High School Football

Week 8 high school football preview capsules

South Pointe at Lancaster

Coaches: SP – Strait Herron, fourth year; L – Bobby Collins, first year

Records: SP – 4-3, 2-0 in Region 3-3A; L – 6-1, 2-0 in Region 3-3A

Last week: South Pointe beat Chester 44-24; Lancaster beat Clinton 13-12

Last meeting: South Pointe won 42-0 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: SP – 26.7/24; L- 26.1/7.6

Rankings: SP – ranked No. 10 in S.C. Prep Media 3A poll; L – ranked No. 9 in S.C. Prep Media 3A poll

TV/radio: FM 107.1

Players to watch: L – Sr. DL Juanyae Richardson, Jr. DB DeMonte Bell, Sr. RB Kadarius Wright, Sr. LB Cameron Meadows; SP – Jr. WR Nick McCloud, Sr. DL Brandon Fisher, Sr. LB Ty Barber, Sr. OL Steven Bledsoe

Need to know: Zaylin Burris started the first five games at quarterback for South Pointe but has moved to outside linebacker (while still practicing as a QB), further strengthening the Stallion defense. Lancaster’s run game will provide the toughest test for South Pointe’s defense; the Bruins are averaging 186 yards per game on the ground and scat-back Kadarius Wright has blossomed this year behind an offensive line that’s doing well. If South Pointe can slow Wright, it has an excellent chance of winning its third region game in a row.

Chester at Broome

Coaches: C – Anthony Sterling, fifth year; B- Jet Turner, third year

Records: C – 2-5, 0-2 in Region 3-3A; B - 6-1, 2-0 in Region 3-3A

Last week: Chester lost to South Pointe 44-24; Broome beat Union County 36-35

Last meeting: Broome won 23-15 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: C – 16.7/31.6; B – 36.4/28

Rankings: Broome is is tied for seventh in the S.C. Prep Media 3A state rankings

TV/radio: FM 90.3

Players to watch: C – Sr. WR Earl Hinton, Sr. LB Josh Hicks, Sr. DL Temaris Dixon, Sr. QB Tommy Sanders; B - Sr. LB Bauveir Jackson, Sr. RB Desmond Jackson, Soph. LB D’Marco Jackson, Sr. DL Anthony Smith

Need to know: The Centurions average 345 yards rushing per game, with the 263 yards they racked up in a 28-0 win over Clinton the season-low. Senior back Desmond Jackson already has 1,297 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns this season, a product of strong running in a brutally blunt system. Folks around here, including Chester’s coach staff, will remember Jet Turner’s Clover teams, and this Broome one looks very similar. The Centurions defense hasn’t been exactly water-tight, but so far it hasn’t cost them.

Nation Ford at York

Coaches: NF – Michael Allen, fifth year; Y – Bobby Carroll, fourth year

Records: NF – 2-5, 0-2 in Region 3-4A; Y – 7-1, 2-1 in Region 3-4A

Last week: Nation Ford lost to Fort Mill 67-38; York beat Gaffney 38-13

Last meeting: York won 66-24 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: NF – 34/50.4; Y – 35.9/21.5

Rankings: Y – ranked No. 6 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 10 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16

TV/radio: FM 104.1

Players to watch: NF – Sr. DB/WR Ervin Lassiter, Jr. WR Hank Tuipulotu, Sr. DE Jordan Crawford, Sr. OL James Twedt; Y – Sr. ATH Daurice Simpson, Sr. WR Kyron Schrouder, Sr. LB Jordan Webster, Soph. ATH Wally Wilmore

Need to know: Nation Ford has thrown for 300 or more yards in every game but one, but the Falcons have only held one opponent under 200 yards rushing this season, a chief contributor to their 2-5 record. York’s running game has been relatively quiet the last two weeks, both sub-100-yard performances, but the Cougars should get right Friday.

