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Prep Football Playoff Capsules

November 9, 2018

North Myrtle Beach (6-3) at South Aiken (5-5)

Last time they played

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Players to watch

North Myrtle Beach

Marcelous Livingston, LB/DL. Livingston leads the Chiefs in tackles, sacks and quarterback hurries.Zyon Belle, RB/DB. Belle is the Chiefs’ leading rusher with 435 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries.Cason McClendon, QB. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior has completed passes to 12 different receivers this season and has a career record of 21-5.

South Aiken

Jesse Sanders, QB. Sanders has surpassed 500 yards both as a rusher and as a passer this season.Nequel Ryans, RB. Ryans is the team’s leading rusher with 731 yards this season.The offensive line. The group up front has to block better after allowing five sacks last week against Westwood.

Keys to the game

South Aiken will need to get its run game going and shut down North Myrtle Beach’s to advance.

The Chiefs run a spread option type attack, and the backside option is always available. That means South Aiken’s defense will have to play its assignments and stop the play that’s being run while also accounting for the other running back.

North Myrtle Beach is small but athletic defensively, and South Aiken head coach Chris Hamilton wants to see his team block better to allow the offense a chance to get in sync.

Simple execution has been a big part of the T-Breds’ wins and losses this season. They can’t afford to commit costly, drive-killing penalties and turnovers.

A quick start could be big for South Aiken against a North Myrtle Beach team that will likely be weary after a 220-mile bus ride to Aiken. Home playoff games have been good to the T-Breds recently, and Hamilton is hoping for that same home-field advantage that has extended seasons for them before.

Hilton Head Island (4-6) at North Augusta (8-2)

Last time they played

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Players to watch

Hilton Head Island

Christian Miller, DB. The 5-11, 169-pound junior corner is drawing lots of Division I attention.Sterling White, WR. The 5-11, 170-pound senior boasts offers from Iowa State, Kentucky and West Virginia, among others. Diante Richard, WR/DB. The speedy 5-10, 170-pound senior is a big-play specialist.

North Augusta

Caree Collier, LB. Collier has 141 tackles and six fumble recoveries this season.Chris Torres, LB. Torres has 119 tackles and two forced fumbles this season.Tanner White, QB. White has passed for 1,119 yards and rushed for an additional 1,015 to go along with 22 total touchdowns.

Keys to the game

North Augusta rolled into the playoffs with four consecutive wins, all by double digits, to earn the Region 5-AAAA championship and a No. 1 seed in the playoffs. After a first-round upset last year, expect the Yellow Jackets to dial up the intensity.

The Yellow Jackets have big-time playmakers in every phase of the game, so Hilton Head Island will have to limit the mistakes and pay close attention to the little details – something that’s also been a point of emphasis this season for North Augusta.

White and Jacari Buckson are both over 1,000 yards rushing this season and are a dangerous combo in the backfield. The Yellow Jackets have the offensive balance that makes them difficult to defend.

The Seahawks have lost five consecutive games, allowing 29 points or more in each, and they’ve struggled at times to score against Class AAAA opponents. That could make a tall task even tougher against North Augusta’s hard-hitting defense.

Bishop England (3-6) at Strom Thurmond (8-2)

Last time they played

This is the first meeting between the teams.

Players to watch

Bishop England

Eddie Marinaro, QB. Marinaro has proven he can do more than just pass the ball. The sophomore is the Bishops’ leading rusher, as well. Jarren McCoy, DB. McCoy has intercepted four passes this season and has 109 interception return yards.Chris Dengler, WR. Dengler is the team’s leading receiver.

Strom Thurmond

Stanley Hill, RB. Hill is the Rebels’ leading rusher with 947 yards. He’s scored 11 rushing touchdowns.Robert Whitt, DE. Whitt has 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He’s also a wild card at receiver. Jequan Harris, QB. Harris has accounted for more than 1,600 yards of offense. He’s thrown for eight touchdowns and run for nine.

Keys to the game

The well-rested Rebels will return to the field for the first time since Oct. 19 and will try to get off to a quick start and shake off any potential rust.

The Rebels will establish the run game in an attempt to return to the offensive form they had at the end of the regular season. Strom Thurmond closed the season on a four game-win streak in which it averaged 37 points per game and ran for 990 yards.

Bishop England comes into the game sputtering. Bishop England has lost its previous two games and scored a combined 25 points in the losses. The Bishops have failed to score 14 points in each of five losses. Strom Thurmond’s defensive line could make it another tough game for Marinaro and the Bishop England offense. The Rebels have done a good job all season applying pressure and being disruptive in the offensive backfield.

Andrews (6-3) at Barnwell (9-0)

Last time they played

Barnwell defeated Andrews 28-16 on Nov. 10, 2017 in the second round of the Class AA playoffs.

