On Friday, Lewisville faces C.A. Johnson, the Lions’ first opponent this season with a losing record at the time of playing. Lewisville has lost all eight of its games against teams with a combined 40-24 record. The Lions’ two region opponents, McBee and Lamar, are a combined 13-3 and both ranked in the state’s 1A top-10.
“It’s been, you know...” Lewisville coach Will Mitchell sighed. “One of those years, in terms of injuries, being young. We had two or three games in the middle of the year where JV starters started on o-line for varsity.”
Of the Lions’ eight games this season, only one has been against a team with a losing record, the season opener against Chester, a 3A school with roughly 450 more students than Lewisville. Mitchell lauded his seniors for continuing to trudge on, despite the circumstances.
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“We did a lot with our senior class. They’re a good group of kids and we did a lot with them in the offseason and I tell you what I’ve learned is the value of that, more than anything,” said Mitchell. “These kids have held it together. There’s some teams I’ve been around in the past that if you’re 0-4, they’ll hang it up. This team, it’s not what they want, they’re not happy about it, but they’re not quitting either.”
Lewisville will return close to 40 players next season, a product of an incredibly young roster. That bodes well for the future, but Mitchell still has his eyes on the Lions’ final two games of the season. Due to 1A playoff rules, if Lewisville can beat either C.A. Johnson or rival Great Falls, it should make the postseason, especially given the strength of schedule.
“We didn’t anticipate the schedule being the way it was, but we’ll see,” said Mitchell. “I told the kids that we’ve got four days of practice and a game, and we’ll revisit things next Monday. And hopefully we’ll revisit things the Monday after that.”
As Mitchell said, the 2014 Lewisville football team hasn’t completely written its story yet.
Inside track on fourth place in Region 3-4A up for grabs Friday at Clover
Clover hosts Gaffney Friday in a pivotal Region 3-4A matchup. Northwestern, Fort Mill and York have pulled away from the pack in the seven-team region, while Rock Hill’s four-week swoon has seen it fall to the bottom of the region standings. At 0-3, Nation Ford is only a bye week away from possibly joining the Bearcats there.
That leaves Gaffney, 2-1, and Clover, 1-2, as the main candidates for the region’s automatic fourth playoff berth. Friday’s affair should be a bloody, muddy, smash-up between two sides that struggle in the passing game and prefer running the ball right down the opposition’s gut.
The Indians have a number of uncharacteristic weaknesses throughout their squad, including an abundance of inexperience and a lack of Division I playmakers at the skill positions. Unfortunately for Clover, the defensive line is not one of Gaffney’s soft spots.
Gaffney is allowing opponents just 87.5 rushing yards per game, and only 3.3 yards per carry. The Indians’ front line is led by three seniors – 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle Eb Covington and defensive ends Jacob Lemaster and Devante “Gumbie” Horne.
Gaffney has one more advantage working in its favor. The Indians come into the Clover clash off a bye week, giving Dan Jones’ team an extra week to prepare for the region’s most unique offense, the Blue Eagles’ double-wing.
Anderson goes off on Chester in Broome win
Broome’s Desmond Anderson went nuts against Chester. The senior running back ran the ball 17 times against the Cyclones, piling up 339 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged nearly 12 yards per carry, and pitched in a 55-yard punt return for his seventh touchdown of the contest.
Afterward, Chester coach Anthony Sterling told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal that Anderson is “a hard-nosed guy. I’m surprised he’s not in the Shrine Bowl.”
Ask South Pointe’s coaches and they may agree. They’ll be watching film of Anderson, the reigning 3A long jump state champion, all week ahead of the two teams’ matchup Friday.
South Pointe up to No. 7 in latest 3A rankings
The S.C. Prep Media Poll released Tuesday evening has South Pointe up to No. 7 in 3A after the Stallions’ 14-7 win over previous No. 9 Lancaster. The Bruins fell out of the poll, but are still receiving votes.
Great Falls also tumbled out of the 1A poll after getting thumped 60-7 by McBee in its first loss of the campaign. The Red Devils are still receiving votes, but face another tough Region 3-A matchup this week at No. 5 Lamar.
North Augusta’s loss to White Knoll allowed teams in the 4A rankings to nudge up one notch, York and Northwestern included. The Cougars, who face Fort Mill this week, are No. 6, while Northwestern, which faces Nation Ford, is No. 7.
S.C. Prep Media Football Poll – Week 9
1. Byrnes; 2. Dutch Fork; 3. Goose Creek; 4. Dorman; 5. Westwood; 6. York; 7. Northwestern; 8. Fort Dorchester; 9. North Augusta; T10. South Florence; T10. Hillcrest
Others receiving votes: Spartanburg, Stratford, Westside
1. Myrtle Beach; 2. Hartsville; 3. Wren; 4. Greer; 5. Daniel; 6. Broome; 7. South Pointe; 8. Belton-Honea Path; 9. A.C. Flora; 10. Emerald
Others receiving votes: Hanahan, Seneca, Lancaster, Chapin, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Swansea, Georgetown
1. Dillon; 2. Loris; 3. Timberland; 4. Woodruff; 5. Fairfield Central; 6. Chesnee; 7. Batesburg-Leesville; 8. Newberry; 9. Keenan; 10. Barnwell
Others receiving votes: Strom Thurmond, Powdersville, Mid-Carolina, Cheraw, Central
1. Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Hemingway; 4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 5. Lamar; 6. McBee; 7. Williston-Elko; 8. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 9. Estill; T10. Lakeview; T10. Calhoun County
Others receiving votes: Great Falls, St. Joseph’s
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Andrew Macke, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Thomas Grant, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.
Tri-County Coaches’ Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Rogan Wells, Fort Mill – junior quarterback completed 14 of 25 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown, and also ran the ball 21 times for 90 yards and another touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ comeback win over Rock Hill.
Defensive player: Nick Sturgill, York – Sturgill made 15 total tackles (five solo, four primary, six assisted), two quarterback pressures, a sack, and a pass break-up during York’s win over Nation Ford.
Offensive lineman: Yari Wright, Northwestern – Wright made three pancake blocks and received a 90 percent blocking grade during the Trojans’ win over Clover.
Defensive lineman: Devionne Chalk, York – junior made 11 tackles (two solo, three primary, six assisted), one sack, one tackle-for-loss, and eight quarterback pressures during the Cougars’ win over Nation Ford.
Special teams: Buddy Anderson, York – senior hit 5 of 6 point-after tries, a 32-yard field goal and knocked six kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
Offensive Player of the Week: Jay Hood, Lancaster – senior had a big game in the loss to South Pointe, catching nine passes for 166 yards.
Defensive player: Logan Teeter, Indian Land – junior made 13 tackles in the Warriors’ win over North Central.
Offensive lineman: Dakota Brigman, Indian Land – offensive lineman received an 81 percent grade-out.
Defensive lineman: Dwyante Bates, Indian Land – senior defensive lineman made six tackles, including one for a loss, during Indian Land’s win over North Central.
Special teams: Shea Rodgers, Indian Land – senior kicker made both of his point-after attempts, 33 and 34-yard field goals and averaged 51 yards on five punts.