Boiling Springs (2-1) at Class 5A No. 5 Hillcrest (3-0)
Series record: Boiling Springs leads 12-11, but Hillcrest won last season’s meeting 48-0
Last week: Hillcrest won at Clover 24-7; Boiling Springs topped Chapman 29-7
Radio/TV/Internet: Boiling Springs – upstateprepcast.net/boiling-springs; Hillcrest – facebook.com/HHSRamAthletics (Facebook Live stream).
Location: Chandler Stadium, 3665 S Industrial Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Who to watch for Boiling Springs: RB Javen Chhim, RB Ry’shaun Morgan, DE Jameilion Miller
Who to watch for Hillcrest: ATH Avery McFadden, LB Jy Leake, LB Tyson Moses
About the Bulldogs: Boiling Springs snapped a long home losing streak in a big way last week when it defeated a Chapman team that was coming off a win over Byrnes. Morgan had 130 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while the Bulldogs held the Panthers to 31 yards rushing in winning at home for the first time since Oct. 16, 2000. Morgan and leading rusher Chhim are averaging 7.0 and 6.8 yards per carry, respectively, this season. Miller has three sacks.
About the Rams: After a 19-14 win in its first-ever game against Clover last season, Hillcrest pulled out another win in another defensive battle with the Blue Eagles last week. The Rams won despite being held to 158 yards of total offense on just 42 snaps. Leake had the highlight of the night with a punt return for a touchdown. Moses had 11 tackles.
Class 5A No. 7 Byrnes (2-1) at Greer (1-2)
Series record: Byrnes leads 33-26-1, including a 23-14 victory last year in Duncan to extend its winning streak in the series to 15.
Last week: Byrnes defeated Greenville 37-14; Greer won at Blue Ridge 51-0
Radio/TV/Internet: Byrnes – The Fan Upstate 97.1/97.7 FM (Byrnes); Greer – WGYT 92.1 FM, yellowjacketsports.net; TV – My40 Channel 13.2
Location: Dooley Field, 301 Chandler Rd, Greer, SC 29651
Who to watch for Byrnes: QB Andrew Stevens, RB Tre Sagarra, WR Armoni Weaver
Who to watch for Greer: RB LaDainnian Martin, RB Chris Hall, MLB Darius Johnson
About the Rebels: Stevens threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, while Sagarra rushed for 148 yards and a score, as Byrnes rebounded from a stunning loss to Chapman with a resounding win over Greenville last Friday. Weaver caught seven passes for 113 yards and a score. Sagarra, a freshman, has rushed for 410 yards and is averaging 7.7 yards per carry this season.
About the Yellow Jackets: Greer got its offense on track last week despite missing one of its top players. Playing without Martin for the second consecutive week, Hall stepped up in a huge way. Hall ran 18 times for 261 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 14.5 yards per carry. Johnson led the defense’s shutout effort with seven tackles, including three tackles-for-loss. The Yellow Jackets held Blue Ridge to 74 yards of total offense and forced seven turnovers.
Easley (1-1) at Class 5A No. 10 J.L. Mann (3-0)
Series record: Easley leads 10-1-1, including a 21-14 win last season. Mann’s lone win came in 1996. The lone tie came in the teams’ first meeting, 14-14, in 1970.
Last week: Easley defeated Wade Hampton 62-33; J.L. Mann downed Woodruff 40-0.
Radio/TV/Internet: WCCP 105.5 FM/97.5 FM, WAHT 1560 AM, theroarfm.com/listen
Location: Slaton Field, 158 Ridge Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
Who to watch for Easley: RB Logan Sullivan, WR Will Patton, QB Jay Stoker
Who to watch for J.L. Mann: WR Mikel McClellan, LB Aiden Pope, RB Obadiah Jones
About the Green Wave: After being shut out by Daniel in Week 1, Easley’s offense had the complete opposite experience last Friday against Wade Hampton. The Green Wave piled up 633 total yards of offense in posting their highest point total in 12 years. Sullivan ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went for 92 yards, and caught two passes for 52 yards and a score. Stoker completed 14-of-19 passes for 347 yards and six touchdowns. Patton caught three passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yarder.
About the Patriots: J.L. Mann is looking to start a season at 4-0 for the first time since going 6-0 to start the 1996 season. Without injured standout quarterback Ethan Anderson last week, the Patriots didn’t miss a beat. Sophomore backup McCleod Darnell completed 14-of-19 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Jones ran for 125 yards on 13 carries. Meanwhile, Mann’s defense allowed six first downs and 105 yards of total offense in the shutout. Pope had a team-high nine tackles and a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Riverside (2-1) at Class 1A No. 2 Christ Church (2-1)
Series record: Christ Church leads 3-0, including a 38-30 win last year.
