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The Herald collected some of the best plays from Week 5 high school football in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.
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The Herald collected some of the best plays from Week 5 high school football in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Find everything you need to know ahead of Week 6 high school football in The Herald’s coverage area. Click on the links below to jump to different sections:

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Fort Mill at Rock Hill

Last week: Fort Mill lost to York 42-14; Rock Hill beat Lugoff-Elgin 44-10

Last meeting: Rock Hill won 21-16 (2017)

Key players: FM - WR Cam Saunders, DB Steven Neese, DL/TE Noah Stoudamire, LB Brandon Jennings. RH - OL Devin Armstrong, DE Thomas Rainey, DT Logan Hicks, LB Caison Jones.

Need to know: Rock Hill has rushed for 680 yards in the last two games, albeit against opponents that are a combined 2-10. But Fort Mill is 1-5 and one of the Yellow Jackets’ critical weaknesses has been stopping opponents’ run game. York battered Fort Mill last week, and it’d be wild for Rock Hill to not attempt to do the same. This game -- the third straight in which Rock Hill would probably be the favorite -- will be another test of the Bearcats’ ability to win games that they should. It’s also a chance for Fort Mill to evaporate its non-region struggles in one dramatic swipe.

Clover at Nation Ford

Last week: Clover lost to Irmo 42-34; Nation Ford was idle

Last meeting: Nation Ford won 38-27 (2017)

Key players: C - ATH Nygle Biggers, QB Gabe Carroll, WR Heze Massey, LB Shon Brown. NF - DB Petey Tuipulotu, OL Aronde Smith, RB Nathan Mahaffey, LB Michael Peterson.

Need to know: Turnovers -- including a 99-yard fumble returned for a touchdown and an interception returned to the 1-yard line and later turned into a TD -- put Clover in a 14-0 hole last week against Irmo. Cut those out and the Blue Eagles should have a good chance of victory against Nation Ford. The Falcons have had a whole extra week to prepare, though the team’s head coach, Michael Allen, was undoubtedly focused on his family after his 91-year old father, Gus, the former Fort Mill football coach, passed away. It’s very likely Nation Ford, which has won three straight against Clover, will have the emotional edge, upping the importance of the Blue Eagles playing a clean game offensively.

Westwood at South Pointe

Last week: Westwood beat Fairfield Central 48-20; South Pointe beat Indian Land 52-0

Last meeting: South Pointe won 48-7 (2017)

Key players: W - WR Cortes Braham, DB Cam Smith (South Carolina commit), QB Ahmon Green. SP - LB Savion White, DB Troy Frazier, OL Jackson Chappell, WR Ty Good.

Need to know: South Pointe has beaten Westwood by a combined 105-14 in the two schools’ two previous meetings. Friday’s game should be closer. The Redhawks have a large QB (Green) and an elite defensive back (Smith), but it’s not clear if they’ve made up enough ground to challenge the Stallions. South Pointe is rolling offensively, averaging 567 yards in the last three games. A big reason: senior and big-play conveyor belt Marice Whitlock, who is averaging 19 yards per touch -- whether, rush or reception -- in those three games.

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Indian Land at Chester

Last week: Indian Land lost to South Pointe 52-0; Chester beat Carolina Pride 67-14

Last meeting: Chester won 35-34 (2017)

Key players: IL - RB Jiquese Tinsley, LB Dumkele Idehen, DB Gabe Faulkner, LB Robby Csuhta. C - OL Montez Hall, RB/LB Pha’Leak Brown, ATH Zion Mills, LB Jovonti Jackson.

Need to know: Chester probably took Indian Land lightly last season and the Warriors probably should have won that game, which the Cyclones instead won on a TD with 3.5 seconds left. It’s hard to see this season’s game being as close, simply because of Indian Land’s pervasive offensive troubles, coupled with a hardened ruthlessness that Chester started showing in 2018. The Warriors have scored 21 points in their last four contests and simply need to put more points on the board to have a shot at the postseason.

