York at Rock Hill
Coaches: Y – Bobby Carroll, fifth year; RH – Bubba Pittman, first year
Records: Y – 5-0; RH – 3-2
Last week: York beat Boiling Springs 43-34; Rock Hill beat Sumter 41-14
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Last meeting: York won 50-26 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: Y – 20.4/42.6; RH – 18.6/31
Rankings: York – No.1 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 6 in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16, No. 79 in the NationalHSfootball.com national rankings
Players to watch: Y – Soph. ATH Wally Wilmore, Sr. OL Travis White, Sr. WR Kyron Schrouder, Sr. QB Deshaw Andrews, Jr. LB Jemar Griffin; RH – Sr. WR Deshaun McFadden, Jr. WR John McCullough, Sr. LB Emanuel Jones, Jr. OL Civic Campbell, Sr. OL Tanner Stafford
TV/radio: FM 104.1
Need to know: Rock Hill averages 40.3 points per game in its three wins and 17 in its two losses; which team will York bring out in the Bearcats? Bubba Pittman’s team played well last week – after turnovers on their first two drives – but comes up against a bunch of Cougars riding high on a wave of confidence after being named the No. 1 4A team in the state on Tuesday.
Northwestern at Fort Mill
Coaches: NW – Kyle Richardson, fourth year; FM – Ed Susi, eighth year
Records: NW – 3-2; FM – 4-1
Last week: Northwestern beat South Pointe 27-26; Fort Mill beat West Florence 21-17
Last meeting: Northwestern won 42-20 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: NW- 29.2/35.4; FM- 17.2/37.6
Rankings: Northwestern – No. 9 in the S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 12 in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16
Players to watch: NW – Jr. LB Trae’von Hinton, Jr. DB T.C. Caldwell, Soph. RB Jerry Howard, Jr. WR Julian Shockley; FM – Sr. WR Brandon Plyler, Sr. LB Logan Yager, Sr. RB Chandler Kryst, Sr. DL Aaron Patterson
TV/radio: WRHI-FM 94.3/AM 1340
Need to know: The Trojans have won 12 of the last 13 games against Fort Mill, dating back to the Yellow Jackets’ 3-0 win in 1998. This should be a fairly fast-moving game with both teams averaging at or near six yards per carry. Northwestern appears to have molded its offense to the players it has – senior quarterback Dupree Hart, who leads the area in individual rushing yardage by nearly 200 – while Fort Mill leads the area in team rushing at 250 yards per game.
Gaffney at Nation Ford
Coaches: G – Dan Jones, fifth year; NF – Michael Allen, fifth year
Records: G – 0-5; NF – 2-3
Last week: Gaffney lost to Byrnes 29-7; Nation Ford lost to Ridge View 48-40
Last meeting: Gaffney won 31-7 (2009)
Points allowed/scored: G – 40.2/23; NF – 45.4/35.8
Players to watch: G – Sr. ATH Greg Ellis, Sr. OL T.J. Haney (Wake Forest commit), Sr. RB Jordon Shippy, Jr. WR Scott McCluney; NF – Jr. QB Cole Martin, Sr. LB Grant Brewington, Jr. DL Charles Newton, Soph. LB Alex Stinnett
TV/radio: Cable 103/1103, WRHI.com
Need to know: If the Falcons can build an early lead against Gaffney, they should be in business because this Indians squad is not built to play from behind. Gaffney is only completing 40 percent of its passes this season and has thrown just one TD pass. Dan Jones’ squad would much rather work from a lead and wear down Nation Ford with Jordon Shippy running behind tackle T.J. Haney.
Lancaster at Lewisville
Coaches: Lan – Bobby Collins, first year; Lew – Will Mitchell, third year
Records: Lan – 3-1; Lew – 0-5
Last week: Lancaster lost to Camden 14-0; Lewisville lost to Carolina Pride 40-14
Last meeting: never played
Points allowed/scored: Lan – 8.3/21.8; Lew – 39.2/15.2
Players to watch: Lan – Jr. OL Caleb Funderburk, Sr. ATH Will Jackson, Sr. DB Wunza Truesdale, Sr. WR Jay Hood (FCS recruiting interest); Lew – Sr. WR Cody Montgomery, Sr. RB Christian Laws, Sr. LB Ben Catoe, Sr. OL/DL Tyrone McCullough
TV/radio: FM 107.1
Need to know: Separated by 15.5 miles, these two schools have surprisingly never played before. The Bruins can’t overlook Lewisville, in the midst of a rejuvenation year, but Lancaster needs to get its offense cranking headed into a daunting Region 3-3A run. The Bruins have been able to smother opponents defensively, but need some confidence-bolstering offensive possessions Friday night against the young Lions.
Chesterfield at Indian Land
Coaches: C – Chris Arnoult, first year; IL – Michael Mayer, 14th year
Records: C – 3-2, 0-1; IL – 2-2, 0-1
Last week: Chesterfield lost to Pageland Central 19-0; Indian Land lost 48-3 to Cheraw
Last meeting: Chesterfield won 38-3 (2013)
Points allowed/scored: C – 18.6/26.6 IL – 22/22.8
Players to watch: C – Jr. QB Danzel Rivers, Jr. WR John Johnson, Jr. WR Senerio Johnson, Jr. WR Makhal Gaston; IL – Sr. WR/DL Brandon Sellers, Sr. P/K Shea Rodgers, Sr. RB/DB Charles Turner, Jr. FB/LB Austin Gordon
Need to know: There’s only been one game decided by less than 35 points in these two teams’ last eight meetings. Chesterfield’s offensive can be explosive, with the Rams averaging over 17 yards per reception. It can also bog down, evinced by the team’s 2.8-yards-per-carry average. Which part of Chesterfield’s offense exerts itself more Friday may determine which way the likely blowout leans.
Great Falls at Wagener-Salley
Coaches: GF – Kenneth Schofield, 15th year; WS – Ken Tucker, fifth year
Records: GF – 4-0; WS – 1-3
Last week: Great Falls idle; Wagener-Salley lost to Whitmire 28-14
Last meeting: Great Falls won 21-8 (1988)
Points allowed/scored: GF – 15/26.75; WS – 27.5/15
Rankings: Great Falls – No. 8 in S.C. Prep Media 1A poll
Players to watch: GF – Sr. WB Jodarian Jordan, Sr. WR/DB Shy Kelly, Soph. TE/DE Darian Stevenson, Sr. QB Chris Culp- WS – Jr. RB Ke’Aunri Holmes, Soph. RB/LB Cameron Shiffner, Fr. WR Daniel Frazier, Jr. TE/DE Brandon Jacobs
Need to know: Great Falls was playing very well before its bye week, priceless for an undermanned roster like Schofield’s. The Red Devils have forced seven turnovers in their last two games, scoring points off six of the takeaways, a trend they’ll look to continue on the road Friday. Wagener-Salley coughed the ball up nine times – yes, nine – in its two-score loss to Whitmire last Friday.