High School Football

Week 7 high school football preview capsules

Fort Mill at Nation Ford

Coaches: FM – Ed Susi, eighth year; NF – Michael Allen, fifth year

Records: FM – 5-2, 1-1 in Region 3-4A; NF – 2-4, 0-1 in Region 3-4A

Last week: Fort Mill beat Clover 14-7; Nation Ford was idle

Last meeting: Nation Ford won 35-28 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: FM – 32.9/18.1; NF – 33.3/47.7

Players to watch: FM – Sr. OL Jimmy Reeves, Sr. DE Mason Jordan, Sr. WR Brandon Plyler, Jr. DE Brett Fergeson; NF – Sr. DB Colt Taylor, Sr. DE Jordan Crawford, Jr. WR Hank Tuipulotu, Sr. RB Keshaun McClure

TV/radio: WRHI 94.3 FM/1340 AM

Need to know: Fort Mill junior QB Rogan Wells threw the ball 168 times (including seven touchdowns) in 11 games last season, just under 15 attempts per game, but he’s already thrown 125 passes, including eight touchdowns, this fall, an indication of Susi letting the tall signal-caller stretch his wings a bit. Wells has only thrown three interceptions and has had a solid year running the Yellow Jackets’ zone-read running game.

Gaffney at York

Coaches: G – Dan Jones, fifth year; Y – Bobby Carroll, fourth year

Records: G – 2-5, 2-0 in Region 3-4A; Y – 6-1, 1-1 in Region 3-4A

Last week: Gaffney beat Rock Hill 31-14; York lost to Northwestern 44-19

Last meeting: York won 35-32 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: G – 29.3/33.7; Y – 35.6/22.7

Players to watch: G – Sr. OL T.J. Haney, Soph. QB Bryson Ward, Sr. RB/DB Jalen Sims, Jr. WR Scott McCluney; Y – Sr. ATH Daurice Simpson, Jr. RB Brandon Garvin, Sr. LB Jordan Webster, Jr. LB Jamar Griffin, Jr. OL Ryan Enniss

TV/radio: 107.1 FM

Need to know: Gaffney running back Jordon Shippy passed the 1,000-yard mark on the play last week against Rock Hill in which he broke his leg and dislocated his ankle, unfortunately ending his high school football career. The Indians were sparked by Shippy’s injury, but will that enthusiasm carry over to this Friday when they face York, which has beaten Gaffney in two straight games? York needs to rebound from two sub-par performances and may have caught Gaffney at just the right time.

Clover at Rock Hill

Coaches: C – Chad Smith, second year; RH – Bubba Pittman, first year

Records: C – 1-5, 0-1 in Region 3-4A; RH – 3-4, 0-2 in Region 3-4A

Last week: Chester lost to Fort Mill 14-7; Rock Hill lost to Gaffney 31-14

Last meeting: Rock Hill won 21-14 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: C – 23.5/31; RH – 26/20.1

Players to watch: C – Soph. RB Willie Clark, Sr. TE/DE Landon Harkey, Sr. FB Zach Conrad, Sr. RB/DB Coby Hamblen; RH – Sr. RB Brandon Croutch, Jr. DL Alan Salgado, Sr. LB D’Nylijah Williams, Sr. LB Emanuel Jones, Jr. WR John McCullough

TV/radio: 104.1 FM

Need to know: Clover is probably the last team Rock Hill wants to see after two straight losses to open region play. The Blue Eagles hogged the ball last week in a 14-7 loss to Fort Mill and will try and do the same thing to the Bearcats at District Three Stadium. Rock Hill needs to put a premium on finishing possessions, a shortcoming that has haunted an otherwise solid team.

Chester at South Pointe

Coaches: C – Anthony Sterling, fifth year; SP – Strait Herron, fourth year

Records: C – 2-4, 0-1 in Region 3-3A; SP – 3-3, 1-0 in Region 3-3A

Last week: Chester lost to Lancaster 27-0; South Pointe beat Union County 35-21

Last meeting: South Pointe won 53-19 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: C – 15.5/29.5; SP - 23.8/24

Players to watch: C – Soph. DB Jon-Michael Sanders, Sr. DE Temaris Dixon, Soph. OL Jaden Hampton, Jr. RB Javarius Gregory; SP – Jr. WR Josh Wilkes, Jr. WR Quay Brown, Jr. QB Greg Ruff, Sr. DL Brandon Fisher

TV/radio: WRHI.com, Comporium Cable Channel 103/1103 HD

Need to know: Chester hasn’t beaten South Pointe in four attempts since the school started playing varsity football in 2006. Last week’s win over Union County got the good mojo working, thanks in part to quarterback Greg Ruff’s 23-of-27 passing effort. He’s completing 71 percent of his passes and brings a vertical dynamic to a South Pointe offense that should light up some scoreboard bulbs the rest of the regular season.

