB Devion Williams, Jr. DB Chris Smith; Y- Sr. WR Kyron Schrouder, Sr. LB Jordan Webster, Jr. LB Brandon Garvin, Sr. DB Mitchell Trotter.
TV/radio: FM 107.1
Need to know: South Pointe has won five of six against York since Carroll took over the Cougar program in 2010. Two of those came in the state playoffs, and while this game means nothing outside of win-loss record, a victory for York would be a massive self-belief boost for a program on the verge.
Rock Hill at Chester
Coaches: RH- Bubba Pittman, 1st year; C- Anthony Sterling, 5th year
Last week: Rock Hill lost to South Pointe 28-20; Chester lost to Fairfield Central 29-0
Last meeting: Rock Hill won 25-0 (2005)
Points allowed/scored: RH- 17/30; C- 18.5/17
Players to watch: RH- Jr. ATH Dachon Witherspoon, Sr. LB Emanuel Jones, Jr. WR John McCullough, Sr. RB Brandon Croutch; C- Jr. OL Stanley Yarborough, Sr. WR Keith Feaster, Jr. RB Jalyn Reid
TV/radio: WRHI-FM 94.3/AM 1340
Need to know: Rock Hill hasn’t lost to Chester since 1991. Tough for the Cyclones that they get the Bearcats after a five-turnover performance, unlikely to be duplicated in consecutive weeks.
Irmo at Northwestern
Coaches: I- Reggie Kennedy, 1st year; NW- Kyle Richardson, 4th year
Last week: Irmo lost 27-6 to York; Northwestern lost 45-28 to Charlotte Catholic
Last meeting: Northwestern won 41-24 (2007)
Points allowed/scored: I- 27/6; NW- 37.5/20
Rankings: NW- No. 12 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16
Players to watch: I- WR Manny Banks, Jr. RB Ronnie Jamison; NW- Jr. WR Kirk Clayton, Sr. DB Andarius Whitlock, Jr. WR Davion Blake, Jr. OL Demontre Buckson, Sr. ATH Dupree Hart
Need to know: Trojan senior Dupree Hart is averaging 190 all-purpose yards per game thus far, indicative of Northwestern’s reliance on its star. Hart played more at quarterback last week. How much will he play QB Friday night at District Three?
Fort Mill at Greenville
Coaches: FM- Ed Susi, 8th year; G- David Crane, 1st year
Last week: Fort Mill beat Lugoff-Elgin 41-0; Greenville lost to Seneca 49-34
Last meeting: Greenville won 26-23 (2010)
Points allowed/scored: FM- 10.5/45; G- 49/34
Players to watch: FM- Sr. WR Clay Helvey, Sr. WR Brandon Plyler, Sr. LB Dan Marr, Sr. ATH Chandler Kryst; G- Sr. WR Meleek Rogers, Sr. ATH Uriah Oliver, Sr. WR Jalen Wilkes, Jr. QB Carson Spiers.
TV/radio: WRHI.com live; 9:45 p.m. playback on WRHI-FM 94.3/AM 1340
Need to know: Spiers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns in Greenville’s Week One loss. If Fort Mill sticks to its game-plan of running the ball, it should be able to limit the Raiders’ possessions, and chances of winning.
Nation Ford at Lugoff-Elgin
Coaches: NF- Michael Allen, 5th year; LE- Dave Thomas, 1st year
Last week: Nation Ford lost to Boiling Springs 62-27; Lugoff-Elgin lost to Fort Mill 41-0
Last meeting: Nation Ford won 45-14 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: NF- 55/27.5; LE-
Players to watch: NF- Soph. DB Alex Stinnett, Sr. DB Keion Jones, Jr. QB Cole Martin, Jr. WR Josh Shade; LE- Jr. RB Aldreacio Wells, Jr. LB Malek Lyles, Sr. LB Jacob Collins.
TV/radio: FM 104.1
Need to know: Nation Ford has thrown the ball 92 times in its two opening losses. Lugoff-Elgin should present an opportunity to get the Falcon run game moving a bit, especially in the second half when Michael Allen’s team should be in front.
