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KEY PLAYERS: Aquinas QB Liam Welch, Aquinas ATH Ruben Garnett, Aquinas K Justin Thompson

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Aquinas, the top-ranked Class A team, visits the No. 8 Wolverines, who have gone a combined 34-6 the past three seasons. Just last year, Prince Avenue Christian lost to Calvary Day in the quarterfinals to finish 10-2, while the Irish beat Calvary Day in the championship.


KEY PLAYERS: Thomson DL Jaquez Hart, Washington County QB A.J. Gray, Washington County DL Logan Hunt

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Rob Ridings’ Bulldogs defeated Jefferson County by 13 for an impressive opening-week win. But playing Class AAA No. 1 Washington County in the House of Pain is a much bigger challenge. The Golden Hawks had no trouble dispatching the Bulldogs in 2013, winning 55-12.


KEY PLAYERS: Midland Valley QB Daniel Carr, Midland Valley RB Dre’ Carr, North Augusta QB Trib Reece, North Augusta WR Chaz Mealer

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Mustangs’ offense should be fun to watch this season, especially with the Carrs. To win on the road this week, Midland Valley must keep pace with Reece and the Yellow Jackets offense. But the North Augusta defense also appears strong this year, or at least does early.


KEY PLAYERS: South Aiken DL/WR Rasool Clemons, South Aiken QB Bowen Smith, Aiken QB Bryson Jones, Aiken RB Brayton Sanders

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Clemons recently committed to Virginia. The home Hornets looked solid in the first game, losing to powerful Strom Thurmond by only a touchdown.


KEY PLAYERS: Washington-Wilkes QB Deandre Harris, Washington-Wilkes DL Tremond Ferrell, Lincoln County ATH Jamar Norman

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Tigers have won two in a row to trim the Red Devils’ series lead to 36-34-6 and are ranked fifth in Class AA. Lincoln County looked good in routing McCormick 49-8 in Kevin Banks’ debut.

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