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November 30, 2012

Weekend Of Champions Gameday Preview

Countless hours put staring back in Spring; endless days in the weight room during the early Summer right into two-a-days in July; two hours a day three to four days a week in the late Summer and Fall. And it comes down to 48 minutes. And for a player, its not really even 48 minutes. With the average play lasting approximately eight seconds and an offense averaging 55 plays a game, that means for every one-way starter this weekend, it comes down to about seven and half minutes of actual football from whistle to whistle. This is the Weekend of Champions and that clock time, those plays, and that actual football playing time  is for all the marbles.
Class 2A - Division I, Friday 5:30 PM, Benedict College
Dillon Wildcats vs Fairfield-Central Griffins

The Match Up: Two offenses that each average 38 points per game will be taking on opposing defenses that allow under 12 points per game each. Both teams are very balanced in their attacks on offense and both have versatility at the quarterback position.

Key Players: FFC: Deandre Belton, QB: Has passed for more than 2,300 yards and has rushed for more than 1,100 yards. Damien Bell, RB: has rushed for 1,195 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. Dillon: Avery McCall, QB: this freshman is has turned into a leader for the Wildcats. D.J. Park, OL: 6-6, 335 one of the nation's top offensive linemen.

Keys to Game: Something's gotta give. Two stingy defenses against high scoring offenses. The deciding factors of this game will be  the ground attack on offense and the team with the fewest turnovers.

Class 2A - Division II, Friday 8:30 PM, Benedict College
Abbeville Panthers vs Bishop England Bishops

The Match Up: Two ground attacks that are explosve and, as is the theme in most championship games, two solid defenses that have held opponents to under 14 points per game.

Key Players: Abbeville: O'brien Wilson, RB: 1,100 yards rusher averaging 6 yards per carry. Kelly Bryant, QB: sophomore that ignites the offense when he's in the game. Bishop England: DeAngelo Stephenson, RB: More than 1,200 yards rushing 26 offensive scores; Griffie Loy, LB: 64 tackles, 22 for loss with 6 sacks.

Keys to Game: Getting stops on defense. If the Bishops can force a couple of three-and-outs, they could control this game with their offense. It will be interesting to see how strength of schedule plays into this, with that advantage going to the Panthers.

Class 4A - Division II, Saturday, 12:00 pm, Williams-Bryce Stadium
Greenwood Eagles vs Northwestern Trojans

The Match Up: The most explosive offense in the state with Northwestern, averaging 436 yards per game against a very balanced Greenwood team with a defense giving up just 13 points per game. Greenwood plays a tough out of conference schedule, but Northwestern has played the toughest overall schedule between the two.

Key Players: Greenwood: Davon Durant, LB: 99 tackles and 5 sacks; A.K. Reeder, LB: 67 tackles with 4 sacks. Northwestern: Mason Rudolph, QB: 3,700 yards passing with 39 touchdowns; Rontavious McClure, WR: 1,000 yards receiving with ten touchdowns.

Keys to Game: The key to this game is for Greenwood to apply pressure on the quarterback and making him throw on the run. If they allow Rudolph to find his receivers, this will not be a close game. If they can frustrate him with pressure, it gives their offense a chance to take control of the game.

Class 4A - Division I, Saturday, 3:00 pm, Williams Bryce Stadium
Dutch Fork Silver Foxes vs Gaffney Indians

The Match Up: An explosive offense from Dutch Fork against one of the toughest defenses in the state, the Gaffney Indians, who held the Byrnes Rebels to just 37 total points in two games this season.

Key Players: Dutch Fork: Derek Olenchuk, QB: 3,332 yards passing; one of state's top junior signal callers: Jordan Berry, WR: 1,900 yards receiving; excellent hands and dangerous after catch; Gaffney: Shaq Davidson, QB: 1,500 yards of total offense; Hylek Foster, RB: key for the Indians offensive attack.

Keys to Game: Turnovers will be huge in the game; The Indians are big on defense, so for Dutch Fork, getting the ball to their playmakers (Berry and RB Matt Colburn) will be huge. Olenchuk's blindside needs to be protected well, as the Indians' defensive front is nasty.

Class 3A, Saturday, 6:30 pm, Williams Bryce Stadium
Hartsville Red Foxes vs Union County Yellow Jackets

The Match Up: Two totally diffferent styles of offenses against defenses which played lights out in the playoffs, shutting down some of the best teams in the state.

Key Players: Hartsville: Trey Samuel, RB: 1,900 yards rushing, averaging 13 yards per carry and 20 touchdowns; Trey Rogers, RB; 1,400 yards, 19 touchdowns. Union County: Keiston Smith, QB: More than 5,300 yards of total offense, scoring 59 touchdowns this season (state record); Victor Ruth, WR: 1,300 yards receiving averaging 17 yards per catch.

Keys to Game: Stops on defense are key in this game, as both team has potential to score every drive; with two different and complex offenses, it will be interesting to see which defense is better prepared from the challenge of trying to simsulate the opposition at practice this week.

Time Warner Cable will air all five South Carolina high school football championship games LIVE.  The South Carolina High School League Association Football conference 2A to 4AA championship games will air on Time Warner Cable Digital Channel 522 beginning November 30.  In addition, digital cable customers can relive the plays, tackles and touchdowns for free on Time Warner Cable's Carolina On Demand. Fans across the country and service members serving overseas that cannot attend the games can watch live streaming on www.schsl.tv.


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