Westwood at Clover
Coaches: W- Rodney Summers, 2nd year; Cl- Chad Smith, 2nd year
Last week: Westwood beat Richland NE 38-6; Clover lost to Forestview (NC) 42-22
Last meeting: never played
Points allowed/scored: W- 3/42; Cl- 43/24
Players to watch: W- Sr. WR Adonus Lee (6-foot-4 receiver with a number of FCS, FBS offers), Sr. LB Stephen Timmons; Cl- Jr. WB Cody Payne, Jr. QB Noah Lindsay, Sr. FB Zach Conrad, Sr. OL Charles McClure.
TV/radio: WRHI.com live; 9:45 p.m. playback on FM 104.1
Need to know: The Blue Eagles are averaging close to 220 yards per game on the ground, but Chad Smith’s Clover revival won’t hit full stride until his team can stop opponents. Clover has surrendered 86 points and 792 yards of offense to two opponents thus far.
Lancaster at Richland Northeast
Coaches: L- Bobby Collins, 1st year; RNE- Jay Frye, 16th year
Last week: Lancaster beat Andrew Jackson 41-6; Richland NE lost 38-6 to Westwood
Last meeting: Richland Northeast won 27-14 (2001)
Points allowed/scored: L- 6/41; RNE- 6/38
Players to watch: L- Sr. RB Kadarius Wright, Sr. DB Wunza Truesdale, Sr. OL Myles Lathan, Sr. LB Cameron Meadows; RNE- Sr. RB Quinnton Burrell, Sr. QB Simeon Kelly, Sr. WR Corey Todd.
Need to know: The meeting of these two schools at this moment is appropriate since neither has ever played at the 3A level before this year. Richland Northeast will be a stiffer test for the Bruins, after they routed Andrew Jackson in their Week One opener.
Indian Land at Blacksburg
Coaches: IL- Michael Mayer, 14th year; Bg- Drew Chisholm, 2nd year
Last week: Indian Land beat Buford 28-6; Blacksburg beat Lewisville 46-36
Last meeting: Indian Land won 37-0 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: IL- 6/28; Bg- 49/53
Players to watch: IL- Jr. FB Austin Gordon, Sr. RB Hosea Hameed, Jr. QB Dillon Mackey; Bg- Sr. OL Adam Lawhorn, OL Lucas Blanton, RB Tyrone Nichols.
Need to know: Blacksburg’s win over Lewisville last week was the program’s first in nearly 700 days, after a winless 2013 campaign. Friday’s game against Indian Land should be one of the quickest of the high school season with both teams intent to smash the ball forward a couple of yards at a time.
Lewisville at Chesterfield
Coaches: L- Will Mitchell, 3rd year; C- Chris Arnoult, 1st year
Last week: Lewisville lost to Blacksburg 46-36; Chesterfield lost to McBee 34-18
Last meeting: Chesterfield won 42-0 (2011)
Points allowed/scored: L- 40/22; C- 27.5/30
Players to watch: L- Soph. DB/WR Mike Hill, Jr. RB D.J. Robinson, Sr. TE Cody Montgomery, Sr. OL/DL Marquis Hart; C- Jr. WR John Johnson, QB Danzel Rivers, Jr. WR Senerio Johnson
TV/radio: Listen online at https://www.network1sports.com/station/chesterfield
Need to know: Lewisville’s Mitchell has to be wondering which Chesterfield side the Lions will run up against on Friday: the one that was handled by lowly McBee last week, or the one that dismantled rival Cheraw by three touchdowns in Week Zero?
Buford at Great Falls
Coaches: B- Tripp Watts, 1st year; GF- Kenneth Schofield, 15th year
Last week: Buford lost to Indian Land 28-6; Great Falls beat Gray Collegiate 21-16
Last meeting: Buford won 10-6 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: B- 28/6; GF- 11.5/17
Players to watch: B- Jr. QB Scotti Moser, Jr. RB Ladarius Parker; GF- Jr. WB Warren Sanders, Sr. QB Chris Culp, Sr. ATH Lemarion Craine, Soph. TE Darian Stevenson
Need to know: Great Falls has a chance to start 3-0 for the first time since the 2004 season. The Red Devils went on to win their first 13 games that year, before falling to Calhoun Falls in the 1A state playoffs’ Upper State championship.