Week 2 4A/5A Preview
Greenwood (0-2) at Dorman (2-0)
The Cavaliers will look to stay unbeaten as they host the Greenwood Eagles this Friday. Greenwood will pose a different challenge for Dorman with their option offense, as the two previous games the Cavs have faced teams that run a spread style offense. Last week Dorman jumped out to a 35-7 lead over North Augusta before the Yellow Jackets made it close in the fourth quarter. Dorman running back Kendell Lewis then sealed the win with an 84 yard touchdown catch on a screen play that put the game out of reach. Dorman was balanced on offense last week with 226 yards passing and 198 rushing in the win. I think Dorman will once again be able to move the ball on offense, but the question is how they will handle the option attack. If they can remain disciplined on defense and force some three and outs like they did last week, I like the Cavaliers to come away with another comfortable win to move to 3-0 under Coach Curtis.
Hammond (1-1) at Gaffney (0-1)
Last week Gaffney’s game against Union was called after a long weather delay. This week the Indians will look to get their first win of the season at home against Hammond. Gaffney has some injuries issues already, but as usual it’s the “next man up” mentality that should help them as they navigate a tough early season schedule. Hammond should be a tough test for the Indians, but I like the offense to find their footing this Friday. Look for senior quarterback Grayson Loftis to have a big game and lead the Indians to their first win of the season in what I think could be a high scoring ballgame.
Byrnes (2-0) at Greenville (0-2)
The Rebels moved to 2-0 last week with a 54-7 win over the Chapman Panthers. Quarterback Colby Shaw was stellar for the second straight week leading the Rebels to another big win. This week I think the Byrnes defense will be the story come Saturday morning. Greenville has some electric playmakers on offense but if Byrnes can tackle well in space, they could be in for another big win. I like Byrnes to jump out early and keep their foot on the gas pedal for four quarters, just like the previous two games. Coach Reggie Shaw and his staff should feel good about their team as they will enter September unbeaten.
Spartanburg (0-2) at Broome (1-1)
For a preview of our Game of the Week see the 2A/3A article.
Boiling Springs (0-2) at Chapman (0-2)
Preview can be found in 2A/3A article.
Blue Ridge (2-0) at Greer (0-2)
The Yellow Jacket enter Week 2 looking for their first win after falling to Hillcrest last Friday. Greer will need to be better on defense this week after allowing 62 points in the loss to the Rams. This should be a tight game for four quarters and if the Yellow Jackets can limit the Tigers’ big plays I like their chances to come away with a win. If the defense continues to struggle and can’t force any turnovers, it could be another long night for the Greer faithful.