Week 2: Five games to watch in Midlands high school football this Friday
High school football teams all around the area will be back on the field Friday night and we’ve got a break down of the games to keep a close eye on.
The Blythewood Bengals, looking to maintain an undefeated season, will host the Lexington Wildcats. The Swansea Tigers will look to bounce back from their 34-24 Week 1 loss to A.C. Flora when they host Chapin.
Swansea (0-1) at Chapin (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Chapin Eagles will seek to continue their winning streak when they head to Swansea and will be led by their senior quarterback Logan Bailey. Bailey ran for 90 yards and four touchdowns last week in Chapin’s win against Mid-Carolina. He also threw for 217 yards and a score. The senior quarterback now stands at 100 yards rushing with seven touchdowns on the year and 486 yards passing with three touchdowns. Wide receivers Kale Rhame, Evan Estridge and Will Register will be Bailey’s passing targets. Swansea will be led by junior quarterback Chance Walker, who ran for 209 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns while throwing an touchdown pass in their loss against A.C. Flora.
Lexington (0-1) at Blythewood (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Blythewood will try and follow Chapin’s lead as they look to move to 3-0 on the year when they host Lexington. The Bengal’s are coming off a 28-14 win over rival Ridge View in which they were led by senior running back Osei Thomas. Thomas ran 17 times for 113 yards while picking up three touchdowns in the process. The Bengals got it done in the air as well, though, as senior quarterback David Isreal was 12-of-23 for 224 yards with a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Jacob McGuire. Senior quarterback Donny Baker will lead Lexington out against the Bengals. Baker was 18-of-30 for 201 yards and a score in their 27-10 loss to Westside last week, but he also threw four interceptions. Senior running back Slade Carroll will be the workhorse on the ground for the Wildcats, as he ran 13 times for 31 yards against Westside. Lexington will look to improve on those numbers and bounce back this week.
Airport (1-0) at Dreher (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Airport and Dreher enter their matchup at Memorial Stadium undefeated so far this season. Airport is coming off their thrilling 42-37 win over rival Brookland-Cayce while Dreher shutout Columbia last week 47-0. The shutout was the team’s first since 2012, and the Blue Devils have scored a combined 89 points in their first two games. Airport junior quarterback Brett Burnett had an impressive performance in their win over the Bearcats, going 19-fo-26 for 158 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Senior running back Jonathon Earl leads the way on the ground for Airport and ran 20 times for 85 yards last week and caught a touchdown pass as well.
Batesburg-Leesville (1-0) at Brookland-Cayce (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
This will be the 21st meeting between the two schools and the sixth straight year they have played one another. Brookland-Cayce won last year’s game 22-14, and the Bearcats hold a 3-2 record against the Panthers over the past four seasons. Brookland-Cayce also holds the all-time series lead at 11-7-2. Batesburg-Leesville enters the game after accumulating 248 yards of total offense in their 35-0 Week 1 win over Woodland, in which the Panters were led by senior running back Terrance Wilson. Wilson rushed 14 timed for 138 yards and three scores in the win and needs 1,171 more yards and 14 more touchdowns to become the school’s all-time leader in both categories. The Bearcats will use a strong running game against the Panthers. Senior running back A.J. Brown scored two touchdowns in their loss to Airport last week, and senior quarterback Kozi Brown was able to fire a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justice Mills against the Eagles last week.
Northwestern (1-1) at Irmo (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Irmo Yellow Jackets will welcome the Northwestern Trojans from Rock Hill to W.C. Hawkins Stadium. This will be the second straight week Irmo will face a team from the Upstate, after they fell to York last week 45-24. Irmo will look to be at their best to defend their home field and will be led by senior quarterback Ronnie Jamison. Jamison ran 20 times for 106 yards in the loss but scored on a running touchdown and a passing score. Irmo senior quarterback Mason Smith also saw time in their first game, where he threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.