Who to watch for Gaffney: RB Jaiden McDowell, WR Emazon Littlejohn, QB Riley Staton
Who to watch for Dorman: WR K.D. Hainsworth, S Brannon Teamer, LB Owen Hendricks
About the Indians: Lost in the flash of some big scores and big plays is that for the last couple of wins, the Indians have played old-school Gaffney football: hard-nosed defense and opportunistic offense. Staton and Littlejohn are a big play waiting to happen, and McDowell has proven to be one of the best backs in the area.
About the Cavaliers: Dorman nearly pulled off the impossible last week, as two long TD passes to Hainsworth in the last two minutes pulled them to within an unsuccessful conversion away from a monumental win. Hainsworth’s second TD, his fourth of more than 50 yads this season. The defense chipped in as well, as Hendricks and Kentravious Anderson each interception returns for scores.
Spartanburg (4-4, 0-2) at Boiling Springs (3-6, 0-3)
Series record: Spartanburg leads 33-9 overall, including a 56-14 win a year ago.
Last week: Spartanburg was idle; Boiling Springs lost to Gaffney 17-7
Radio/TV/Internet: Fox Sports Spartanburg 1400 AM/98.3FM (Spartanburg); upstateprecast.net (Boiling Springs)
Location: Bulldog Stadium, 2251 Old Furnace Rd., Boiling Springs
Who to watch for Spartanburg: S Demario Bookhart, WR Justin Rice, LB Bennie Gibson
Who to watch for Boiling Springs: DL Calvin Jackson, QB Lincoln Huskey, DL Dennis Glenn
About the Vikings: Spartanburg is in a near must-win situation. If the Vikings can’t beat the Bulldogs, they’ll have one more shot at a region win next week against Dorman. Either win would likely get the Vikings into the playoffs, but a victory over Boiling Springs would assure a spot.
About the Bulldogs: Likewise for Boiling Springs, they badly need a victory for a playoff berth. The difference is, Boiling Springs is done after this week, and if they want any say at all in their postseason chances, they’ll have to beat the Vikings. Otherwise, they’ll be at the mercy of the at-large committee, and while their pre-season and Region II-5A schedule are likely enough to get them in, a victory could help remove any doubt.
Chesnee (5-3, 2-1) at 2A No. 9 Ninety Six (7-1, 3-0)
Series record: Ninety Six leads the series 4-3, but Chesnee took a 27-26 win last season
Last week: Ninety Six beat Liberty 56-31; Chesnee beat Blacksburg 54-13
Location: Wildcat Stadium, 640 S Cambridge St., Ninety Six
Who to watch for Chesnee: ATH Adonis Burgess, QB Kjay Proctor, ATH Kaylob Blanton
Who to watch for Ninety Six: RB Zay King, RB Briant Witherspoon, RB Gabe Hackett
About Chesnee: The Eagles exploded offensively last week, and did it behind a number of players. Austin Bigford had 111 yards rushing and a score, Kaylob Blanton had 108 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Jayden Williams and Kjay Proctor accounted for two TDs each, and Adonis Burgess scored one.
About Ninety Six: There are big nights, and then there’s what Zay King did last week for the Wildcats. He rushed 14 times for 145 yards and five TDs, and added a 92-yard kickoff return TD in a big win over Liberty.
Carolina (2-7, 0-3) at 3A No. 8 Broome (7-1, 2-0)
Series record: Broome leads the series 9-1, including a 48-0 win last year.
Last week: Broome was idle; Blue Ridge defeated Carolina 49-0
Location: Royal Stadium, 381 Cherry Hill Rd., Spartanburg
Who to watch for Broome: QB Kamajay Brackett-Brannon, OL Steven O’Dell, DL D.T. Thompson
Who to watch for Carolina: QB Jasean Bowens, WR D’Marcus Riley, RB Kimoray Holland
About the Centurions: Broome is loaded, and now they’re rested after a week off. Jaylin McGill is perhaps the top sophomore RB in the state, and he’s just one of Broome’s offensive weapons, as Brackett-Brannon is a dynamic dual-threat QB. O’Dell leads the offensive line and Thompson is his counterpart on defense – both were selected as North all-stars this week.
About the Trojans: While they’ve had their share of struggles, the Trojans have put together some good performances, especially offensively. Bowens has thrown for more than 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns, with 500 of those receiving yards and nine of the scores going to Riley. Holland has been a workhorse on the ground, grinding out 921 yards and eight scores, and rushing for six yards per carry.
3A No. 5Chapman (7-1, 2-0) at Blue Ridge (1-7, 1-1)
Series Record: Chapman leads the series 31-10, including a 64-34 win last season.
Last week: Chapman beat Travelers Rest 56-0; Blue Ridge beat Carolina 49-0
Radio/TV/Internet: upstateprepcast.net will have a broadcast for each team.
Location: Jim Howard Stadium, 2151 Fews Chapel Rd, Greer
Who to watch for Chapman: QB Coleman Gray, WR Shawn Cunningham, LB Reese Lynch
Who to watch for Blue Ridge: RB K.B. Henderson, WR Asheton Stokes, DE Eli Smith
About the Panthers: Chapman has rolled after an early loss to Boiling Springs. North all-stars Gray and Cunningham are a potent offensive duo, RBs Keanu Na and Matthai Scott lead a rugged rushing attack, and the Panthers’ defense is solid at every level.
About the Tigers: Blue Ridge’s bright spot has been on the ground this season, and Henderson has been responsible for a lot of the damage. He’s got nearly 1,000 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the year