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Week 5 Prep Football Preview Capsules

September 21, 2018

Midland Valley (0-4) at Barnwell (4-0)

Last time they played

Barnwell defeated Midland Valley 22-15 on Sept. 23, 2011.

Players to watch

Midland Valley

Harper Puckett, QB. Puckett went 20-for-31 for 277 yards and two touchdowns last week. DeAndre Pearson, RB. Pearson broke through for a 106-yard rushing performance in the Mustangs’ game against ARC last week.Antonio Freeman, LB. Freeman made nine tackles and two tackles for loss in the Mustangs’ most recent game. He is emerging as one of the leaders at linebacker.

Barnwell

Deshawn Watson, LB. Watson has a sack streak going after recording at least one in each of the past three games.Dylan Walker, DL. Walker is the Warhorses’ leading tackler with 31 tackles. He’s also made two sacks, blocked a field goal and recovered a fumble so far.Jamari Chisholm, RB. The sophomore has emerged as one of the go-to running backs for the Warhorses. He leads the team with 264 rushing yards.

Keys to the game

For Midland Valley, its’ still a matter of putting a complete game together. The Mustangs have shown flashes of how good they can be several times throughout the season. However, early on it was fast starts and then fading late in the game. In recent weeks they’ve dug big holes and started clicking late in the game. Barnwell has made a habit of jumping out to early leads in all but one game.

The Warhorses have made it difficult for any team to make up ground once they have the lead. Barnwell has limited its opponents to an average of 6.5 points per game. Only two of the four touchdowns scored against Barnwell have come in the first quarter. One of Midland Valley’s key focuses will have to be changing that in order to avoid another big deficit.

Swansea (0-4) at Silver Bluff (2-1)

Last time they played

Silver Bluff defeated Swansea 34-7 on Sept. 22, 2017.

Players to watch

Swansea

Keenan Coats, QB. Coats has passed for 539 yards and completed more than 50 percent of his pass attempts so far.Trenton Taylor, DE. The 6-foot-1, 195 pound lineman is quick off the ball. He leads the team with three sacks.Greg Williams, LB. Williams is one of the team’s leading tacklers and does a good job in coverage as well. He leads the team with two interceptions.

Silver Bluff

Jarvis Brown, LB. Brown leads the team with 45 tackles.Jimmie Foreman, RB. Foreman is the area’s second leading rusher, with 363 yards. He’s averaging 11 yards per carry through three games. Dameon Green, DB. Green provided a spark with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown in Silver Bluff’s previous game against Denmark-Olar.

Keys to the game

Swansea comes into the game in search of its first victory of the season, but that’s a little deceptive. Three of the Tigers’ four losses have been by six points or less. The only blowout came in a 61-14 loss to Wade Hampton on the road. The Tigers have found success through the air this season, but the production from the run game has been up and down. They have been held to less than 100 yards rushing twice this season.

Silver Bluff’s offense will have to contend with 6-3, 235-pound Clemson commit Williams. It’s clear from film that the linebacker is always around the action, whether it’s a run play or a pass. However, this won’t be the first time Silver Bluff has had to deal with a talented linebacker. The Bulldogs faced a solid group of linebackers against Barnwell and found some success moving the ball. Washington and the offense will look to mix it up, using a good bit of the run and pass.

Fox Creek (3-0) at Crescent (2-2)

Last time they played

Fox Creek defeated Crescent 48-28 on Sept. 15, 2017.

Players to watch

Fox Creek

Cam Mitchem, QB/LB. Mitchem has accounted for nine touchdowns through three games.Errius Ishmal, LB. Ishmal has made 37 tackles and nine tackles for loss.CJ Tillman, RB/DL. Tillman has 31 tackles and four tackles for loss.

Crescent

Murphy McBride, RB. McBride has rushed for 513 yards and 10 touchdowns on 75 carries.Cameron Richardson, OL. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior anchors Crescent’s offensive line.Clay Rebrick, RB/DB. Rebrick has rushed for 252 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries.

Keys to the game

This game likely won’t look very much at all like last year’s matchup, during which Lions Memorial Field became big-play city.

The reason it will look different is because of a new look at Crescent under new head coach Sheldon Evans, who came back to his alma mater after a stint as T.L. Hanna’s defensive coordinator.

Evans has installed a run-heavy offense at Crescent, which should be a different look after last year’s team tried to rally behind its passing game. Richardson is counted on to lead the offensive line and open gaps for the runners, and McBride is off to a big start to the season.

The Tigers, though, will have their hands full against a Fox Creek defense that is allowing only 8 points per game. Ishmal is the team’s leading tackler and has blown up plays behind the line of scrimmage. Crescent isn’t passing the ball much these days, but Fox Creek will look to pounce on those opportunities – the Predators have intercepted six passes this season, led by Chase Chriswell’s two.