Last week: Riverside beat Woodmont 37-26; Christ Church won at Asheville School (NC) 27-26
Location: Carson Stadium, 245 Cavalier Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
Who to watch for Riverside: WR/RB Mikkel Skinner, QB Ty Breeze, DL Marcus Downs
Who to watch for Christ Church: RB Dashun Reeder, WR Jackson Repp, MLB Jake Good
About the Warriors: Riverside features one of the most diverse weapons in the state in Skinner. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver, who often lines up in the backfield, leads the team in rushing (352 yards), receiving (217) and touchdowns (7). He’s averaging 12.6 yards per carry and 19.7 yards per catch. Breeze has thrown for 622 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.
About the Cavaliers: Christ Church returns to its home field this week after recording a thrilling win in Asheville last Friday. Repp caught five passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Good had nine tackles and blocked an extra point that left the game tied 20-20 before Repp’s 70-yard score. Reeder has 378 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season.
Seneca (2-1) at Class 1A No. 3 St. Joseph’s (3-0)
Series record: St. Joseph’s won the first-ever meeting between the teams, 45-35, last season.
Last week: Seneca lost at Wren 48-30; St. Joseph’s won at Landrum 34-6
Location: St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 100 St Joseph’s Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
Who to watch for Seneca: QB Gavin Thoma, WR Zavean Poole, RB Camsley Campbell
Who to watch for St. Joseph’s: RB Brayden Johnson, MLB Johnny Jaraczewski, DE Joe Patterson
About the Bobcats: After posting consecutive shutouts to open the season, Seneca could not keep that string going at Wren last week. The Hurricanes put up 34 points and 328 yards of offense in the first half to roll on to the win. Thoma has thrown for 752 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, while Poole has caught 23 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns.
About the Knights: St. Joseph’s is off to a 3-0 start for the third consecutive season in impressive fashion, having outscored opponents 133-13. Jaraczewski had 13 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss, while Patterson had 12 stops (two for loss) as the Knights held Landrum to 146 yards of total offense. Johnson ran for 114 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 10 scores this season.
Mauldin (0-2) at Greenville (1-2)
Series record: Greenville leads 5-1, including a 70-7 victory last season at Mauldin.
Last week: Mauldin lost at Powdersville 41-32; Greenville lost at Byrnes 37-14
Location: Sirrine Stadium, 100 Cleveland St, Greenville, SC 29601
Who to watch for Mauldin: RB Devan Ortega, DL DeMario Moore, QB Jaxon Vicars
Who to watch for Greenville: WR Mazeo Bennett, DL Jayden Wilson-Abrams, DL Bruce Knauber
About the Mavericks: After being shut out by Boiling Springs to open the season in Week One, Mauldin’s offense came to life last Friday but it was not enough to overcome Powdersville. Ortega rushed 22 times for 140 yards, while Vicars completed 7-of-9 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
About the Red Raiders: Greenville opened the season with a win against a ranked Class 5A team in Dorman, but that success hasn’t carried over against ranked 5A teams each of the last two weeks. In losing at Byrnes last week, the Red Raiders lost Bennett to injury in the first half. The dynamic playmaker, who’s committed to South Carolina, did not return and his status is unclear. Knauber, who’s committed to Furman, and Wilson-Abrams lead a ferocious defensive front with eight tackles-for-loss apiece.
Woodmont (2-1) at Travelers Rest (1-2)
Series record: Woodmont leads 10-9, including a 49-29 win last season in Piedmont.
Last week: Woodmont lost to Riverside 37-26; Travelers Rest lost to Palmetto 20-19
Location: Chico Bolin Stadium, 301 N Main St, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Who to watch for Woodmont: RB Tavorace Williams, RB Ezekial Belcher, DL RJ Flemmings
Who to watch for Travelers Rest: WR/DE Drew McKibben, LB Lucas Tankersley
About the Wildcats: Williams rushed 13 times for 125 yards, while Belcher ran 13 times for 108 yards and a touchdown last Friday, but Woodmont fell for the first time this season. Flemmings had two sacks to lead the Wildcats’ defense.
About the Devildogs: Following a lopsided win at Wade Hampton in Week One, Travelers Rest was on the verge of making it a win streak at home last Friday. A field goal with less than five minutes left in the third quarter pushed the Devildogs’ lead to 19-6, but Palmetto scored a pair of touchdowns the rest of the way to rally for the win.
Berea (1-1) at Wade Hampton (0-3)
Series record: Wade Hampton leads 12-5, including a 56-0 victory at Berea last year.