Players to watch

Andrews

Jerimiah Shaw, WR/DB. Shaw, a senior, has caught 10 touchdown passes and has more than 500 receiving yards. He also leads the team with four interceptions.Gamal Alston, LB. Alston leads the team with 65 tackles and 12 tackles for loss. He also has two sacks.Francis Brown, QB. Brown has passed for 835 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Barnwell

Craig Pender, QB. Pender has passed for more than 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’s completed 67 percent of his passes.Ty Frazier, ATH. Frazier is really utilized all over the field. He’s one of Pender’s go-to receivers and is dangerous in the return game. He’s also averaging 48.6 yards per punt.Deshawn Watson, LB. Watson has nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

Keys to the game

It’s a familiar playoff opponent for the Warhorses. In last season’s playoff matchup Barnwell ran wild, rushing for 343 yards and three touchdowns to put the game away. This year there might not be as much running by Barnwell, but it’s still an area where it could find success. During the Yellow Jackets’ three-game losing streak to close the season, they gave up an average of 253 rushing yards.

But the Warhorses also have an advantage in the passing game with the area’s most efficient passing offense. It’s been a common theme for Barnwell to get the passing game going early and rolling to easy wins.

The Barnwell defense will be tested by a stable of rushers. Three different players have run for more than 400 yards for Andrews. The secondary’s biggest task will be limiting Shaw, who is Brown’s go-to receiver. Nearly half of Brown’s completions have gone to the senior. Shaw found the end zone in the teams’ last meeting.

Ridge Spring-Monetta (6-4) at Timmonsville (5-5)

Last time they played

Ridge Spring-Monetta defeated Timmonsville 7-0 on Nov. 10, 2017 in the second round of the Class A playoffs.

Players to watch

Ridge Spring-Monetta

Collier Sullivan, RB/LB. Sullivan is the area’s leading rusher with 1,128 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he scored the game’s only touchdown last year against Timmonsville.Trey Dean, DL/RB. Dean has 22 tackles for loss and an area-best 15 sacks this season.Jerry Tyler, ATH. The senior can score from anywhere and must be accounted for at all times.

Timmonsville

Jamaric Morris, QB/DB. Morris passed for a touchdown and rushed for another in a win over Great Falls.Tyonte King, OL/DL. King returned a fumble for a touchdown against Great Falls.Fanando Jackson, RB/LB. Jackson rushed for a touchdown against Great Falls.

Keys to the game

It’s been a pretty simple formula for Ridge Spring-Monetta this season – get Sullivan going in the run game, and good things will happen.

Timmonsville remembers that well from last year’s playoff game. Sullivan rushed for 104 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown, in the Trojans’ 7-0 win. RS-M has the same like-minded defense that forced two turnovers and shut out the Whirlwinds last year, and it’s a group head coach Kenny Lipsey feels confident about.

For RS-M offensively, it will be important not to get caught up in the different defensive formations the Whirlwinds will employ to try to confuse the Trojans. Hit on some run plays early, and that will be a big help for freshman quarterback Remedee Leaphart and his receivers. Tyler, as always, can break free for a touchdown on any given snap.

The Trojans had some extra time to heal up and rest because North forfeited their game scheduled for last Friday. This is the time of year that has been very good to the Trojans over the last few years, and they’ll look to go 1-0 for another Friday night.

Williston-Elko (5-5) at McCormick (2-8)

Last time they played

Williston-Elko defeated McCormick 35-7 on Nov. 11, 2011 in the second round of the Class A, Division II playoffs.

Players to watch

Williston-Elko

KeShawn Toney, WR/DE. Toney had a career night against Estill by catching 11 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.Javier Rudolph, ATH. Rudolph rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown last week.Kendel Brown, RB/DL. Brown has an impact on nearly every snap, as he’s the team’s leading rusher and tackler.

McCormick

Silas Cannady, RB/DB. Cannady rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries against Ware Shoals.Caderrious Parks, RB/DB. Parks rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries against Ware Shoals.Zi Holloway, QB/LB. Holloway rushed for a touchdown against Ware Shoals.

Keys to the game

Avoiding big plays will be key for Williston-Elko against a McCormick offense that has a lot of team speed. The Chiefs like to snap the ball directly to whoever is their best athlete on the field at the time, so the Blue Devils will need to keep those run plays from turning into big gains.

Blue Devils head coach Derek Youngblood said the Chiefs are kind of like a mix of a few different Region 3-A teams, so any one thing they try to do probably won’t be much different than something Williston-Elko has already seen.

Williston-Elko is doing a good job offensively of taking what opposing defenses are giving them. The Blue Devils have won in the last two weeks as both a run-heavy and pass-heavy team, and they had a good special teams game last week. McCormick may be in trouble if it dares Tres Rimes to pass – especially after he and Toney torched Estill last week.

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