CENTRAL (12-0) AT STROM THURMOND (12-0)
LAST WEEK: Central defeated Pendleton 42-7; Strom Thurmond beat Southside 61-27
KEY PLAYERS: Central-- DE/TE Justice Cunningham (Sr., 6-4, 250), DE/TE Kegan Funderburk (Jr., 6-3, 210), FB/DL Catrell Allen (Sr., 6-0, 275); Strom Thurmond-- LB/RB Tra'ves Bush (Sr., 5-10, 170), RB/LB Maurice Brown (Sr., 5-10, 185), QB Javon Brown (Sr., 5-11, 165)
KEY MATCHUP: Central's rushing attack vs. Strom Thurmond's defense. Strom Thurmond is undefeated and playing at home because of its strong defense. Central can be bruising on the line and in the backfield.
OUTLOOK: Either team would do well representing the Upper State at Clemson, S.C., on Dec. 6, but a small edge goes to the Rebels because they are playing at home. The winner would likely play host to another undefeated team (Abbeville).
PREDICTION: Strom Thurmond 17, Central 14
EAGLE'S LANDING CHRIST. (9-2) AT LINCOLN COUNTY (10-1)
LAST WEEK: Eagle's Landing Christian beat Darlington 17-6; Lincoln County beat Social Circle 32-0
KEY PLAYERS: Eagle's Landing Christian-- RB Van Jakes (Sr.,), WR Michael Boynton (Sr.), WR/RB Darrien Henderson; Lincoln County-- RB A.G. Middlebrooks (Jr.), QB Bo Reed (Sr.), DB Jatoyaus Jones (Sr.)
KEY MATCHUP: Eagle's Landing Christian's offense vs. Lincoln County's defense. The Chargers didn't score in their only other previous meeting with the Red Devils (34-0 loss in 2006). If Lincoln County earns another shutout, it will comfortably advance to the quarterfinals.
OUTLOOK: The Red Devils should be able to enjoy one more decisive victory -- in coach Larry Campbell's 500th game, no less -- before things get decidedly tougher next week.
PREDICTION: Lincoln County 24, Eagle's Landing Christian 0
-- From staff reports