Mitchem and Jatonious Butler lead an offense that’s still plenty capable of producing its own big plays, and they’ll face a Crescent defense looking to bounce back after giving up a combined 80 points in its last two games.

What they’re saying

“Well, they’re the best team we’ve played all year. ... We’re very excited about it, but it’s gonna be a big challenge.” — Derrick Quinn, Fox Creek head coach

Williston-Elko (1-2) at Ridge Spring-Monetta (1-2)

Last time they played

Williston-Elko defeated Ridge Spring-Monetta 21-7 on Sept. 22, 2017.

Players to watch

Williston-Elko

KeShawn Toney, WR/DE. Toney returned in grand fashion against Allendale-Fairfax, catching seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns while adding four tackles.Tres Rimes, QB/DB. Rimes passed for 182 yards and three touchdowns and made seven tackles against Allendale-FairfaxJavier Rudolph, ATH. Rudolph made two interceptions against Allendale-Fairfax.

Ridge Spring-Monetta

Collier Sullivan, RB/LB. The junior has rushed for 327 yards and four touchdowns on 44 carries.Hayden Cherry, LB/QB. Cherry has 28 tackles and two tackles for loss.Jerry Tyler, WR/DB. The senior is a threat to score from anywhere, and he’s found the end zone in each game so far for the Trojans.

Keys to the game

In a game between two programs that know each other so well, this should simply come down to who does a better job of preparing and executing.

The expectation is that this will be a physical football game, the way that it always is. Both programs have faced physical tests already this season, and both should be healed up a bit after having a little time off.

Williston-Elko played more recently, having beaten Allendale-Fairfax two weeks ago. It’s been another week since Ridge Spring-Monetta’s last game, a 38-6 win over Whitmire that gave the Trojans a spark before the bye week and postponed game.

The Trojans will want to get Sullivan going in the run game again after having great success against Whitmire. That can help make life easier in the passing game.

Getting Toney back was a major game-changer for the Blue Devils, who can be multi-dimensional and put the ball in the air. At 6-3, 240 pounds, Toney is a huge matchup problem on the outside.

Williston-Elko can’t rely on its big-game experience for an edge in this one – RS-M has played in its fair share of big ones, too.

What they’re saying

“I’ve had a ton of respect for Ridge Spring for a long time, because I just think their kids play football the right way. They’re always tough. They’re always physical. ... Our kids expect for us to be in a good, old-fashioned dogfight on Friday.” — Derek Youngblood, Williston-Elko head coach

“It’s Williston-Elko, but it’s just another game. It’s game one of the region. If we want to win the region championship, we’ve got to go 1-0 on Friday night.” — Kenny Lipsey, Ridge Spring-Monetta head coach

Wagener-Salley (2-1) at Blackville-Hilda (2-1)

Last time they played

Wagener-Salley defeated Blackville-Hilda 28-0 on Sept. 22, 2017.

Players to watch

Wagener-Salley

Jeremiah Bynem, TE/LB. Bynem has 23 tackles, one for loss and one sack through three games.Elijah Davis, TE/DL. Davis has 17 tackles, three for loss and three sacks.Quentiz Barnes, RB/LB. Barnes leads the team in rushing with 206 yards on 40 carries, and he’s made 13 tackles and two tackles for loss.

Blackville-Hilda

Adonis Davis, QB/LB. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore led the Hawks on a game-winning drive to beat Allendale-Fairfax on Aug. 31.Daylan Dickerson, RB/DB. Dickerson rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Bethune-Bowman.Ja’Quaivian James, ATH. James caught three passes for 105 yards and a score in the opener.

Keys to the game

This game may come down to which team can shake off the rust quicker. Neither team has played since Aug. 31 – each had a bye week before last week’s weather-related postponements – so it’s been a while since either has seen live action.

Both teams are coming off big wins heading into Region 3-A play. Blackville-Hilda knocked off Allendale-Fairfax thanks to a late scoring drive, and Wagener-Salley pasted Eau Claire. Both sides have positives to build from, so it will be be a matter of which can continue that momentum after a long layoff.

Blackville-Hilda is very athletic, like always, but the offense is different from years past. New head coach Corey Crosby has the Fighting Hawks running out of what Wagener-Salley coach Willie Fox calls a Wing-T type set – basically a lot of the same things the War Eagles have been running.

Wagener-Salley was physical in its win over Eau Claire, and that will likely need to happen again. The War Eagles moved Eau Claire’s defenders off the line of scrimmage, and the defense flew to the football and got off the field quickly. It couldn’t hurt to duplicate that feat.

What they’re saying

“No. 1 thing is I hope we’re not rusty. It’s been a long time since we played. ... That’s my No. 1 concern, is that we come out and that we’re still crisp.” — Willie Fox, Wagener-Salley head coach

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