High school football week 2 preview, by Tyler Cupp
CHAPIN AT LUGOFF-ELGIN
Last meeting: Chapin won 24-21 in 2009. Eagles lead the all-time series 14-4
Two young teams battle it out trying to find their footing. Both LE and Chapin have young, but talented offensive lines. The Demons are looking for more positive plays on both sides of the ball after falling 0-2. Whether it be turnovers on offense or broken coverages on defense, the Demons know they have to do better having allowed 53 and 47 points in the first two games.
Chapin is coming off a rivalry win over Mid-Carolina. A low scoring affair that was controlled by the defense. Both these teams could experience a slight hangover considering they played their rivals the previous week. I expect a better game plan from LE but Justin Gentry always seems to have a well disciplined club on the road. His teams are generally fundamentally sound, per my conversations with coaches, regardless of the youth.
Series Note: The Eagles and the Demons at one point played every year from 1982 to 1997 then played two more times in 08 and 09.
GILBERT AT LEXINGTON
First ever meeting between the teams
It’s hard to believe that these two teams have never met. The schools are separated by just eight miles. The opposing coaches in the game have a little bit of family ties and history. Per video by Lou Bezjak, Lexington High coach Perry Woolbright was a ball boy for Gilbert, and his father actually coached Chad Leaphart (Gilbert coach). You probably have families that have ties to both sides and history, so this one surely packs the stands.
But the storyline for me here is on the field. It’s the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. The stingy Lexington defense meeting up with the high-powered Gilbert offense. After limiting two of the Midlands best backs, the Wildcats will be put to the test containing a very efficient Indians passing attack.
IRMO AT DUTCH FORK
Last meeting: Dutch Fork won 49-0 in 2017. Irmo leads the all-time series 17-11. The last win for the Yellowjackets came in 2013.
After Dutch Fork blasted Spring Valley (in surprising fashion) last week, I think a lot of eyes are going to be on this one. Irmo might have the offense to hang with the Silver Foxes. From Kendrell Flowers on the ground to John Ragins at QB, the Yellowjackets can certainly put drives together. Flowers is coming off a four touchdown performance where he accounted for over 200 total yards vs Keenan. But just as good as all that sounds, Dutch Fork has plenty of firepower themselves. I think the Irmo front seven are going to be tested here vs Ron Hoff and the DF rushing attack. Irmo just needs to keep this within striking distance to give themselves a chance in the second half.
Another matchup here that you kind of wonder why it has not happened more often. The Bearcats make the short drive to Northeast to play the Vikings of Spring Valley. This is a Vikings team that you just know wants to redeem itself after a 63-0 loss a week ago. This is a good football team in SV, with multiple Division I athletes on defense including a strong secondary. Their offense is still finding its rhythm having to replace a few skill players and QB, but this triple option attack that they run can sometimes mask those deficiencies. The battle to watch here in my opinion will be the B-C passing attack, led by Reed Charpia, vs the Viking secondary. Even if they don’t get pressure on him, that secondary is as good as any in the Midlands.
Notes: Rusty Charpia became the all time winningest coach in Brookland-Cayce history last week, surpassing John Daye. Rusty has been with the head coach since 2011.
HARTSVILLE AT CAMDEN
Last meeting: Hartsville won 41-7 in 2017. Camden leads the all-time series 46-41-4. This is the 92nd meeting
The oldest rivalry in the state gets renewed at historic Zemp stadium Friday. The Red Foxes and Bulldogs have been playing since 1922. Usually, this game is a measuring stick for both teams. Even Camden fans and alumni will tell you that Hartsville is a bigger rival than Lugoff-Elgin but in a much different way. Yes, the Bulldogs share a county and community with LE, but for so many years, Hartsville was how you measured whether or not the Bulldogs would have a successful season. These are two very proud programs with rich history. And maybe for the first time in a while, this game will have quite a few eyes on it. The Red Foxes are ranked #1 in 4A with the Bulldogs starting to get some pub starting out 2-0. Camden has looked impressive in both games playing good defense and running the football really well. Hartsville has only one game under its belt, a 31-12 win over South Florence.
Series Note: Hartsville has won nine in a row (most in the series for them) with Camden’s last win coming in 2008.
BLYTHEWOOD AT FAIRFIELD CENTRAL
Last meeting: Blythewood won last year 9-6. Bengals lead the all-time series 5-3
I have always thought this was an underrated, fun rivalry. The distance is in close proximity (Blythewood sits on the Fairfield County line) and there are families of Blythewood kids that probably went to Fairfield or have known people there. The talent level is pretty close, as well. I was able to see a good portion of last year’s contest. That’s where I saw Blythewood linebacker Patrick Godbolt, and was just so impressed. He’s back this year as one of the best defenders in the Midands and will need to get his unit to pick up the play as the Bengals offense struggled in week 1. And without knowing the injury status of Bengal QB Quinton Patten, the Bengals should have the slight edge over Fairfield here with the talent at skill positions. As for the Griffins, they have struggled out the gate, falling to 0-2 for the first time since 2006.By looking at the box scores and stats, this Griffin squad has struggled stopping the run. Bengals will no doubt try to attack that.
Fox Creek vs. CA Johnson at Keenan Stadium
The game will be the first in the new Richland One District Stadium. Home to both Keenan and Eau Claire. The Shamrocks will play Wagener-Salley in it on Friday.
Hammond at Ben Lippen
Dating back to 2004, the Skyhawks have won 13 out of 16 times. A few of those years the teams played twice in the same year. The Falcons most recent win in the series came in 2016, where they beat Hammond twice also took the SCISA championship too.
Best of the Rest
Dreher vs. Gray Collegiate at Benedict College
Airport at Swansea
Heathwood Hall at Cardinal Newman
Keenan at White Knoll
Lower Richland at Westwood
McBee at North Central
Mid-Carolina at Saluda
Northside Christian at Greenwood Christian
Pelion at River Bluff
Richland Northeast at Crestwood
St. John’s at WW King