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Week 7 Prep Football Preview Capsules

October 5, 2018

Aiken (0-5, 0-1 Region 5-AAAA) at Midland Valley (0-6, 0-1 Region 5-AAAA)

Last time they played

Midland Valley defeated Aiken 41-14 on Oct. 6, 2017.

Players to watch

Aiken

Kory Wallace, QB. Wallace is the area’s leading passer. He’s averaging 266 yards and three touchdowns per game.Charvis Brown, WR. Brown’s speed makes him a threat to break away from defenders on long routes and gives him game-changing ability to turn short passes into big plays.CJ Hazel, LB. Hazel leads the team with 46 tackles.

Midland Valley

DeAndre Pearson, RB. Pearson is coming off a game in which he ran for more than 200 yards.Brian Staley, WR/DB. Staley is the team’s leading receiver and the fourth leading receiver in the area with 315 yards.Harper Puckett, QB. Puckett has passed for 949 yards and eight touchdowns.

Keys to the game

Something will have to give in the win column and in terms of defensive performances for these two teams. Each team has given up big yardage throughout the season. Aiken’s run defense will be tested once again if Midland Valley can duplicate it’s performance from last week running the ball.

Aiken is averaging 324 yards per game, mostly through the air, on offense. The Hornets will likely be the biggest test the Midland Valley secondary has faced so far this season.

Brookland-Cayce (4-2, 1-0 Region 5-AAAA) at South Aiken (3-2, 1-0 Region 5-AAAA)

Last time they played

South Aiken defeated Brookland-Cayce 44-20 on Oct. 9, 2009.

Players to watch

Brookland-Cayce

Reed Charpia, QB. Charpia has passed for 1,868 yards and 11 touchdownsJo Pradusbri, ATH. Pradusbri has 730 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns, and he’s intercepted two passes.Paul Edwards, LB. Edwards leads the defense with 52 tackles.

South Aiken

Trevais Butler, RB. Butler rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in last week’s win over Aiken.Jesse Sanders, QB. Sanders rushed for 118 yards and two scores last week, and he passed for 51 yards.The defensive line. They can make life easier for the secondary if they can chase down Charpia, who gets the ball out of his hand quickly.

Keys to the game

South Aiken will have to stick to its responsibilities defensively to slow down a Brookland-Cayce offense that’s averaging nearly 37 points per game. Charpia and the Bearcats overcame a 23-point deficit last week to stun North Augusta, and they took advantage of the Yellow Jackets’ late mistakes.

T-Breds head coach Chris Hamilton is happy about how his team ran the football in last week’s 1-point win over Aiken, and they’ll need to sustain drives to keep Brookland-Cayce’s offense off the field.

South Aiken gutted out a win last week, and before that the T-Breds picked up hard-fought wins over Lexington and Strom Thurmond. They haven’t had to win many tough games over the last couple of years, but they’re starting to show they can find ways to win those games. This is their first home game since Aug. 31.

North Augusta (4-2, 0-1 Region 5-AAAA) at Airport (4-2, 1-0 Region 5-AAAA)

Last time they played

North Augusta defeated Airport 47-7 on Oct. 6, 2017.

Players to watch

North Augusta

Tanner White, QB. White accounted for 290 yards of total offense and rushed for four touchdowns in last week’s loss to Brookland-Cayce.Chris Torres, LB. Torres made 14 tackles, eight of them solo, last week. He has 77 tackles this season.Jacari Buckson, RB. Buckson rushed for 152 yards on 19 carries last week.

Airport

Brandon Caughman, QB. Caughman has passed for 842 yards and nine touchdowns through six games.Freedom Fleming, LB. Flemming is the team’s leading tackler with 52 stops.DJ Raysor, DL. Raysor has a team-high three sacks.

Keys to the game

North Augusta head coach Brian Thomas has said several times this season that he’d like to see his teams clean up the little things. Small mistakes piled up late in last week’s loss to Brookland-Cayce, so the Yellow Jackets have to get things back on track this week to avoid an 0-2 start in region play.

White and Buckson are proving to be a lethal combination in the backfield. The duo rushed for 309 yards last week, and now they face an Airport defense that surrendered big yardage last week against Midland Valley.

They’re all must-win games from here for North Augusta, the defending region champion.

Strom Thurmond (5-2, 1-0 Region 5-AAA) at Swansea (0-6, 0-1 Region 5-AAA)

Last time they played

Swansea defeated Strom Thurmond 36-35 on Oct. 6, 2017.

Players to watch

Strom Thurmond

Robert Whitt, DE/WR. Whitt has 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks. On offense, each of his receptions has resulted in a touchdown.Stanley Hill, RB. Hill remains the area’s leading rusher.He’s carried the ball 119 times for 719 yards and seven touchdowns.Ford Williams, LB. Williams leads the team with 64 tackles.

Swansea

Keenan Coats, QB. Coats has passed for 795 yards this season.Greg Williams, LB. The 6-foot-3, 235 pound linebacker could be a difference maker for the Tigers’ defense.

Keys to the game

Swansea could be looking to try to get the passing game going early in this one. Strom Thurmond’s defense has done a good job of slowing the run this season, but has given up some big plays in the passing game. The risk with that potential strategy for the Tigers comes from the pass rush of Alex Peralta and Robert Whitt, who have made a habit of being in the offensive backfield.

The Rebels aren’t likely to switch anything up on offense. The Rebels have shown an ability to run the ball with several players, and will try to utilize their advantage along the line again this week.

Batesburg-Leesville (2-3, 0-1 Region 2-AA) at Silver Bluff (3-2, 0-1 Region 2-AA)

Last time they played

Batesburg-Leesville defeated Strom Thurmond 27-20 on Oct. 20, 2017.