Last week: Berea defeated Carolina 34-19; Wade Hampton lost at Easley 62-33
Location: Wade Hampton High, 100 Pine Knoll Dr, Greenville, SC 29609
Who to watch for Berea: QB Amazay Robinson, RB Taurean Davis, WR Destin Eichelberger
Who to watch for Wade Hampton: QB Jack Stepp, WR Jaydin Hopkins, DE Javarous Haygood
About the Bulldogs: Davis ran 18 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns last Friday to power Berea to victory. Robinson added a pair of touchdowns passes, one to Eichelberger and the other to William Hagler. The junior quarterback has thrown for 272 yards and three scores this season, while rushing for 77 yards on 15 carries.
About the Generals: A young Wade Hampton team went back-and-forth for much of an exciting first half at Easley last Friday. Stepp and Hopkins connected on a pair of first-half touchdowns, including a 76-yarder on the Generals’ first snap. Wade Hampton trailed 28-21 late in the first half and had the ball at Easley’s eight-yard line following a fumble recovery. But an interception gave it right back to the Green Wave, who then ran for a 92-yard touchdown with only 3.7 seconds left. That nightmare scenario just before halftime demoralized Wade Hampton as it was outscored 27-0 in the third quarter.
Blue Ridge (0-3) at Eastside (1-2)
Series record: Eastside leads 10-8. Last season’s 37-20 victory pushed the Eagles’ winning streak in the series to seven.
Last week: Blue Ridge lost to Greer 51-0; Eastside won at Liberty 28-21
Radio/TV/Internet: Blue Ridge – upstateprepcast.net/blue-ridge
Location: John Carlisle Stadium, 1300 Brushy Creek Rd, Taylors, SC 29687
Who to watch for Blue Ridge: RB KB Henderson, WR Asheton Stokes, DE Eli Smith
Who to watch for Eastside: RB Kalvin Banks, RB Scooter Foster, LB/TE Baron Leonard
About the Tigers: Blue Ridge will look to get its offense going after suffering four lost fumbles, three interceptions and being held to just 74 yards last Friday. Henderson has rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns, while Stokes has eight catches for 295 yards and a score this season. Smith had six tackles against Greer to push his team-high total to 28, including two tackles-for-loss, this year.
About the Eagles: Foster rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with less than two minutes to play as Eastside snapped an eight-game losing streak last Friday. Playing without its standout workhorse back in Banks, Eastside got a workhorse type of effort from Foster as he had 32 carries. Leonard had a game-high 11 tackles (nine solo), including three tackles-for-loss, and caught the only touchdown not scored by Foster.
Southside (0-2) at Walhalla (0-2)
Series record: Southside leads 6-3, but fell 50-25 to Walhalla last season.
Last week: Southside lost at Pickens 41-13; Walhalla lost to Chesnee 20-10
Radio/TV/Internet: Walhalla – WGOG 101.7 FM, wgog.com/listen-live
Location: Walhalla High School, 4701 SC-11, Walhalla, SC 29691
Who to watch for Walhalla: RB Landon Robinson, LB Silas Parish, LB Anthony Gonzalez
Who to watch for Southside: RB Javontae Searles, WR Corey Turner, DE Christopher Smith
About the Razorbacks: Walhalla could look to build off what was a solid defensive performance last week despite the loss. While the Razorbacks trailed 20-3 at the half, two of Chesnee’s touchdowns came on an interception return and a punt return. Parish has 39 tackles this season to lead Walhalla, while Gonzalez has 22 stops, including 3.5 sacks. Robinson has rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
About the Tigers: After being shut out at Christ Church in its season opener, Southside jumped out to a 13-7 lead through one quarter last Friday. That’s all the punches the Tigers could land though as Pickens outscored them 34-0 the rest of the way. Searles had both of Southside’s touchdowns and finished with 143 yards on 18 carries. Turner caught eight passes for 99 yards also for the Tigers.
Carolina (0-3) at Fountain Inn (1-2)
Series record: Carolina won the first-ever meeting between the schools, 20-7, last season.
Last week: Carolina lost at Berea 34-19; Fountain Inn lost to Crescent 33-13
Location: Fountain Inn High School, 644 Quillen Ave, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Who to watch for Carolina: RB Kimoray Holland, QB JaSean Bowens, WR D’Marcus Riley
Who to watch for Fountain Inn: QB Sam Holliday, LB Xeviel Gonzalez, DB/RB Caden Carnes
About the Trojans: Carolina will try to snap a nine-game losing streak against the last team it defeated Friday. Holland ran 14 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns last Friday, giving him 311 yards and three scores this season. Bowens has completed 68 percent of his passes for 502 yards and five touchdowns. Riley is his top target with 17 catches for 241 yards and four scores.
About the Fury: After winning the first game in school history to open the season, Fountain Inn is still seeking its first home win ever. It could use a boost on offense to try to get it this week as the Fury were held to just 105 yards of total offense against Crescent. Carnes had a team-high 8.5 tackles, including 4.5 tackles-for-loss, last Friday. Gonzalez leads the Fury with 23 tackles this season.