Rock Hill at Fort Mill

Coaches: RH – Bubba Pittman, first year; FM – Ed Susi, eighth year

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

Last week: Rock Hill lost to Clover 21-14; Fort Mill beat Nation Ford 67-38

Last meeting: Rock Hill won 29-23 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: RH – 24.5/20.3; FM – 37.1/23.1

TV/radio: WRHI-FM 94.3/AM 1340

Players to watch: RH – Sr. OL Jeff Eberspeaker, Sr. DL Wayne Simmons, Sr. LB D’Nylijah Williams, Jr. QB Brandon Banks; FM – Sr. WR Brandon Plyler, Jr. QB Rogan Wells, Jr. DE Brett Fergeson, Sr. RB Malik Long

Need to know: The Bearcats have been in a funk the last three weeks, but maybe having their backs to the wall will jolt them awake. Simply put, Rock Hill needs to win all of its final three region games to earn an automatic playoff bid. That won’t be easy to do, starting with the Yellow Jackets who scored 67 points last week. As much as Bubba Pittman’s team needs a big defensive performance, its offense – led by banged up play-makers Brandon Croutch and Deshaun McFadden – must come alive during this crucial juncture of the season.

Clover at Northwestern

Coaches: C – Chad Smith, second year; NW – Kyle Richardson, fourth year

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

Last week: Clover beat Rock Hill 21-14; Northwestern was idle

Last meeting: Northwestern won 49-6 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: C – 23.1/28.6; NW – 36.6/27.6

Rankings: NW – ranked No. 8 in S.C. Prep Media 4A poll, No. 11 in Charlotte Observer Sweet 16

TV/radio: Comporium Cable channel 103/1103 or listen live on WRHI.com

Players to watch: C- Soph. WB Willie Clark, Sr. WB/DB Coby Hamblen, Sr. OL/DE Barrett Courtwright, Jr. QB Noah Lindsay; Jr. LB Trae’von Hinton, Jr. DL Jamah Mitchell, Sr. LB Gabe Gresham, Soph. RB Jerry Howard

Need to know: Clover had the ball for nearly 40 of the 48 minutes of last year’s game and still lost to the Trojans 49-6. Fortunately for the Blue Eagles, this year’s Northwestern offense isn’t quite as explosive. That said, Clover’s defense will be challenged by Dupree Hart’s shiftiness in a Trojan offense that can dominate the ball and clock when needed, thanks to a stout rushing attack. The score and time of possession should be much closer this year, though it would take a mighty upset to change the result.

North Central at Indian Land

Coaches: NC – Louis Clyburn, third year; IL – Michael Mayer, 14th year

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

Last week: North Central beat Andrew Jackson 27-21; Indian Land lost to Mid-Carolina 28-23

Last meeting: Indian Land won 48-0 (2011)

Points scored/allowed: NC – 23/22.9; IL – 18.1/22.1

Players to watch: NC – Sr. RB William Jenkins, Sr. DB Jay Parks, Soph. RB/DB Cedrick Cunningham; IL – Jr. FB/LB Austin Gordon, Sr. WR/DE Brandon Sellers, Soph. RB Lee Massey, Jr. OL Jacob Williams

Need to know: Indian Land has lost the only two games this season in which it didn’t rush for 100 yards or more. The recipe is simple for the Warriors: run the ball well and don’t turn it over. Follow that recipe and Indian Land should have the inside track on a Region 4-2A playoff spot.

McBee at Great Falls

Coaches: M – Charlie Poole, fourth year; GF – Kenneth Schofield, 15th year

Records: M – 6-1, 2-0 in Region 3-A; GF – 7-0, 1-0 in Region 3-A

Last week: McBee beat C.A. Johnson 48-0; Great Falls beat Gray Collegiate 28-20

Last meeting: Great Falls won 29-22 (2013)

Points scored/allowed: M – 43.7/16.1; GF – 28.9/15.7

Rankings: M – ranked No. 8 in S.C. Prep Media 1A poll; GF – ranked No. 7 in S.C. Prep Media 1A poll

Players to watch: M – Dashonnell Wright, RB Jordan Fair, RB Quentin Tedder; GF – Soph. DE Darian Stevenson, Sr. OL Ty Ross, Sr. QB Chris Culp, Sr. ATH Shy Kelly

Need to know: Great Falls has won 14 of its last 15 games against McBee, but this is a different-looking bunch of Panthers. McBee coach Charlie Poole took Lamar to three straight 1A state semifinals and the seeds he planted at McBee three years ago have bloomed this season. The Panthers’ high-scoring offense has produced three rushers with more than 500 yards already this season. This will be Great Falls’ biggest test this season... until a road game at Lamar next week.