T&D Staff Report

South Carolina’s high school football season officially kicked off Wednesday night with Pelion’s 47-22 win over Bethune-Bowman.

The T&D region features eight more games in opening week, including two matchups between schools in the High School League and SCISA.

Here’s a look at this week’s games.

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Corey Crosby makes his debut as Bamberg-Ehrhardt head coach against local rivals Edisto on Friday night at the Leon Maxwell Stadium in Bamberg.

The Red Raiders return running back Nick Folk, who had 135 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-7 win over the Cougars last season.

Crosby said he wanted to be more balanced on offense and allow quarterback Chanston Crosby to throw the ball more.

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Edisto is led by athlete Taylen Clinkscales, who will lead a secondary that will try to stop the new BE passing game.

Lucy Beckham at Lake Marion

After three seasons as a junior varsity program, Lucy Beckham will open her first-ever varsity season on the road against Lake Marion.

Due to COVID cancellations last season, the Bengals were able to schedule games against three college opponents, including a 24-7 loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

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Lucy Beckham had her final tune-up at the Colleton County School District Jamboree against Burke High School. The teams played two quarters with the Bengals earning a 27-0 victory. Receiver AJ Kut opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run. Robert Meyers, Tyler Kinloch and Drake Bull added touchdowns.

Jarvis Davis is entering his second season at Lake Marion after leading the Gators to the Class 2A playoffs last season. The Gators are returning quarterback Navian Hilliard, who threw for 900 yards and rushed for 500 yards while scoring 24 touchdowns. Receiver Jaylin Davis returns after catching 25 passes for 250 yards and five touchdowns last year.

Conway Christian at Calhoun Academy

Conway Christian is playing his first season of 11-a-side football and leading the way against Calhoun Academy.

The Cavaliers are looking to replace a number of seniors from a team that won the region but fell to St. John’s Christian in the first round of the SCISA playoffs.

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Connor Hayes takes over at quarterback for Calhoun Academy. Last season, Hayes caught eight passes as a receiver and threw four passes as a backup quarterback.

The Eagles lost three seniors from a team that went 0-8 last season. Conway Christian has spent the past four seasons as an eight-man football team.

Denmark-Olar at First Baptist

The first of our SCHSL-SCISA matchup, the Vikings travel to take on First Baptist.

The Hurricanes finished last season 4-6 and qualified for the SCISA Class AAA playoffs. First Baptist will be led by quarterback Cooper Glazer and running back Elijah Denson (the son of former Notre Dame running back and current Charleston Southern head coach Autry Denson).

Denmark-Olar head coach Jarvis Littlejohn is aware of the athletes First Baptist can field and knows that their new defense (led by former OW head coach Kevin Crosby) will be put to the test.

“(Receivers) Deontra Bowman and Ty Washington can really run, we’re going to have to limit big plays,” Littlejohn said.

The Vikings are led by Region III-A Player of the Year quarterback Keithan Washington. The eldest was the Times and Democrats Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for more than 3,500 yards and 50 touchdowns last season.

Orangeburg-Wilkinson at White Knoll

Former Orangeburg-Wilkinson linebacker Chris Carter leads his alma mater against Class 5A White Knoll Friday night in Lexington.

The Bruins fell to White Knoll 31-12 last season and are all-time winless against the Timberwolves.

White Knoll is led by quarterback Austin Cunningham, who threw a touchdown and rushed for another touchdown in the win over the Bruins last season.

Carter said he’s impressed with his receiving group and expects to throw the ball in a quick, no-huddle offense. Defensively, the Bruins have allowed 34 ppg in their six losses, but just five ppg in their five wins.

Dorchester Academy in Branchville

Another SCHSL-SCISA game as Dorchester Academy travels to Branchville to take on the Yellow Jackets.

Dorchester Academy finished last season 6-4 but fell in the first round of the SCISA Class A playoffs. Branchville finished 6-2 and advanced to the second round of the Class A playoffs.

Raiders returning receiver Ben Marchant, who had 305 yards and two touchdowns, and defensive end Connor Hartzog, who had 95 tackles, five sacks and one interception. Both players were named to the Times and Democrat SCISA All Region First Team.

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Branchville lost starting quarterback Ronnie Nester but returned starting running back Philijuan Saldano. The junior led the Yellow Jackets with over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Scott branch in Hunter-Kinard-Tyler

Jermaine Derricott returns to the sidelines to lead the Hunter-Kinard-Tyler football team. His first test is against Scott’s Branch

Both teams will be looking to get off to a good start as the two combined to win a game last season.

HKT is led by Jayshawn Smalls at quarterback, while Dai’Quwan James and David Myers are expected to line up at multiple positions. Raquan Porter and Thomas Edwards will anchor the offensive and defensive lines.

Cross in County Calhoun

Due to the threat of inclement weather on Friday night, Calhoun and Cross County moved their 2022 season opener to Saturday at 6 p.m. in St. Matthews.

The teams were supposed to meet last season, but COVID forced Cross to self-quarantine. The Trojans finished 2-4 and advanced to the first round of the Class A playoffs.

Cross lost seven seniors from last year’s team, including starting quarterback Antwain Hoskins, who led the Trojans with 747 total yards last season. The strength of the team should be the offensive and defensive lines led by elder Amonte McCray. Jayden Middleton, Ty Bryant and Caleb Cornell are also back.

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Calhoun County is led by athlete Justen Brunson, who caught 20 passes for 399 yards and eight touchdowns. The Saints need to replace quarterback Russell Brunson, who has over 2,700 yards and 30 touchdowns. Marquez Davenport is expected to return to quarterback after playing running back last year.

Trevon Coleman returns to anchor the Saints defense after recording 61 tackles, two sacks and one interception last season.

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