5A No. 6 Spartanburg (4-2) at 5A No. 3 Byrnes (5-1)
Series Record: Spartanburg leads the all-time series 32-25-2, but Byrnes won last year’s meeting 36-23.
Last Week: Spartanburg beat Mauldin 57-0; Byrnes beat West Florence 49-0
Radio/TV/Internet: Fox Sports Spartanburg 1400 AM/98.3 FM (Spartanburg), The Fan Upstate 97.1/97.7 FM (Byrnes)
Location: Nixon Field, 150 E. Main St., Duncan
Who to watch for Spartanburg: QB TJ Johnson, WR Justin Rice, RB Calvin Choice
Who to watch for Byrnes: DL Chris Foster, QB Andrew Stevens, ATH Armoni Weaver
About the Vikings: Spartanburg has come through the heart of a ridiculously tough non-region schedule, and now turns to Region II-5A with a resurgent offense behind several great performances by Johnson. Rice has turned into a downfield weapon, and since missing the first two games, Choice has emerged as the top guy at RB.
About the Rebels: Byrnes has gotten an outstanding performance from Stevens, as he’s growing into the QB role every week. Weaver is a guy who makes you hold your breath every time he touches it, and Tre Segarra at RB has proven to be the real deal as a freshman. The difference for Byrnes, though, has been Foster and his teammates on defense, who are giving up just 10 points per game.
Ninety Six (4-1) at Blacksburg (3-2)
Series Record: Ninety Six leads the all-time series 5-1, including a 24-13 win last season.
Last Week: Ninety Six beat Pelion 40-7; Blacksburg was idle
Location: T.A. Campbell Stadium, 201 W Ramseur Drive, Blacksburg
Who to watch for Ninety Six: RB Zay King, LB Gabe Hackett, QB Carver Davis
Who to watch for Blacksburg: QB Josh Sims, WR Ziyon Harris, RB/LB Zaydron Burris
About Ninety Six: The Wildcats come in off a blazing start under new head coach Mathew Bennett. Last week, King led the way with more than 150 rushing yards, three first-half sacks, and the Homecoming King crown. There’s not much he didn’t do.
About Blacksburg: In their first season since Josh Batchler had the interim coach tag removed, Blacksburg has played well. Sims continues to impress with his arm and athleticism, and the Wildcats have a good core of guys around him who make big plays.
Travelers Rest (2-4) at 3A No. 8 Broome (4-1)
Series Record: Broome has won all six of the previous meetings, including a 30-21 win last season.
Last Week: Travelers Rest beat Berea 42-3; Broome beat Woodruff 55-14
Location: Royal Stadium, 381 Cherry Hill Rd., Spartanburg
Who to watch for Travelers Rest: WR Drew McKibben, LB Lucas Tankersley
Who to watch for Broome: RB Jaylen McGill, QB Kamajay Brackett-Brannon, WR/DB Tristan Cromer
About the Devildogs: TR is coming off their fifth-straight “Dog Bowl” win against arch-rival Berea. In their two wins this season, the Devildogs have scored more than 100 combined points.
About the Centurions: Broome put together a complete performance in a win over Woodruff last week. McGill and Brackett-Brannon turned in their usual outstanding performances, but WR Tre’Sean Suber and Cromer both had monster games, with the latter catching a TD pass and returning a pair of interceptions for touchdowns.
Landrum (4-1) at Chesnee (3-2)
Series Record: Chesnee holds a 38-7 series lead, but Landrum has won three of the last five meetings, including 28-0 last season.
Last week: Landrum beat Blue Ridge 74-27; Chesnee was idle
Radio/TV/Internet: upstateprepcast.net will have a broadcast for both teams.
Location: Eagle Stadium, 795 S. Alabama Ave., Chesnee
Who to watch for Landrum: RB Colton Link, ATH Braden Mashtare
Who to watch for Chesnee: ATH Adonis Burgess, QB Kjay Proctor
About the Cardinals: The Cardinals’ new spread offense was the focus of attention in the offseason. They’re still taking advantage of the ground game, though. They’ve run for more than 1,600 yards this season, with Link’s other-worldly 407 last week pushing him over 1,000 by himself.
