Region football season is officially in progress throughout The T&D Region.
For some high school teams, including Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Branchville, the quest for region titles got off to a successful start. Others like Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Bethune-Bowman will finally begin the most important stretch of their respective campaigns this Friday.
Then there are the SCISA teams like Orangeburg Prep, Clarendon Hall, Holly Hill and Andrew Jackson Academy who are on the verge of clinching region titles. The Indians have a 1st place showdown at home this Friday against Hilton Head Christian.
A victory by the Saints sets up a 1st place battle in 8-man Region I with Wardlaw Academy next week, while the Raiders and Confederates are on a collsion course to decide the Region II title on Nov. 1 in Ehrhardt.
TEAM OF THE WEEK - Bethune-Bowman
The Mohawks dropped 4 of their first 5 games, but snapped a 2-game losing streak in a 38-10 rout of Military Magnet. They now turn attention to starting defense of the Region 5-5A title this Friday on the road against Scott’s Branch.
WEEK 6 GRIDIRON GIANTS
Colyn Peek (Andrew Jackson Academy) - 104 passing yards, 2 TDs
Jesus Benjamin (Bethune-Bowman) - 448 total yards, 5 TDs
Carlos Ramos (Bethune-Bowman) - 13 tackles, fumble recovery
TreShawn Berry (Bethune-Bowman) - 10 tackles
Zach Wiles (Branchville) - 106 passing yards, 3 TDs
Jacob Watkins (Branchville) - 12 tackles
Shamar Green (Branchville) - 11 tackles
Zyan Gilmore (Clarendon Hall) - 143 passing yards, 4 TDs; 62 rushing yards, TD; 62 receiving yards.
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Kylic Horton (Clarendon Hall) - 82 passing yards, TD; 58 receiving yards, TD
Zach Pelloni (Holly Hill Academy) - 120 yards, 3 TDs
Perrin Breland (Holly Hill Academy) - 17 tackles
Ramsey Norris (Holly Hill Academy) - 13 tackles
Amir Tyler (Orangeburg Prep) - 142 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Will Summers (Orangeburg Prep) - 145 yards, TD
Peyton Inabinet (Orangeburg Prep) - 114 yards, 2 TDs
Jo’Quyn Ginyard (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) - 2 TDs
BY THE NUMBERS
Orangeburg Prep and Hilton Head Christian are deadlocked at 2-2 in meetings since 2008... Andrew Jackson Academy has won 57 of its last 58 games... North currently owns the Palmetto State's longest losing streak at 51 games... Branchville can match its mark for most wins since the resumption of football in 2008 with a home win Friday over region foe Cross.
“One hundred is a number that you can’t say you didn’t want to get to. You want to do those things. A lot of kids, a lot of coaches that got us here, and so we’re just appreciative of those people.” - Orangeburg Prep head coach Andy Palmer following the 53-19 win over John Paul II for his 100th career victory.
S.C. PREP FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL
CLASS A - 1. Wagener-Salley (7), 2. Green Sea Floyds (2), 3. Lamar (2), 4. Lake View, 5. Blackville-Hilda, 6. C.E. Murray, 7. Branchville, 8. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 9. Great Falls, 10. (tie) Baptist Hill, Denmark-Olar.
CLASS 2A - 1. Abbeville (10), 2. Barnwell (1), 3. Southside Christian, 4. Oceanside Collegiate, 5. Timberland, 6. Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 7. Saluda, 8. Andrew Jackson, 9. Gray Collegiate, 10. (tie) Mullins, Woodland, Whale Branch. Others receiving votes - Andrews, St. Joseph’s.
SCISA FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL
SCISA 2A - 1. Robert E. Lee (3), 2. Trinity-Byrnes (1), 3. Hilton Head Christian, 4. Florence Christian, 5. Orangeburg Prep.
SCISA A - 1. Thomas Heyward (3), 2. Carolina Academy (1), 3. Pee Dee Academy, 4. Bethesda Academy, 5. Dorchester Academy. Also receiving votes: Colleton Prep.
SCISA 8-man - 1. Andrew Jackson Academy (3), 2. Clarendon Hall, 3. Richard Winn Academy, 4. St. John’s Christian, 5. Jefferson Davis Academy.
Thomas Grant Jr. reported on The T&D Region sports scene for two decades as a Times and Democrat staffer. In 2014, he became sports editor of The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News in Lexington.