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HSSR's Top Lowcountry Games For Week Eight

Note: Games are scheduled for Friday but impact of Hurricane Michael could change date/times.

Andrews High School has been dominant on defense all season long – allowing just 32 combined points in five games.

In fact, 20 of those came in a single game against Johnsonville. The rest of the time, the Yellowjackets have held opponents to six points or less.

Friday, however, will likely mark their biggest test to date as they travel to Latta for a key Region 7-AA matchup.

Andrews is 5-0 and 1-0 in region play while the Vikings are 4-1 and 2-0. AHS is ranked sixth in the latest HSSR poll with Latta coming in at No. 12.

The region features three more teams ranked in the top 20 in Carvers Bay, Mullins and Hannah-Pamplico, so the road will likely not get any easier from here.

But for Andrews head coach Scott Durham, the immediate concern is the Vikings and their passing attack. 

“They’ll be the best team we’ve played all year,” Durham said. “They throw the ball really well. They’ve got great receivers and a great quarterback. It’s going to be a heck of a challenge for us.”

Durham said the Yellowjackets haven’t faced a passing offense like Latta’s all season, and likely won’t again for the rest of the year.

“The quarterback (Dylan Brewer) gets the ball out quickly and knows where he wants to go,” he said. “He’s got a really good arm. Obviously (Deonte) Stanley is a really good player. They’ll try to get the ball in his hands as much as possible, but the other guys they have are good so we can’t just focus on one guy.”

Brewer has thrown for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns. Stanley leads the team with 22 catches for 274 yards while JR McClam and Darius McRae have combined for 389 yards receiving and seven scores.

Andrews meanwhile has relied on a dominant rushing attack that is averaging 277.2 yards on the ground per game. Keshaun Williams is tops on the squad with 354 yards on 40 carries to go along with four touchdowns. Michael Pipkin is next with 348 yards on 53 carries and seven scores.

Quarterback Francis Brown has 348 yards rushing, 368 yards passing and a combined 10 TDs.

“We’re an option team and it all starts up front with the offensive line,” Durham said. “Those guys have really stepped up. We’ve been able to run the ball with success and also had some success in the passing game as well.

“Also, defensively we’ve really played well.”

Franklin Grant leads Andrews with 38 tackles and has 8 ½ tackles for a loss and three sacks. Gamal Alston has nine tackles for a loss and one sack. Jerimiah Shaw and Josiah Murphy have two INTs each in the secondary.

Tommy Aiken has 10 tackles for a loss to lead the Vikings.

In Region 8-AAAAA, Summerville (5-2, 1-0) travels to West Ashley (3-4, 0-1). The Green Wave are ranked No. 9 in the latest HSSR poll.

Summerville is outscoring opponents 226-96 this year. In a 21-7 victory over Cane Bay last week, SHS quarterback Johnathan Bennett accounted for 199 yards of total offense and ran for a pair of scores. KJ Rollins also had a TD run.

Luke Taylor had 13 tackles on defense while Cole Phillips had 12. Kevon Gregory and Derrick Larry each had an interception.

The Wildcats’ defense has also been opportunistic. They’ve recorded 28 sacks and 108 tackles for a loss. Elijah Johnson, Jared Graham and Jamar Blandin all have four sacks each and Ja’Xavier Legare leads the team with 18 TFLs.

In a 23-15 loss to Wando, WAHS quarterback Kenyatta Jenkins accounted for 184 total yards. Dominique Kershaw and Yaphett Bienvenu had rushing touchdowns.

Region 5-AA has a pair of top contenders meeting this week as Bamberg-Ehrhardt (6-0, 1-0) travels to Woodland (4-3, 1-0). Bamberg is third in the latest HSSR rankings with the Wolverines at No. 7 thanks to a three-game winning streak.

The Red Raiders have dominated opponents this season – outscoring them 229-38. In a 32-0 victory over Allendale-Fairfax last week, Dahlil Wilkins had two rushing TDs and a safety. A.J. Williams and KeSean Brown have also been key members on offense as well as defense for a dominant rushing attack.

The Wolverines meanwhile have turned in three straight solid efforts after starting the season 1-3. They defeated Battery Creek 58-7, took down Bishop England 38-14 and got a very big win against Whale Branch 27-13.

 


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