The arrival of Hurricane Irma was not the only bad news last week for T&D Region high school football fans.
The local teams took it on the chin in non-region contests. Out of the 10 teams playing non-T&D Region opponents (Calhoun County and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler played each other), only defending SCISA Division II champion Andrew Jackson Academy, Woodland and Dorchester Academy came out on top.
The only team not to see action in Week 3 was Holly Hill Academy. The red-white-and-blue Raiders' planned game with Beaufort Academy was postponed, with no rescheduled date as of yet.
Dorchester Academy had its schedule totally changed around, playing on Thursday night, and now having this week's Raiders' game moved from this Friday to Saturday night - and changed from a road game to a home game - due to flooding on the John Paul II field in Ridgeland.
Team of the week
The Wolverines pulled out their second straight victory of the season, after enduring two consecutive losses to start the season. The Wolverines defeated Williston-Elko, 27-26 in overtime. Like many other contests statewide, it was moved up a day due to the prospect of bad weather.
Week 3 gridiron giants
- Bailey Ackerman (Andrew Jackson Academy) - 210 rushing yards, 3 TDs
- Jordan Lee (Andrew Jackson Academy) - 136 rushing yards, 2 TDs
- Colyn Peek (Andrew Jackson Academy) - 124 total yards, TD
- Caleb Crosby (Calhoun Academy) - 329 rushing yards, 4 TDs, 4-for-10 passing, 120 yards, 2 TDs; 11 tackles
- Weston Davis (Calhoun Academy) - 12 tackles
- Matt Layton (Calhoun Academy) - 11 tackles
- Andrew Isgett (Calhoun County) - 20-for-30 passing, 318 yards, 5 TDs; 53 rushing yards, TD
- Raquarious Greene (Calhoun County) - 3 receiving TDs
- Willie Brown (Calhoun County) - 2 receiving TDs; INT on defense
- Devante Scott (Hunter-Kinard-Tyler) - 8-for-14, 240 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 rushing TD; 2 INTs on defense
- Trace Furtick (Orangeburg Prep) - 156 total yards
- Bill Metts (Orangeburg Prep) - 123 rushing yards, 2 TDs
- Wesley Wells (Orangeburg Prep) - 12 tackles
- John Henry Reynonds (Orangeburg Prep) - 10 tackles
- Jeff Bramblett (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) - 9-for-16 passing, 191 yards, TD
Week 3 was an especially satisfying one for a pair of visiting former T&D Region head football coaches. Wayne Farmer, who coached at Elloree and Denmark-Olar high schools, led his new team Scott’s Branch to a 12-0 upset of ranked and previously undefeated Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Down the road on Highway 301, former Calhoun Academy head coach Adam Jarecki led Wilson Hall to a 31-21 win over longtime rival Orangeburg Prep.
Airport High School
At 0-3, the Eagles from West Columbia are off to their worst start since the 2004 season and set to host Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday. At the same time, the combined record of Airport's first three opponents (Brookland-Cayce, Lower Richland and Gilbert) is 9-2. The Eagles' biggest bright spot is senior punter Paxton Brooks. A commitment to the University of Tennessee, the 6-5, 170-pound Brooks has averaged close to 49 yards per punt and is headed to the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando. Airport trails the all-time series 15-18 and lost last year, 31-26 in Orangeburg.
By the numbers
Last week’s carnage of losses leaves only Andrew Jackson Academy and idle Branchville as The T&D Region’s undefeated teams. The Confederates own the Palmetto State’s longest win streak at 29 games, while Branchville was one of four area teams (including Edisto, Denmark-Olar and Blackville-Hilda) who had a ‘bye’ in Week 3... Branchville is 3-0 for the first time since football was revived as a varsity sport in 2008... On the flip side, Region 3-A rivals North and Denmark-Olar remain the T&D Region’s lone winless teams. The Eagles own the Palmetto State’s longest active losing streak at 29 games... Bamberg-Ehrhardt head coach Kevin Crosby is two wins shy of 100 for his career. He has seven 10-win seasons... Prior to last week’s 32-26 loss to Calhoun County, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler had been held to single digits in four of their last five games, dating back to last season.
“I don’t think we treated this game quite the same as when we played O-W or C.E. Murray or Woodland. I think we kinda overlooked what Scott’s Branch was about and we got knocked in the mouth. So we’ve got to go back to the grind and get ready to play two weeks from now.” - B-E head football coach Kevin Crosby.
S.C. Prep Media Football Poll
(after Sept. 8 games)
- Class 5A - 1. Fort Dorchester (13), 2. Byrnes, 3. Dutch Fork, 4. T.L. Hanna, 5. Conway, 6. Spring Valley, 7. Greenwood, 8. Boiling Springs, 9. Irmo, 10. Sumter. Receiving votes: Spartanburg, Socastee, Summerville, White Knoll, Gaffney.
- Class 4A - 1. South Pointe (13), 2. North Myrtle Beach, 3. Hartsville, 4. North Augusta, 5. South Aiken, 6. Belton-Honea Path, 7. Greer, 8. Ridge View, 9. Greenville, 10. Berkeley. Receiving votes: Eastside, Beaufort.
- Class 3A - 1. Chapman (12), 2. Dillon (1), 3. Newberry, 4. Strom Thurmond, 5. Timberland, 6. Brookland-Cayce, 7. Gilbert, 8. Chester, 9. Broome, 10. Fairfield Central. Receiving votes: Powdersville, Palmetto, Manning, Ridgeland-Hardeeville.
- Class 2A - 1. Abbeville (13), 2. Barnwell, 3. Cheraw, 4. Carvers Bay, 5. Lee Central, 6. Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 7. Chesterfield, 8. Latta, 9. Batesburg-Leesville, 10. Southside Christian. Receiving votes: Andrews, Saluda, Buford, Liberty, Woodland.
- Class A - 1. Lamar (11), 2. Hemingway, 3. St. John’s, 4. Lewisville (2), 5. Lake View, 6. C.E. Murray, 7. Cross, 8. Wagener-Salley, 9. Williston-Elko, 10. Scott’s Branch. Receiving votes: Baptist Hill, Branchville, Bethune-Bowman.
Voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Bret McCormick, The Herald; Lou Bezjak, The State; Joe Hughes, The Sun News; Tyler Cupp, WPUB radio; Travis Jenkins, Chester News Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Eric Russell, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, (Florence) The Morning News; Chris Clark, (Orangeburg) The Times and Democrat; Dennis Brunson, (Sumter) The Item; David Roberts, (Greenwood) The Index-Journal; David Shelton, (Charleston) The Post and Courier; Lake Morris, (Anderson) Independent Mail.