Northwestern-Rock Hill rivalry in Top 16

The Northwestern-Rock Hill football game Nov. 2 at District Three Stadium has been selected as one of 16 Great American Rivalry Series Games this year.

The series was created in 2004 by iHigh, Inc., in response to the growing national interest in high school football.

The game will be carried live nationally over the Internet and promoted nationwide as part of the 2007 series.

"Thousands of players have participated in the Northwestern-Rock Hill series,'' Northwestern athletics director Bill Warren said. "It's a game the whole community looks forward to and talks about all year long. It's an honor to be chosen for this game.''

Both schools will receive a $500 scholarship and the top player of the game will be awarded an MVP trophy.

Two former players from the series -- one from each school -- will be inducted to the Great American Rival Series Hall of Fame. Warren said they will be on hand for the game and be recognized at midfield.

• TRI-COUNTY: The Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association met at the Front Porch Restaurant and chose its players of the week.

In Class AAAA, Northwestern quarterback Will King was chosen Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Trojans' 32-0 win over Fort Mill.

King passed for 246 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for 55 yards and a TD.

The Offensive Player of the Week in Class AAA/AA/A was Lewisville's Antwan Robinson. In a 34-14 upset over previously unbeaten McBee, Robinson had 12 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns. He caught three passes for 94 yards and a TD.

• NO. 1: Byrnes is coming to Clover Friday in a matchup of top 10 schools.

Byrnes (7-0) is No. 1 in the Prep Writers and AP Class AAAA polls. Clover is No. 7 in the Prep Writers poll and in the AP version.

Last year, Clover outgained Byrnes, led by Clemson backup quarterback Willy Korn, 304 yards to 275, but lost 42-13.

Byrnes is also ranked nationally at No. 41 in the latest Student Sports Magazine poll.

The top team is Northwestern (Fla.) (5-0), which moved to the top earlier this season by beating then-No. 1 Carroll (Texas) (4-1) 29-21 in a nationally-televised game.

• SWIMMING: Northwestern will host the Class AAAA state championship swimming meet Saturday at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center on the corner of Rawlinson Road and Heckle Blvd.

The meet begins at 11:05 a.m. Tickets for all day are $6 at the door.

• WRESTLERS: Cain Beard, Rock Hill's new wrestling coach, is starting the Rock Hill Wrestling Club for youngsters ages 5 to grade six.

The cost for membership is $50 and includes an AAU Wrestling membership card, USA Wrestling membership card and a club T-shirt. Sign-ups will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the lobby of the old gym.

Payments can be made in cash or check.

Practices are from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Competitions will be held Saturdays. Further details will be provided.

Audio interview: Barry Byers talks to Clover coach Jet Turner and assistant coach Robbie Wiggins about the Blue Eagles' matchup against No. 1-ranked Byrnes on Friday.