Players to watch

Batesburg-Leesville

Ke’Shoun Williams, QB. Williams passed for 117 yards in last week’s loss to Abbeville.Shauntrel Hendrix, WR. Hendrix was on the receiving end of most of Williams’ passes.Tayvon Wilson, RB. Wilson was the leading rusher for the Panthers last week.

Silver Bluff

Donovan Bush, LB. Bush is the Bulldogs’ leading tackler. He’s coming off a game in which he made 15 tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss.Jimmie Foreman, RB. Foreman had an uncharacteristic game last week, but is still averaging 9.3 yards per carry.John Green, DB. Green leads the area with three interceptions.

Keys to the game

For Silver Bluff, the game is about getting back to what makes them successful. The Bulldogs’ offense was held in check last week against Saluda. Part of that was Saluda extending drives and keeping the Bulldogs’ defense on the field. That was combined with Silver Bluff missing out on several third down conversions.

On the flip side, the Silver Bluff defense was up for the challenge. It held Saluda – which came in having scored 30 or more points in four straight games – to only 10 points. Batesburg-Leesville has struggled to get its offense going against some of the stiffer competition it has faced this season.

Whale Branch (4-2, 0-1 Region 5-AA) at Barnwell (6-0, 1-0 Region 5-AA)

Last time they played

Whale Branch defeated Barnwell 21-12 on Nov. 7, 2014, in the first round of the Class AA Division II playoffs.

Players to watch

Whale Branch

Irvin Mulligan, RB. Mulligan is responsible for more than half of Whale Branch’s rushing yardage this season.C.J. Brown, QB. Brown has passed for 416 yards and run for another 189 yards.Chris Lyons, DE. Lyons is the Warriors’ leading tackler.

Barnwell

Dallyon Creech, ATH. Creech is among the area leaders in rushing and receiving yards.Craig Pender, QB. Pender has completed more than 70 percent of his passes and has thrown for more than 1,000 yards.Reggie Roberts, DB. Roberts has two interceptions this season.

Keys to the game

Barnwell’s defense can expect to see a lot of rushing plays from Whale Branch’s offense. The Warriors have passed the ball fewer than 10 times in most of their games. Whale Branch utilizes a two-back set, but Mulligan, a senior running back, gets the majority of the workload on offense. He comes into the game averaging 12.6 yards per carry.

Whale Brach has risen to the occasion at times against the pass. The Warriors have seven interceptions on the season. Marion Smalls is responsible for four of those, and he picked off three passes in a victory against Philip Simmons.

Blackville-Hilda (3-2, 1-1 Region 3-A) at Ridge Spring-Monetta (3-2, 2-0 Region 3-A)

Last time they played

Ridge Spring-Monetta defeated Blackville-Hilda 40-6 on Oct. 6, 2017.

Players to watch

Blackville-Hilda

Adonis Davis, QB/LB. Davis had 154 yards of offense and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.Derrick James, OL/DL. James had 10 tackles and three tackles for loss last week.Daylan Dickerson, RB/DB. The junior rushed for 159 yards last week.

Ridge Spring-Monetta

Collier Sullivan, RB/LB. Sullivan is the area’s second-leading rusher with 705 yards on 78 carries, and he’s rushed for 10 touchdowns.Jerry Tyler, ATH. Tyler finds the end zone on a weekly basis, whether it’s on offense, defense or special teams. Hayden/Reagan Cherry, LB. The duo has combined for 116 tackles through five games.

Keys to the game

Ridge Spring-Monetta will have to match Blackville-Hilda’s physicality to be successful. It’s no secret what the Hawks are going to do – pound the football in the run game and hit hard defensively – and the Trojans like that kind of game.

Getting Sullivan going in the run game has been key for the Trojans, who are looking to move to 3-0 in region play. They gave up some uncharacteristic scores in a close one last week at Denmark-Olar, but they countered that by blocking two punts and turning both into touchdowns.

The Trojans have Homecoming festivities this week and a huge rivalry game next week against Wagener-Salley, so they’ll have to be focused on the task at hand and shut out the distractions.

North (0-5, 0-2 Region 3-A) at Wagener-Salley (4-1, 2-0 Region 3-A)

Last time they played

Wagener-Salley defeated North by forfeit on Oct. 6, 2017.

Players to watch

North

Darrius Haygood, OL/DL. Haygood is a 5-foot-6, 234-pound senior on the lines for the Eagles.Victor Johnson, RB/DB. The 5-6, 135-pound senior also returns kicks. Hassan Frye, WR/DB. The 6-2, 155-pounder is a deep threat in the passing game.

Wagener-Salley

Quentiz Barnes, RB/LB. Barnes has rushed for 464 yards and has made 27 tackles this season.Westin Williams, OL/DL. Williams has made 39 tackles this season.Kevin Jackson, RB/DB. Jackson is averaging 8.9 yards per carry and has four rushing touchdowns.

Keys to the game

After a huge win last week over Williston-Elko, the War Eagles just need to manage their excitement and focus on the next step to a region title – even if it is a North team that has lost 40 consecutive games. This game was actually a forfeit win last year for Wagener-Salley, as North didn’t have enough players to take the field.

Numbers are up this year at North, though, and Fox said the Eagles have players with speed that can create problems if they get into space. The War Eagles’ defense will work on taking that away from them, and they’ve been highly successful at that so far this season.

Wagener-Salley ran the football with great success last week against Williston-Elko and should duplicate that against a North team that’s been outscored 234-32 through five games.

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