This is Rivalry Week in certain Lexington County circles.
Teams with longstanding histories against each other usually use the early portion of the schedule for crowd-drawing contests.
It’s also an opportunity for teams to improve before region play.
Here are some of those contests:
• Airport at Brookland-Cayce – This is a unique rivalry. Both teams have faced each other twice a season in the same region. The Region 4-4A title was on the line when last the two rivals met. Airport won 38-27 to take a 46-30 lead in the series.
• Batesburg-Leesville at Gilbert – The Panthers dominated “The Battle of Highway 1” with a 27-6 advantage. That changed since Gilbert Coach Chad Leaphart returned to his alma mater. The Indians have won three straight for the first time ever in the series and are playing the second of three home games opening the season.
• Mid-Carolina at Chapin – The “Battle of the Bell” is one of the state’s oldest rivalries. Named after the bell used on the train from Chapin to Prosperity, the matchup dates to 1961. The Chapin Eagles hold a 44-16 advantage and have won the last six meetings. Friday’s game will air on WACH 57 (1250 on Time Warner Cable).
FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (Lexington County/Town of Irmo)
(All games start at 7:30 pm)
Airport at B-C
•B-L at Gilbert
•Mid-Carolina at Chapin
•Dutch Fork at Spring Valley
•GCA at Swansea
•W.J. Keenan at Irmo
•Dreher at Lexington
•NCA at Laurens Academy
•Calhoun County at Pelion
•RNE at River Bluff
•Andrew Jackson Academy at W.W. King
•White Knoll at Colleton County
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