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HSSR's Big Games For Week 4

EDITOR’S NOTE: All games were scheduled to still be played at the time this story was posted, but are subject to change due to effects of Hurricane Florence.

With Hurricane Florence looming, it was decided that Hillcrest and Dorman will play on Thursday instead of Friday.

That was perfectly fine with Cavaliers coach Dave Gutshall.

“Both teams are in the same situation,” he said. “It is game four, so I don’t think it will affect us. I’ve always said if I’m not ready to play on Thursday, then I won’t be ready to play on Friday, so we’ll be good.”

The earlier time is somewhat appropriate as both teams will be playing their Region 2-AAAAA openers a little earlier than they have the past couple of seasons. Dorman is third in the latest HSSR rankings while Hillcrest isn’t too far behind at No. 8.

“I think it was usually around the sixth game that we opened region, but now we’ve just got to get ready a little big faster and do it against a good football team,” Gutshall said.

Hillcrest and Dorman are both 3-0 on the year. The Rams have outscored opponents 89-38 while the Cavaliers have a 125-24 scoring margin. Dorman has two shutouts already this season.

“I think we’re really improved defensively from last year, and that’s a big plus,” Gutshall said. “We’ve really stopped the run well and our secondary is back from last year except for one kid. So, we feel good about our defense.”

Juniors A.I. Wilks and Noah Alberry lead the team with 13 tackles each. Dorman also has 10 tackles for loss as a team and has forced five turnovers.

Offensively, the Cavaliers are averaging 234.3 yards per game on the ground. Thomas Morgan and Zach Hillstock Jr. lead the way with 275 and 228 yards, respectively. Hillstock has six rushing TDs while Morgan has four.

Dorman has rushed for 703 yards total and 11 scores.

The Rams will likely be one of if not the toughest opponent to run against this season, Gutshall said.

“They’re very aggressive,” he said. “Last year they shut us down in the running game better than anybody else we played, so we’ve been working really on preparing for that.”

The Hillcrest offense is geared more toward the passing game with senior quarterback Will Watts leading the way. He’s completed 35 of 75 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns. His main target – Deonte’ Smith – has 16 catches for 360 yards and two scores.

Collin Whitfield leads the ground game with 275 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

On defense, Rastian Peake has 38 total tackles while Ahjyreon Hampton has six tackles for a loss. Jaylin Pyles has recorded three sacks and Jake Kenison has three interceptions.

In other top action, undefeated Lancaster (4-0) travels to undefeated Chester (4-0) in a Wednesday matchup of top teams. The Bruins are No. 10 in the latest HSSR Class AAAA rankings while the Cyclones are second in Class AAA.

LHS is outscoring opponents 148-52 this season. Quarterback Kemarkio Cloud and running back Nygel Moore are both averaging more than 100 yards a game on the ground. Cloud had an 81-yard TD pass to Christian Woodard in last week’s win over Nation Ford while also rushing for a pair of touchdowns.

Chester has been outscoring opponents 134-62 with a dominant ground game averaging 343.8 yards per contest.

Pha’leak Brown leads the Cyclones in that department with 415 yards on 51 carries and five touchdowns. Stan Mills is next with 365 yards and four scores on 52 carries. Emmanuel Wright has four TDs as well along with 313 yards rushing while quarterback Zan’Jerry Dunham completes the list with 269 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries. Dunham also has passed for 201 yards and a pair of TDs.

Defensively, Teddy Murphy has been a one-man wrecking crew as he leads the Cyclones with 31 tackles including five tackles for a loss and six sacks. Chester has recorded 14 total sacks this season.

Both Greenville (3-1) at South Pointe (2-1) are coming off of big rebound victories and were slated to play on Wednesday night in Rock Hill. GHS is No. 14 in the latest HSSR Class AAAA rankings while SPHS is No. 2.

The Red Raiders defeated J.L. Mann 48-19 after dropping their first contest of the year to Belton-Honea Path (25-24) the week before. The Stallions followed their 29-22 loss to Rock Hill with a convincing 60-14 victory over Nation Ford last week.

Greenville is outscoring its opponents 140-67. Senior quarterback Davis Beville has completed 45 of 84 passes for 635 yards and nine touchdowns. Senior RB Collin Wakefield has 772 yards and five scores on 95 carries while Aziz Huff has 13 catches for 269 yards and four scores.

The Red Raiders are averaging 233 yards on the ground and just over 160 through the air per game.

They’ll face a Stallions team outscoring opponents 131-57. South Pointe averages 220 yards rushing and 239 yards passing per contest.

Junior QB Tahleek Steele is 44 for 69 for 717 yards and 8 TDs. Marice Whitlock has 11 receptions for 273 yards and a pair of scores while Isaac Ross has 12 catches for 164 yards and three touchdowns.

Joe Ervin leads a quartet of rushers with 100-plus yards with 289 yards and six TDs on 49 carries. Whitlock is next with 132.

Defensively, senior Savion White leads the Stallions with 29 total tackles including three for a loss and one sack.

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