Series record: Byrnes leads the series 33-30-1, including a 25-22 victory last season.
Last week: Dorman beat Mauldin 26-12; Byrnes beat Boiling Springs 38-31 in 2OT
Radio/TV/Internet: WQUL 101.7FM (Dorman); The Fan Upstate 97,1/97.7 FM (Byrnes)
Location: Nixon Field, 150 E. Main St., Duncan
Who to watch for Dorman: LB Kentavion Anderson, S Brann0on Teamer, DB Sammy Brannon
Who to watch for Byrnes: LB Jake Oates, DB Chamarryus Bomar, RB Tre Segarra
About the Cavaliers: Dorman comes in on a two-game winning streak, and just a half-game behind Byrnes for the Region II-5A lead. The Cavaliers did it with defense last week against Mauldin, recording 10 tackles for loss and holding the Mavericks to 266 total yards of offense.
About the Rebels: Byrnes won an absolute thriller last week against Boiling Springs, taking the double-overtime victory on the road to remain perfect in the region. Bomar came up with a huge play to end it, knocking away the Bulldogs’ must-have TD on the last play of the game.
Travelers Rest (3-5, 1-1) at Chapman (6-1, 1-0)
Series record: Chapman leads the overall series 12-10-1, including a 53-13 win last season.
Last week: Chapman was idle; Travelers Rest beat Carolina 47-14
Who to watch for Travelers Rest: WR Drew McKibben, LB Lucas Tankersley
Who to watch for Chapman: QB Coleman Gray, WR Shawn Cunningham, RB Matthai Scott
About the Devildogs: Travelers Rest got a big win over Carolina last week, thanks in large part to McKibben and Tankersley. McKibben had seven carries for 138 yards and two scores, and caught three balls for 36 yards and another touchdown. Tankersley had nine tackles, six assists, and a sack in the win
About the Panthers: Chapman had a bye last week, but the Panthers have been absolutely rolling. They’ll be led by Gray, who plays QB like a wrecking ball, bowling over defenders when he’s not finding guys like Cunningham for big gains. The running game, led by Scott and Keanu Na, is the Panthers’ strength.
Blacksburg (3-4, 0-2) at Chesnee (4-3, 1-1)
Series record: Chesnee leads the series 36-35-1, including a 28-25 win last season.
Last week: Blacksburg lost to Liberty 33-29; Chesnee lost to Abbeville 56-15
Location: Eagle Stadium, 795 S. Alabama Ave., Chesnee
Who to watch for Blacksburg: QB Josh Sims, WR Ziyon Harris, WR Cam Cobb
Who to watch for Chesnee: ATH Kaylob Blanton, ATH Adonis Burgess, QB Kjay Proctor
About the Wildcats: Blacksburg led late, but fell to Liberty on a last-minute score last week. Sims will lead Blacksburg’s spread offense, with Harris and Cobb two of his top targets.
About the Eagles: Chesnee marched down the field to lead Abbeville early, but it was all Panthers after that last week. Proctor fired two touchdown passes in the game, and threw for 176 yards.
Boiling Springs (3-5, 0-2) at Gaffney (5-2, 1-0)
Series record: Gaffney leads 35-9 overall, and won 19-7 in last year’s meeting.
Last week: Boiling Springs lost to Byrnes 38-31 in 2OT; Gaffney beat Spartanburg 19-14
Radio/TV/Internet: WZZQ 104.3 FM (Gaffney); upstateprepcast.net
Location: 149 Twin Lake Rd., Gaffney
Who to watch for Boiling Springs: DL Calvin Jackson, QB Lincoln Huskey, DB Jeremiah Favorite
Who to watch for Gaffney: QB Riley Staton, RB Jaiden McDowell, WR Emazon Littlejohn
About the Bulldogs: Boiling Springs very nearly pulled off an epic upset last week, falling by a score in double overtime against Byrnes. The Bulldogs rushed for more than 200 yards on a stingy Byrnes defense, and looked to have found some momentum going forward.
About the Indians: Gaffney got a hard-fought win against Spartanburg last week, and showcased another scary facet of its offense. McDowell, the team’s leading rusher, had more than 170 receiving yards last week, and was instrumental in the victory.
Abbeville (6-1, 2-0) at Landrum (4-3, 0-2)
Series record: Abbeville leads the all-time series 2-0, including a 48-0 win last season.
Last week: Abbeville beat Chesnee 56-15; Landrum lost to Ninety Six 42-14
Who to watch for Abbeville: RB Jha’Louis Hadden, QB Demarcus Leach, RB Karson Norman
Who to watch for Landrum: RB Colton Link, ATH Braden Mashtare
About the Panthers: Abbeville is business as usual. That means running the ball, stopping the run, scoring a ton of points, and looking like a team capable of winning another 2A title.
About the Cardinals: Landrum led at the half, but fell victim to an offensive outburst by Ninety Six, as the Wildcats scored the game’s last 35 points last week. Link has been limited on the ground for the past couple weeks, and the Cardinals need to get back on track in the running game to be successful.
Clinton (5-2, 1-0) at Woodruff (3-5, 1-1)
Series record: Clinton leads 54-27, including a 59-20 victory last season.
Last week: Clinton was idle; Woodruff defeated Emerald 36-35
Who to watch for Clinton: QB Tushawon Richardson, WR Kadon Crawford, C/DL Rion Gordon
Who to watch for Woodruff: QB TJ Morris, WR Kam Taylor, RB Aiden Gibson
About the Red Devils: Clinton has been hit hard by injuries, losing its top two rushers. So the Red Devils have adjusted. Richardson is having unprecedented success at QB, Crawford has set the school single-game receiving mark, and Zay Johnson has shown plenty of big-play flash.
About the Wolverines: Woodruff put it all together last week, as Morris had his best night, throwing for 336 yards. His final completion was on a two-point conversion, as he found the 6-foot-6 Taylor for the game winner with zeroes on the clock.