Week 8 high school football previews

Week 8 high school football previews

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Week 8 high school football previews

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(all games at 7:30 p.m.)

Laurens (5-2, 3-0) at Hillcrest (4-3, 2-1): Region 1-AAAA game. … Laurens won 21-10 last year. … Laurens QB Quinn Suber rushed for 114 yards and RB Rodrick Talley for 109 in last week’s 43-13 win over Hanna. … Hillcrest has as many victories this season as in the past two combined.

Woodmont (0-7, 0-3) at Easley (6-1, 2-1): Region 1-AAAA game. … Easley won 56-7 last year. … Easley RB C.J. Fuller has rushed for 1,280 yards. … Woodmont has lost nine consecutive games in all. … Easley is No. 7 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

J.L. Mann (1-6, 0-3) at Westside (2-5, 1-2): Region 1-AAAA game. … Mann won 33-3 last year. … Mann recorded a season-high in points in last week’s 35-28 loss to Hillcrest. … Mann has lost six consecutive games since its opening win against Southside.

T.L. Hanna (3-4, 1-2) at Greenwood (7-0, 3-0): Region 1-AAAA game. … Greenwood won 31-0 last year. … Greenwood has won 14 consecutive games against Hanna. The Yellow Jackets’ last win was in 1997. … Greenwood is No. 4 in Class AAAA and No. 2 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Byrnes (7-0, 3-0) at Gaffney (4-3, 2-1): Region 2-AAAA game. … Gaffney beat Byrnes 35-12 during the regular season last year, but the Rebels beat the Indians 31-24 in the state final. … Byrnes QB Shuler Bentley has passed for 2,553 yards and 30 TDs. … Byrnes is No. 1 in Class AAAA and in The Greenville News Upstate rankings and No. 3 in USA Today’s Super 25.

Riverside (1-6, 0-3) at Mauldin (3-4, 1-2): Region 2-AAAA game. … Mauldin won 49-0 last year. … Riverside is coming off a 64-0 loss at Byrnes. Mauldin is coming off a 40-7 loss at Gaffney. … Riverside has allowed an average of 61 points over the past three weeks.

Dorman (5-2, 2-1) at Wade Hampton (4-3, 1-2): Region 2-AAAA game. … The teams last met in 1991. … Wade Hampton had 123 total yards in last week’s 49-8 loss at Boiling Springs. … Dorman is No. 10 in Class AAAA and No. 4 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Boiling Springs (5-2, 2-1) at Spartanburg (2-5, 1-2): Region 2-AAAA game. … The teams last met in 2009. Boiling Springs won 39-35, the Bulldogs’ second straight win over Spartanburg after losing the first 28 times they played the Vikings. … Boiling Springs has scored a total of 115 points the past two weeks.

Daniel (5-2, 3-1) at Emerald (6-1, 3-1): Western AAA Region game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Emerald is off to its best start since 1998, when the Vikings went 12-3 and won the Class AA title. … Daniel is allowing 166 yards and 6.5 points per game. … Daniel is No. 2 in Class AAA and No. 3 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Walhalla (2-5, 0-4) at Wren (5-2, 3-1): Western AAA Region game. … It’s the teams’ first meeting since 1987. … Wren RB Levi Bufford rushed for 192 yards and four TDs in last week’s 56-0 win over West-Oak. … Wren is No. 8 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Seneca (3-4, 2-2) at Belton-Honea Path (5-2, 3-1): Western AAA Region game. … Seneca won 55-51 last year. BHP had won 13 of the previous 14 meetings. … Seneca lost to Emerald 62-59 last week, after previously losing 32-31 to Westside and 28-27 to Wren. The Bobcats also have a one-point win over Greer in OT.

West-Oak (0-7, 0-4) at Palmetto (3-4, 1-3): Western AAA Region game. … It’s the teams’ first meeting since 2007. Palmetto is 10-0 against West-Oak. … West-Oak has lost nine consecutive games in all.

Travelers Rest (1-6, 0-4) at Greenville (4-3, 3-1): Peach Blossom AAA Region game. … Greenville won 48-21 last year. … Greenville QB Carson Spiers, a freshman making his first start, threw two TD passes and ran for one in last week’s 21-14 win at Pickens. … TR has lost six straight games after a season-opening win over West-Oak.

Pickens (4-3, 3-1) at Greer (5-2, 3-1): Peach Blossom AAA Region game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams since 2005. … Greer RB Quez Nesbitt has rushed for 1,341 yards and 21 TDs. … Greer LB John Hicks has 70 solo tackles, 106 total tackles and nine sacks.