About the Eagles: Chesnee has a ton of athletes, but maybe none more versatile than Burgess. He’s touched the ball in just about every way possible this season, and if you see a big play in an Eagles’ contest, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be somewhere around it.
Boiling Springs (3-3) at Dorman (1-4)
Series Record: Dorman holds a 38-5 advantage in the series, and won 52-14 last season.
Last Week: Boiling Springs lost to Clover 36-21; Dorman lost to River Bluff 29-28
Radio/TV/Internet: upstateprepcast.net (Boiling Springs); WQUL 101.7 FM (Dorman)
Location: Cavalier Stadium, 1050 Cavalier Way, Roebuck
Who to watch for Boiling Springs: QB Lincoln Huskey, DB Jeremiah Favorite, DL Calvin Jackson
Who to watch for Dorman: WR KD Hainsworth, QB Riley Scruggs, S Brannon Teamer
About the Bulldogs: Boiling Springs has played well defensively in their three wins, and in a couple of the losses, holding dynamic offenses at Chapman and Hillcrest in particular in check. Jackson leads the way up front, while Favorite takes away half the field.
About the Cavaliers: Dorman looked good in the first half last week against River Bluff, but couldn’t muster enough offense in the second for a win. Still, Scruggs was accurate and efficient at QB, and Hainsworth added another 60-plus yard TD, his fourth from long distance this season.
3A No. 7 Chester (5-1) at Woodruff (2-4)
Series Record: Woodruff leads the series 7-4, but Chester took a 41-34 win last season.
Last Week: Chester beat Batesburg-Leesville 38-18; Woodruff lost to Broome 55-14
Radio/TV/Internet: meridix.com (Woodruff Wolverine Network)
Location: W.L. Varner Stadium, 710 Cross Anchor Hwy., Woodruff
Who to watch for Chester: QB Trooper Floyd, ATH Reggie Heath, LB Antonio Hopkins
Who to watch for Woodruff: QB TJ Morris, RB Aiden Gibson, WR Snoop Green
About the Cyclones: Chester is a team that folks are penciling in for a long playoff run, and it’s easy to see why. Floyd is smooth at QB, Heath does a little of everything, and Hopkins is a Shrine Bowl player who leads the way defensively. Throw in TE/DE Kyan Kennedy and transfer RB Elijah Coleman, along with NT Terry Radford, and the Cyclones are loaded.
About the Wolverines: Woodruff struggled last week against Broome in a game that kind of snowballed with big plays. They did some good things, with Gibson continuing to make his mark as the program’s bellwether RB for the foreseeable future, and Green hauling in a long TD pass.
3A No. 5 Chapman (5-1) at Carolina (2-4)
Series record: Chapman leads 22-10-1, including a 42-0 win in Inman last season. The Panthers have won 19 of the last 20 meetings.
Last week: Chapman beat Union County 57-14; Carolina beat Whitmire 41-22
Location: David Farnham Field, 2725 Anderson Rd, Greenville
Who to watch for Chapman: QB Coleman Gray, WR Shawn Cunningham, DB Bennett Smith
Who to watch for Carolina: RB Kimoray Holland, QB JaSean Bowens, WR D’Marcus Riley
About the Panthers: Following a huge win at Clinton the week before, there was no letdown for Chapman last Friday as it led 50-7 at the half. Gray completed 11-of-14 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns and ran four times for 108 yards and two scores. Cunningham caught five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown and also had a 65-yard punt return for a score. For the season, Gray has 1,695 yards (1,209 passing, 486 rushing) and 18 touchdowns (nine passing, nine rushing), while Cunningham has 45 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns. Smith has 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions.
About the Trojans: Holland ran 16 times for 150 yards and four touchdowns last Friday to help give Carolina back-to-back wins for the first time since the first two games of the 2012 season. Bowens completed 8-of-10 passes for 170 yards and two scores, both of which went to Riley who had 101 yards receiving on three receptions. Holland has rushed for 645 yards and eight touchdowns this year, while Riley has 25 catches for 436 yards and eight scores. He’s caught a touchdown in all but one game this season. Sophomore Josiah Fleming has a team-high 64 tackles.