Three area South Carolina teams will play a day early this week for a variety of reasons.
North Augusta and Blackville-Hilda will play on Thursday night to accommodate their opponents' schedules, while Silver Bluff planned ahead to take advantage of a scheduled day out of school for Aiken County students on Friday.
"We had it on the schedule from the beginning," Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. "You've got ticket takers and concessions workers, band and moms and dads that have to be there for the game. It just worked out better for everybody (to play on Thursday)."
North Augusta, at Richland Northeast this week, and Blackville-Hilda, at C.A. Johnson, will play opponents who share their home field with other teams and occasionally must play Thursday night games. While the teams lose a day of practice by playing early, North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said it shouldn't impact the Yellow Jackets much at all.
"We did stuff on Sunday," he said. "If it was (Week) 2, I'd be real worried, but (Week) 9, we should be fine."
BUMPS AND BRUISES : Injuries can make or break a team this time of year, and several area South Carolina schools are dealing with them.
- Midland Valley picked up another easy region victory last week, but the Mustangs paid a price for it. Starting quarterback Marquette Carr was injured and will miss time with a strain in his right shoulder.
"He'll be out at least this game, and then we'll see," Midland Valley coach Rick Knight said.
The Mustangs could use as many as three different players at the quarterback spot this week against winless Brookland-Cayce. Jeremy Robinson, Cole Cromer and Shaquille Hightower all took snaps this week at practice.
- South Aiken's 56-24 loss to Aiport last week came with a pair of key contributers on the bench. Fatron Holston , who often gives starter Chris Johnson a break at the tailback spot, watched the game on crutches after he suffered a knee injury earlier in the week. South Aiken coach Robert Wrightenberry said the sophomore tailback will most likely miss the rest of the season.
Defensive end Tyrik Scafe also missed last week's game due to a weeklong illness but is expected to play Friday at Swansea (2-6).
- Aiken quarterback Billy Vickers sat out last week's game with a neck strain, but will be in the starting lineup for Friday's home game against Orangeburg-Wilkinson (2-6).