Berea (1-6, 0-4) at Eastside (1-6, 0-4): Peach Blossom AAA Region game. … Berea won 7-0 last year, when each team won two games. … Eastside’s lone victory came in Week 1 against Riverside. … Berea’s lone victory came in Week 2 against Powdersville.

Southside (4-3, 3-1) at Blue Ridge (7-0, 4-0): Peach Blossom AAA Region game. … The teams last met in 2005. … Southside has as many wins this season as in the last three seasons combined. … Blue Ridge QB Ty Montgomery has passed for 1,509 yards and 13 TDs. … Blue Ridge is No. 10 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Union County (4-3, 1-1) at Clinton (1-6, 0-2): Region 3-AAA game. … Clinton won 34-14 last year, the Red Devils’ fourth win in their last five meetings with Union County. … Clinton is off to its worst start since 1990, when the Red Devils finished 2-9.

Chester (3-4, 1-1) at Broome (4-3, 1-1): Region 3-AAA game. … The teams last met in 2003. … Broome is coming off a 51-37 loss to Union County. Chester is coming off a 37-26 loss to Woodruff.

Woodruff (5-2, 2-0) at Chapman (3-4, 1-1): Region 3-AAA game. … Woodruff won 56-20 last year. The Wolverines have won four in a row and seven of their last eight against Chapman. … Woodruff is No. 10 in Class AAA and 5 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Pendleton (4-3, 2-2) at Carolina (2-5, 0-4): Skyline AA Region game. … Pendleton won 37-14 last year, the Bulldogs’ fourth straight win over Carolina. … Carolina QB R.J. Rosemond has passed for 1,115 yards and 13 TDs. WR Zach Cannon has seven TD receptions.

Powdersville (0-7, 0-4) at Chesnee (6-1, 4-0): Skyline AA Region game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Chesnee is No. 6 in Class AA and No. 9 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Blacksburg (4-3, 3-1) at Landrum (3-4, 3-1): Skyline AA Region game. … Landrum won 14-12 last year, the Cardinals’ sixth straight victory against Blacksburg. … Landrum had its three-game winning streak snapped in last week’s 17-0 loss to Chesnee.

Crescent (6-1, 3-1) at Liberty (3-4, 1-3): Skyline AA Region game. … Liberty won 48-21 last year, the Red Devils’ second straight win against Crescent. … Liberty QB Brandon Alexander has rushed for 882 yards and 14 TDs. … Despite missing a game, Liberty LB Parker Ford has a team-high 49 tackles.

Saluda (4-3, 1-1) at Abbeville (6-1, 2-0): Appalachian AA Region game. … It’s the teams’ first meeting since 2003. … Abbeville has won 36 consecutive region games, dating back to 2005. … Abbeville is No. 1 in Class AA and No. 6 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Batesburg-Leesville (4-3, 1-1) at Mid-Carolina (2-5, 0-2): Appalachian AA Region game. … M-C won 35-28 last year, the Rebels’ second straight win over B-L after 14 straight losses to the Panthers.

Ninety Six (2-5, 1-1) at Newberry (4-3, 1-1): Appalachian AA Region game. … Newberry won 29-22 last year. … Newberry has a 9-3 lead in the series, which dates back to 1924.

Calhoun Falls Charter (2-5) at Dixie (1-6): Region 1-A opener for both teams. … Dixie won 28-27 last year, one of the Hornets’ two victories in 2011. … Dixie’s win this season came against Whitmire in Week 5.

Ware Shoals (3-4) at McCormick (5-2): Region 1-A opener for both teams. … Ware Shoals won 19-6 last year, the Hornets’ 14th straight win over McCormick. … McCormick is No. 9 in Class A.

Southside Christian (3-4) at Christ Church (7-0): Region 2-A opener for both teams. … Christ Church won 38-14 last year, improving to 6-0 against SCS. … SCS QB John Walker has passed for 1,719 yards and 15 TDs. … Christ Church, which has won 39 of its last 43 regular-season games, is No. 1 in Class A.

Whitmire (0-7) at St. Joseph’s (5-2): Region 2-A opener for both teams. … St. Joseph’s won 40-0 last year and 44-0 in 2010, the Knights’ first varsity season. … Whitmire has lost 31 consecutive games, dating back to Week 7 in 2009.

— Bob Castello

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