York at Ridge View

Last week: York beat Fort Mill 42-14; Ridge View beat Keenan 62-8

Last meeting: York won 59-26 (2017)

Key players: Y - LB Kenny Byrd, WR Dashawn Brown, WR Jorden Evans, DB Joseph Milton. RV - ATH Walyn Napper, DE Deaundre Brown, LB Dwight Jacobs.

Need to know: Ridge View has allowed just 21 points in its last three games, all wins. York’s defense will have a big focus on dynamic Blazers standout Walyn Napper. He does a little of everything -- catching passes, running the ball, returning kicks -- and all of it well. The Cougars had 8.5 sacks and 18 tackles-for-loss against Fort Mill last week. A repeat of that performance by the York front seven could lead to a 1-0 region record.

Richland Northeast at Lancaster

Last week: Richland Northeast lost to Camden 45-0; Lancaster was idle

Last meeting: Lancaster won 25-23 (2017)

Key players: RNE - RB Twontae Wallace, DB Jaiden Jeffery, WR LaBruce English. L - OL Jalen Tatah, LB Immanuel Bush, RB Asont’a Clark, ATH Nygel Moore.

Need to know: Lancaster got cracked in its loss to Chester two weeks ago, but the Bruins had a well-timed bye week to lick their wounds. They open region play against Richland Northeast, which has been shut out in three of its four games. Richland Northeast has struggled on both sides of the ball and Lancaster will try to flex its run game muscles on the Cavaliers. It’s a must-win Region 3-4A game for the Bruins, whose remaining schedule only gets tougher.

Lewisville at Buford

Last week: Lewisville lost to Central 54-18; Buford beat Andrew Jackson 28-7

Last meeting: Buford won 38-20 (2017)

Key players: L - WR Brayden Lee, LB Will Stone, RB Deven McCrorey. B - RB Tyheim Miller, QB Brayden Phillips, LB Webber Moore.

Need to know: Buford started 0-3, but scored impressive wins over Chesterfield and Andrew Jackson the last two weeks to vault to the top of Region 4-2A’s standings. Buford took advantage of several critical injuries to Vols QBs to get the win, despite completing just four passes during the game. Lewisville has shown explosive offensive capabilities in flashes this season, especially on kickoff returns. The Lions will need a few of those plays to get a first region win.

Camden Military at Great Falls

Last week: Camden Military was idle; Great Falls beat Ware Shoals 36-30 (5 OT)

Last meeting: Great Falls won 42-0 (2011)

Key players: CM - DL James Oribhabor, LB Ryan Neel, OL Gage Noel. GF - WR Xavien Moore, FB/LB Da’Shawn Johnson, DL Ubi Ferrufino-Stanley.

Need to know: Great Falls showed grit in its five-overtime win last week that would have thrilled coach Scotty Steen, grit that the program just didn’t possess the last few years. The Red Devils also showed they’ve got play-makers outside of just star receiver Kelton Talford. Freshman Xavien Moore made some important contributions in OT, including a nifty move on the game-winning catch and run, while D.J. Adams was everywhere, in all three phases of the game. More of that and Great Falls could be 4-2 headed into region play.

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The Herald collected some of the best plays from Week 5 high school football in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

South Pointe’s Marice Whitlock earned play of the week honors from Week 4, after receiving 62 percent of the popular vote. Check out the nominees from Week 5 -- which again include Whitlock -- and vote for the best play below (or here if you’re on a mobile device):

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4A, 5A schools

Shaw Littleton, York - the 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior graded 92 percent during the Cougars’ 42-14 win over Fort Mill. He added eight knockdown blocks. Littleton is president of York Comprehensive’s Future Farmers of America chapter and enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time. York offensive line coach John Boggs said Littleton is a dedicated leader of the Cougar offensive linemen and that he’s one of the team’s most physical players up front.

1A, 2A, 3A schools

Keith Boyd, Chester - the 6-foot-1, 250-pound guard graded 88 percent as the Cyclones rushed for six touchdowns and 300-plus yards. The son of a pastor and college professor, Boyd is a talented singer and performs in a gospel music group with his sisters on weekends. Boyd has a 4.4 GPA and has started for the Cyclones since his sophomore year.

Nominated: Jackson Chappell, South Pointe.

