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Lakewood's Brandon Cisse (1) carries the ball against Dreher on Friday.

High School Football Week 2: The 5 biggest stories from Friday on the gridiron

The high school football season is in full swing, as all of our local schools have now played at least two games. As the season continues, the thrills keep COMING, specifically with the Crestwood Knights. Crestwood and the rest of the Sumter School …

Lakewood head coach Larry Cornelius, center, high-fives Seneca Moore during their win over Dreher on Friday.

Big second half lifts Lakewood past Dreher 47-23

When looking for a spark, teams tend to look toward their top players. That’s exactly what Lakewood did on Friday against Dreher.Dreher broke a 16-16 tie with a touchdown on their opening drive …

Sumter High's Alijah Brown (5) celebrates a Gamecock interception during their win over Goose Creek.

Sumter School District sweeps again to highlight Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER 31 GOOSE CREEK 14 Sumter High used three first-half interceptions to beat Goose Creek 31-14 on Friday. The Gamecocks travel to Crestwood next week. LAKEWOOD 47DREHER 23Lakewood High …

Lakewood running back Divon Woods ran for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Gators' 30-0 win over Fox Creek on Friday, earning Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week honors in the process.

Lakewood's Woods runs wild on Fox Creek on way to Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week

Lakewood running back and linebacker Divon Woods has started his senior season with a bang. The Gator has rushed for 170 yards in a season-opening loss to Sumter before ripping off another 160 yards and a score on Friday against Fox Creek. He …

Lakewood's Jayden Jones is a three-sport athlete for the Gators. This fall, his chinstrap is buckled for the football team, while he wrestles in the winter and throws the javelin for the track program in the spring.

The Grind, Presented by Bank of Clarendon: Lakewood's Mr. Everything, Jayden Jones

Lakewood's Jayden "Scooby" Jones is an athlete of many talents. He's a running back and linebacker for the Gator football team. He's also a wrestler and throws javelin on the track team. Scooby is also very well rounded outside of athletic …

Crestwood's Javion Martin passes against Gray Collegiate on Friday.

High School Football Week 1: The 5 biggest headlines from a packed Friday

While it's still early in the season, this past Friday is an early contender for most thrilling night of football this fall. Sumter's game-winning 2-point conversion was just one of the wild comebacks this weekend, as the Sumter School District …

Lakewood's JaRae Mitchell threw for two touchdowns in the Gators' win over Fox Creek on Friday.

Lakewood dominates Fox Creek 30-0

Lakewood got its first win of the season on Friday, defeating Fox Creek 30-0 in dominant fashion.A rushing touchdown by DiVon Woods on Lakewood’s third drive was the first touchdown of the …

Crestwood's Javion Martin throws against Gray Collegiate on Friday.

Sumter School District gets wins from Sumter, Crestwood, Lakewood to lead Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER 15RIDGE VIEW 14Sumter High hit the road to face Ridge View on Friday. The 5A No. 6 Gamecocks narrowly defeated the 4A No. 10 Blazers 15-14 to improve to 2-0. Sumter scored with less than two …

CAL CARY / THE SUMTER ITEM  Sumter High's John Peeples (22) runs against Lakewood during the Gamecocks' 42-9 win on Friday.

High school football Week 0: 5 biggest games in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee

Football is finally back at the high school level and local schools saw no shortage of excitement in Week 0. The most notable game was also the last, as Manning defeated Kingstree 28-16.

Sumter High’s Zyeir Gamble (19) flips the ball to an official after returning a punt for a touchdown against Lakewood.

Sumter High rolls past Lakewood to headline Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER HIGH 42 LAKEWOOD 9 Sumter High defeated county rival Lakewood 42-9 on Friday to open the season 1-0. The Gamecocks travel to Ridge View next week, while Lakewood hosts Fox …

Sumter High’s Pate Merchant (10) fires a pass during the Gamecocks’ 42-9 win over Lakewood on Friday.

Sumter High routs Lakewood in opener for Barnes' 300th

It only took one quarter for things to get out of hand at J. Frank Baker Stadium on Friday night. Sumter High took control early against Lakewood and didn’t pull off the gas in a 42-9 win over …

Lakewood head coach Larry Cornelius, center, enters The Sumter Item Football Media Day with offensive lineman Bryson Dickens, left, and defensive back and wide receiver Brandon Cisse.

Playoff success on tip of Gators’ tongues at Lakewood

Lakewood’s 2021 football season came to a heartbreaking end with a 31-28 defeat that robbed the Gators of their first playoff win in program history.This season, securing that elusive win seems …