CAMDEN 33 LUGOFF-ELGIN 20
The 40th edition of the Wateree River rivalry went to the Bulldogs of Camden. It was their second straight win in the series and 32nd overall. The Bulldogs got over 170 yards rushing again from electric running back Willis Lane. But it was also a big night for sophomore Anthony Lyles who caught three touchdowns from QB Jafari Pearson in the win. It might have been the coming out part of sorts for those two. In order for Camden to make a run in the region or postseason, they need the poise they got from Pearson on Friday. However, I was most impressed with John Copley at defensive end for Camden. He wreaked havoc and was all over the field. He won some battles with top 20 prospect Parker Clements in the trenches. Camden gets an even bigger test this week when they travel to Kellytown to take on powerhouse Hartsville. In the loss, Anthony Gary caught a touchdown pass and Eli McGee ran in for his first touchdown of the season. Demons are hoping to get senior tailback Tyler Dixon back in a few weeks.
WESTWOOD 14 BLYTHEWOOD 7
Some were surprised by this final. I expected Westwood to play better than they did last week and sure enough they pulled this one out. The Redhawk defense had some big bodies up front and good tackling linebackers in the second level. Nick Gilliam was the workhorse rushing for 120 yards on 20 carries. I think the jury is still out on the Bengals. The offense has had a mixed bag of success. They played on a short week winning Monday over Ridge View then a battle with their cross town rival four days later. So tough to gage after two games. And for that matter, the Westwood offense still has some lingering questions. They are still without their star wideout Christian Horn. I think a lot of people expected more offensive output for the talent they had returning. But talking with new coach Matt Quinn, I think they will get it fixed. He’s a bright offensive mind and has a great focus for his guys.
HAMMOND 42 BEN LIPPEN 7
The Skyhawks are fine. After their 25 game losing streak coming to an end on national television last week, Hammond bounced back with a drubbing of their Columbia rival. Speaking of bouncing back, Jackson Muschamp threw for three touchdowns and accounted for 300 yards after turning it over five times last week vs Southern Columbia (PA) in week zero.
AC FLORA UNION
Watch out Midlands, the Falcons are coming. This was a major statement game for the AC Flora Falcons. I’m not sure how much was expected with a new coach coming in and some talent graduating but this Falcon team has really impressed after two weeks. Beating a quality team like Union has raised some eyebrows including myself. Matt Pack has emerged as a possible star as he rushed for 226 yards and five total touchdowns, including one he threw. Dustin Curtis has a lot of excitement brewing for fans and Forest Acres.
CHAPIN 35 MID-CAROLINA 20
In the battle of the Bell, the Eagles pulled away with their 45th win in the series. Roger Pedroni had one of his most efficient games as an Eagles throwing 25 of 30 passes for 271 yards. He also ran for 90 yards and three scores. Cooper Evans added 130 yards on the ground. The offensive line was the highlight of the night from what I was told. They have some real big kids, and Chapin is normally a well-coached team in that aspect of the game.
DUTCH FORK 49 SPRING VALLEY 0
Yikes. The Silver Foxes are still the powerhouse we all thought they were in a drubbing over the Vikings Friday. Unfortunately for Spring Valley, they caught the three-time defending state champs off a rare tie from two weeks ago. Spring Valley only mustered 67 yards of total offense.
LEXINGTON 41 DREHER 0
Bit of a shocking score here. Not so much that the Wildcats won, but how they did it. There were some questions related to the offensive side but how about the shutout? That’s six points given up now in two games. They will have their hands full with Gilbert this Friday.
FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 19 LANCASTER 8
Griffins had four touchdowns called back in this one. I think Fairfield Central’s defense is pretty darn good. They are hoping for more production from the offense and the return of injured running back Will Barber, who should be back by region play.
WHITE KNOLL 56 COLLETON COUNTY 21
Aveon Smith shined again. The Miami (Ohio) commit had five total touchdowns to go along with more than 300 yards of offense in the win.
RIDGE VIEW 12 WAYNE HILLS (N.J.)
Impressive win for coach Perry Parks and his Blazers. Not only do they bounce back on a short week after playing on Monday, but their defense shuts out a powerhouse from another state. Wayne Hills has won multiple state titles in the last 10 years. Fun note: Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen was in attendance for this one. He is a Wayne Hills alum. Also, Blazers are undefeated when they play on their campus field (behind the school).
NORTH CENTRAL 37 COLUMBIA 20
Kaleb Haven had nearly 200 yards rushing along with 14 tackles in the win. He even had a 94 yard touchdown run early in the game. He’s not only a top ranked high school wrestler, but might be one of the top two way players in the Midlands area.
RIVER BLUFF 55 RNE 6
CAROLINA FOREST 41 LOWER RICHLAND 6