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Player Team Attempts Yards TDs
Kemarkio Cloud LA 69 786 11
Sebastian Lach FM 116 758 11
Narii Gaither RH 97 749 7
Nathan Mahaffey NF 116 698 4
Pha'Leak Brown CH 69 592 8
Joe Ervin SP 84 582 8
Noah Thompson RH 76 581 4
David Hall CL 82 523 8
Stan Mills CH 68 484 6
Nygel Moore LA 54 399 3
Emmanuel Wright CH 47 389 5
Zan Dunham CH 90 371 5
Antonio Heath NW 71 321 3
Stephen Oglesby YO 55 294 6
Brandon Britton IL 67 283 5
SOURCE: Local schools

Player Team Attps Comp. Int Yards TDs
Gabe Carroll CL 174 119 8 1643 13
Tahleek Steele SP 121 77 5 1236 15
Dylan Helms FM 158 88 5 1037 7
Dustin Noller NW 152 79 5 825 4
Wayde Prince NF 108 60 8 656 7
Hayden Jackson RH 89 48 3 656 6
Kemarkio Cloud LA 63 36 1 643 5
Christian Yoder LE 76 40 3 469 4
Tanner McKinney YO 78 33 5 419 3
Zan Dunham CH 53 31 4 341 4
Demetric Hardin LE 27 13 0 285 1
Grayson Barber IL 65 21 5 278 0
D.J. Adams GF 51 23 2 269 6
Markus Nastase CL 21 9 1 163 2
Jashawn Jason LE 18 10 1 147 4
SOURCE: Local schools

Player Team Recepts Yards TDs
Heze Massey CL 34 464 4
Zion Robbins CL 25 451 2
Marice Whitlock SP 17 421 4
Antonio Barber RH 18 386 5
Cam Saunders FM 23 365 4
Jaylin Lane CL 23 357 3
Brayden Lee LE 16 294 0
Jadon Scott LE 19 290 4
Kelton Talford GF 15 279 5
Gregory Bivens Jr. NW 17 269 1
David Hall CL 17 250 1
Jamaar Moore NW 29 235 0
Isaac Ross SP 16 233 4
Ty Good SP 14 229 3
Kaleb Starnes NF 12 223 2
SOURCE: Local schools

Name Team Tackles
Robby Csuhta IL 63
Savion White SP 63
Michael Peterson NF 54
Cole Rasmussen FM 52
Steven Neese FM 51
Greg Johnson NW 50
Dorian Williams IL 48
Jalon Mickle NW 48
Octaveion Minter CH 47
Hayden Johnson CL 45
Dorrien Bagley CH 43
Petey Tuipulotu NF 39
Troy Frazier SP 39
Kenny Byrd YO 39
Terrence Mills CH 38
Teddy Murphy CH 38
Da'Shawn Johnson GF 37
Will Stone LE 37
Avery Wilcox FM 36
Brandon Jennings FM 35
Tahj Knight IL 35
SOURCE: Local schools

Name Team Interceptions
A.J. Jefferson IL 4
Anthony Jackson RH 4
Jaylen Mahoney SP 3
Omega Blake SP 3
Dorrien Bagley CH 2
Zion Mills CH 2
Jay Falls CL 2
Avery Wilcox FM 2
Dorian Williams IL 2
Petey Tuipulotu NF 2
Fentrell Cypress NW 2
Joseph Milton YO 2
SOURCE: Local schools

Name Team Sacks
Teddy Murphy CH 6
Cam Steele YO 6
Rontarius Aldridge SP 5
Hunter Funderburk GF 4
Brian Phillip YO 4
Cornelius Barber IL 3
Desmond Ivey IL 3
Jeff Mayes LE 3
Michael Peterson NF 3
SOURCE: Local schools

Forced fumbles
Name Team Forced fumbles
Terrence Mills CH 2
Quay Evans CH 2
James Hyland FM 2
Da'Shawn Johnson GF 2
SOURCE: Local schools

Fumble recoveries
Name Team Recovered fumbles
Justin Montgomery GF 3
Ly'Terrence Mills CH 2
Hakeem Jackson RH 2
SOURCE: Local schools

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