Rock Hill at Gaffney
Coaches: RH – Bubba Pittman, first year; G – Dan Jones, fifth year
Records: RH – 3-3, 0-1; G – 1-5, 1-0
Last week: Rock Hill lost to York 17-13; Gaffney beat Nation Ford 59-21
Last meeting: Gaffney won 73-12 (2011)
Points scored/allowed: RH – 28/18.3; G – 29/37
Players to watch: RH – Jr. QB Brandon Banks, Jr. DL Antwain Johnson, Sr. LB Treyvon Edwards, Jr. LB Donavon Perryman, Sr. LB D’Nylijah Williams; G – Sr. OL T.J. Haney (committed to Wake Forest), Sr. WR Greg Ellis, Sr. RB Jordon Shippy, Sr. DT Eb Covington.
TV/radio: WRHI-FM 94.3/AM 1340
Need to know: Rock Hill has lost its last four to Gaffney, dating back to 2006, but something feels different right now with the Bearcats. It’s all based on defense; Rock Hill has held its last two opponents under 20 points and 300 yards of offense, an accomplishment with just three senior starters in this era of football. They’ll face a run-based Gaffney attack Friday night that will look to wear down the Bearcats. This will be another find-out-what-you’re-made-of game for Bubba Pittman’s team.
Lancaster at Chester
Coaches: L – Bobby Collins, first year; C – Anthony Sterling, fifth year
Records: L – 4-1; C – 2-3
Last week: Lancaster beat Lewisville 56-8; Chester was idle
Last meeting: Chester won 21-12 (2011)
Points scored/allowed: L – 28.6/11.4; C – 17/30
Players to watch: L – Sr. ATH Dre Bailey, Sr. DL Juanyae Richardson, Sr. QB Keendarius Truesdale, Sr. RB Kadarius Wright; C – Sr. QB Tommy Sanders (FBS interest, FCS offers), Sr. DE Temaris Dixon, Jr. RB Javarious Gregory, Soph. RB Jalyn Reid
TV/radio: listen live on WRHI.com; 9:45 p.m. replay on FM 104.1
Need to know: These two teams’ region opener will test their differing theories on non-region scheduling. The Bruins, under a first-year coach, played two 3A teams (Richland Northeast and Camden), two 2As and a 1A; Chester played Fairfield Central, Rock Hill and York, as well as a 1A and 3A school. On paper the Cyclones might seem better prepared. They’re coming off a bye week, which could be an advantage, while Lancaster’s defense has been stingy thus far, allowing just 8.2 points per game.
Pageland Central at Indian Land
Coaches: PC – Joey Mangum, 11th year; IL – Michael Mayer, 14th year
Records: PC – 3-2, 2-0; IL – 3-2, 1-1
Last week: Central beat Andrew Jackson 39-6; Indian Land beat Chesterfield 10-7
Last meeting: Central won 38-7 (2013)
Points scored/allowed: PC – 20.2/13.2; IL – 20.2/19
Players to watch: PC – Sr. WR/DE Travay Hatten, Sr. RB Quan Welch, Jr. DE/LB Tebias Melton, Sr. RB Daquan Baker; IL – Jr. LB Chris Blakeney, Sr. DB Derian Gueldner, Jr. FB/LB Austin Gordon, Sr. DL Dwyante Bates, Sr. DE/WR Brandon Sellers
TV/radio: Listen online at https://network1sports.com/station/pageland
Need to know: Central has beaten Indian Land in each of the eight games they’ve played, starting in 2006. The Eagles have a speedy, athletic team that is based on the run. The Warriors can’t match Central’s physical abilities but they have shown a definite knack for dominating the ball and playing old-school smash-mouth football. They’ll have to do that again Friday night in probably wet weather, if they’re to get off the snide against Central.
C.A. Johnson at Great Falls
Coaches: CAJ – Jerry Jackson, eighth year; GF – Kenneth Schofield, 15th year
Records: CAJ – 2-4; GF – 5-0
Last week: C.A. Johnson lost to Dreher 49-2; Great Falls beat Wagener-Salley 35-6
Last meeting: Great Falls won 47-20 (2013)
Points scored/allowed: CAJ – 10.3/30.3; GF – 28.2/13.4
Rankings: GF – No. 7 in the S.C. Prep Media 1A poll
Players to watch: CAJ – Sr. QB Charles Mallory, Jr. RB Makel Barnes, Sr. DL Wendell Bing; GF – Sr. FB/LB Hakeem Simpson, Sr. QB Chris Culp, Jr. RB/DB Zykevion White, Jr. TE Raheem Bowers
Need to know: Johnson is a one-man show led by Mallory, who has over half of the team’s total offensive yardage and is also the third-leading tackler. One of Great Falls’ strengths so far this season has been getting contributions from everyone on the roster. No reason to believe the Red Devils, who have forced over two turnovers that led to touchdowns directly or indirectly per game, will stop this Friday in their region opener.
Lewisville at McBee
Coaches: L – Will Mitchell, third year; M – Charlie Poole, fourth year
Records: L – 0-6; M – 4-1
Last week: Lewisville lost to Lancaster 56-8; McBee was idle
Last meeting: Lewisville won 31-20 (2013)
Points scored/allowed: L- 14/40.5; M- 39/18.8
Players to watch: L – Sr. WR Darnell Cabbagestalk, Soph. LB Daryl Manning, Sr. RB Christian Laws, Jr. RB/LB Malik Stewart, Soph. DB Mike Hill; M – RB Dashonnell Wright, RB Jordan Fair.
Need to know: McBee, the perennial 1A whipping boy from the woods back east, has got a team this year. Lewisville’s Mitchell said one of the Panthers’ clearest qualities is their opportunistic, able to create flurries of turnovers and points in a hurry. This will be another tough game for the Lions, who must limit their offensive giveaways if they’re to have a shot at upsetting a team on the cusp of the 1A state rankings.