S.C.'s Top Games
Aiken at Easley, 8 p.m.
Coaches (records) -- Hornets: Carey Johnson (2-1). Green Wave: Mike Barnes (2-1).
Key players -- Aiken: DE Marcus Simpkins (Sr, 6-3, 270) WR Brian Staley (Jr, 5-8, 161), QB Corey Ready (Jr, 5-11, 175). Easley: OL Chris McQueen (Sr, 6-4, 275), RB Cory Tant (Sr, 5-9, 180).
Game notes:The Hornets bounced back from the 20-3 loss to Colquitt County by blanking Midland Valley 21-0 last Friday. Easley is coming off a 33-21 loss to Eastside.
North Augusta at Marlboro County, 8 p.m.
Coaches (records) -- Yellow Jackets: Joe Long (2-0). Bulldogs: Dean Boyd (3-0).
Key players -- North Augusta: QB Anthony Young (Sr, 6-4, 185), RB Jamaal Johnson (Sr, 6-0, 185), OLB Michael Mahoney (Sr, 5-10, 180). Marlboro County: QB Cam Newton (Sr, 6-3, 185), RB Marvin Kelly (Sr, 5-8, 175).
Game notes: The Jackets are off to a 3-0 start, behind the offensive prowess of Young and Johnson. They beat Butler 28-21 in a thriller last Friday. The Bulldogs beat Crestwood 27-12, and are also undefeated.
Barnwell at South Aiken, 8 p.m.
Coaches (records) -- War Horses: Dwayne Garrick (1-2). Thoroughbreds: Butch Nelson (0-3).
Key players -- Barnwell: QB Daniel Creech (Jr, 6-3, 185), RB Orlando Rivera (Jr, 5-10, 170), WR Marcus Rivera (Jr, 5-10, 170). South Aiken: QB Kyle Findley (Jr, 6-2, 180), WR Terrence Smith (Jr, 6-3, 185), LB Teron Singley (Sr, 5-10, 190).
Game notes: The War Horses are off to a rocky start, after going 13-1 a year ago. They lost to Hanahan 31-30 last Friday, and sit at 1-2. The Thoroughbreds are struggling at 0-3, losing 37-0 to Lakeside last week.
Swansea at Silver Bluff, 8 p.m.
Coaches (records) -- Tigers: Robert Maddux (2-1). Bulldogs: Al Lown (3-0).
Key players -- Swansea:?????? (Sr, 6-2, 220); DB Brian Ginyard (Sr, 5-11, 190). Silver Bluff: RB Marcus Jones (Sr, 5-10, 175), QB Jamie Williamson (Jr, 5-11, 165), LB Shawn Harris (So, 5-11, 174).
Game notes: The Bulldogs pulled off the 23-21 upset of Fairfield Central and are once again a dominant force at 3-0. The Tigers are also off to a 3-0 start, knocking off Holly Hill-Roberts 33-0 last Friday.
Williston-Elko at Blackville-Hilda, 8 p.m.
Coaches (records) -- Blue Devils:Charlie Combs (2-1). Hawks: David Berry (3-0).
Key players -- Williston-Elko: RB Brian Williams (Sr, 5-7, 145), FBLB Nick Smalls (Sr, 5-10, 190), WR Kelvin Creech (Sr, 5-8, 170). Blackville-Hilda: QB Raphael Isaac (Sr, 6-0, 170), RB Joey Kemp (Jr, 5-10, 176), DT Wilber Johnson (So, 5-10, 165).
Game notes: The Hawks have come out the gate quick at 3-0 with wins over Region 6-AA schools Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Barnwell and Allendale-Fairfax. The Blue Devils have run off two in a row since falling to Barnwell.
Newberry at Midland Valley, 8 p.m.
Coaches (records) -- Bulldogs: Sam Baird (1-2). Mustangs: Rick Knight (1-2).
Key players -- Newberry: LB Montrice Lindsay. DE Travis Kinlock. Leon Taylor. Midland Valley: TB Pele Williams (Sr, 5-7, 177), TB Travis Mays (Jr, 5-9, 173. K Josh Waters (Sr, 5-8, 130).
Game notes: Clayton Chriswell, Midland Valley's coach since 1991, resigned his position on Thursday, citing health considerations. Rick Knight, an assistant since 1991, was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.