Clinton at Lancaster

Coaches: C – Scott King, fifth year; L – Bobby Collins, first year

Records: C – 0-6, 0-1 in Region 3-3A; L – 5-1, 1-0 in Region 3-3A

Last week: Clinton lost to Broome 28-0; Lancaster beat Chester 27-0

Last meeting: Clinton won 27-13 (1960)

Points scored/allowed: C – 7.8/28.3; L – 28.3/6.8

Players to watch: C – Sr. RB Shakeam Dowdy, Jr. RB Vee Thompson, QB Jay Fuller, Sr. DL Hezekiah Simpson; L – Sr. RB Kadarius Wright, Sr. LB Cameron Meadows, Sr. DB Will Jackson, Soph. RB Ferrika Grier

TV/radio: WRHI.com with 9:30 p.m. replay on 104.1 FM

Need to know: Okay, so Clinton is winless. But the Red Devils’ schedule has been brutal; their opponents are a combined 33-3. Five of their six losses came against teams ranked in the top-10 in the state in 2A and 3A. Lancaster, which has been smothering opponents defensively, cannot take the Red Devils lightly, especially after last season when Clinton lost its first six games then went 4-1 in region play to grab second place and a playoff spot.

Mid-Carolina at Indian Land

Coaches: MC – Louie Alexander, 10th year; IL – Michael Mayer, 14th year

Records: MC – 4-2, 2-1 in Region 3-2A; IL – 3-3, 1-2 in Region 4-2A

Last week: Mid-Carolina beat Columbia 42-7; Indian Land lost to Pageland Central 32-3

Last meeting: never played

Points scored/allowed: MC – 26.7/20.3; IL – 17.3/21.2

Players to watch: MC – Sr. WR/DE Mackenzie Flemon, Jr. RB Rashon Graham, Jr. RB Dee Lindler, Sr. LB Dante Boyd; IL- Jr. FB/LB Austin Gordon, Jr. OL Meeko Barjona, Jr. OL Dakota Brigman, Jr. LB Chris Blakeney

Need to know: Mid-Carolina has bounced back from an 0-11 season thanks to the emergence of a cast of younger players augmenting a solid senior class. The Rebels average 9.3 tackles-for-loss per game (including sacks), led by seniors Mackenzie Flemon and Dante Boyd, and will provide a serious test for Indian Land’s offensive line.

Lamar at Lewisville

Coaches: Lam – Corey Fountain, first year; Lew – Will Mitchell, third year

Records: Lam – 4-2, 1-0 in Region 3-A; Lew – 0-7, 0-1 in Region 3-A

Last week: Lamar beat Andrew Jackson 48-7; Lewisville lost to McBee 63-19

Last meeting: Lamar won 50-7 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: Lam – 30/26.8; Lew – 14.7/45

Players to watch: Lam – RB LaBradford Abson, RB Trevione Ceasar, Sr. LB Hunter Collins; Lew – Soph. LB Daryl Manning, Soph. DL Jene Thompson, Soph. DB Mike Hill, Sr. OL/DL Marquis Hart

Need to know: The Trey Keels-to-Cody Montgomery connection has stood out for Lewisville in the midst of a difficult season. Keels, the sophomore quarterback, has shown promise this season and has thrown for nearly 500 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games. Montgomery, who might have started at quarterback this year, has shown he has a future in college football at tight end. The senior has caught 17 passes the last two weeks and has 44 catches and five touchdowns on the season.

Gray Collegiate Academy at Great Falls

Coaches: GCA – Adam Holmes, first year; GF – Kenneth Schofield, 15th year

Records: GCA – 1-4; GF – 6-0, 1-0 in Region 3-A

Last week: Gray beat Scott’s Branch 48-28; Great Falls beat C.A. Johnson 32-24 in overtime

Last meeting: Great Falls beat Gray 21-16 (second week of this season)

Points scored/allowed: GCA – 20.8/29.6; GF – 29/15

Players to watch: GCA – QB Israel Williamson, DB Brandon Caraway, RB Duncan Rivers; GF – Sr. RB/DB Lemarion Craine, Jr. RB/DB Zy White, Sr. WR/DB Shy Kelly, Jr. OL Tyrek Hoover, Jr. OL Mylek Hoover

Need to know: Gray Collegiate’s first season of high school football ends Friday night in Great Falls, so expect the War Eagles to really bring it one last time. The Red Devils only narrowly escaped Gray with a 21-16 win earlier in the season, but they’ve won four of their six games by eight points or less, suggesting at least a familiarity with close games. Kenneth Schofield’s bunch appears to be rounding into shape as it heads toward the regular season’s final stretch.

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