The Gaffney Indians and Clover Blue Eagles will face off in the second round of the 2023 SCHSL 5A Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7:30pm ET at Clover High School in Clover, South Carolina.
What it is: South Carolina High School Football
Matchup: Gaffney Indians vs. Clover Blue Eagles
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7:30pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 SCHSL 5A Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Clover – Clover, SC
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The Indians come into the game with an 8-3 record, while the Blue Eagles are 9-2. Gaffney is ranked 9th in the state, while Clover is ranked 19th.
The Indians have a balanced offense, averaging 32.5 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 2,200 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and six touchdowns. Gaffney also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Blue Eagles have a high-powered offense, averaging 31.8 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns. Clover also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Gaffney allowing just 17.3 points per game and Clover allowing just 18.1 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Gaffney will need to find a way to slow down the Blue Eagles’ passing game and force turnovers. Clover will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
This is the first time that the two teams have met on the gridiron.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Clover due to their home field advantage and their slightly better record. I predict that the Blue Eagles will win a close game, 21-17.