Six high school football teams in playoffs

November 3, 2012 

  • More information Class AAAA Division I Upper Bracket Ashley Ridge at Gaffney Stratford at Dorman Spartanburg at Summerville Spring Valley at Byrnes Lower Bracket Hillcrest at Dutch Fork Boiling Springs at Blythewood Ridge View at Irmo White Knoll at Wando Class AAAA Division II Upper Bracket Conway at Goose Creek Bluffton at South Florence W. Hampton at West Florence Easley at Northwesterns Lower Bracket Cane Bay at South Pointe York at Laurens Fort Mill at Greenwood Nation Ford at North Augusta Class AAA Upper State L. Richland at Daniel Greenville at Chester Union Co. at Greer Belton-H. Path at AC Flora Lower State Myrtle Beach at Hanahan Marlboro Co. at S. Thurmond Berkeley at Socastee Swansea at Hartsville Class AA Division I Upper State Crescent at Fairfield Central Pendleton at Cheraw Keenan at Central Pageland Newberry at Columbia Lower State W. Hampton at Timberland Edisto at Lake City Lake Marion at Dillon Battery Creek at Loris Class AA Division II Upper State Andrew Jackson at Chesnee Ninety Six at Blacksburg Saluda at Abbeville Chesterfield at Buford Lower State Barnwell at Silver Bluff Woodland at Bamburg Ehrhardt Mullins at Bishop England Aynor at Lee Central Class A Division I Upper State St. Joseph’s at Christ Church Ware Shoals at Lamar Lower State Hemingway at Johnsonville Whale Branch at Estil Class A Division II Upper State Blackville Hilda at McCormick Hunter-K-Tyler at Calhoun Falls Lower State Denmark-Olar at Lake View Cross at Timmonsvilles

Fort Mill got Region 3-AAAA’s fourth playoff seed and rival Nation Ford drew a wild card spot in the AAAA Division II playoffs next Friday.

They join fellow York County schools South Pointe, Northwestern and York in the playoffs. South Pointe is the No. 2 seed in Division II, behind Goose Creek.

Coaches met on Saturday at the S.C. High School League in Columbia to work on Class AAAA’s complicated points system, then place the Division I and Division II qualifiers in their respective brackets.

Five Region 3-AAAA has five teams in post-season play, But Northwestern is the lone member in the upper bracket.

The Trojans play host to Easley on Friday and have some tough competition ahead to make the state finals. The bracket includes last year’s Division II state champ Goose Creek (11-0) and Bluffton (10-1), a loser to South Pointe in last year’s Class AAA state championship game.

Like the upper, the lower bracket features four games and could end up being a Region 3-AAAA battle.

Each of the 3-AAAA teams are matched up against outside competition.

Defending Class AAA state champ South Pointe hosts Cane Bay; York travels to Laurens; Fort Mill is on the road at Greenwood; Nation Ford goes to North Augusta.

If all four teams win, then York would travel to South Pointe and Fort Mill would travel to Nation Ford on Nov. 16.

Of the four local teams in the state’s three lower classifications, only one survived the opening round last Friday.

Chester beat Emerald 49-34 and hosts Greenville on Friday.

In the Class AA DI playoffs, Indian Land lost 42-13 to Newberry. In Class A, Lewisville lost 57-56 to St. Joseph’s in overtime. Great Falls was eliminated with a 24-22 loss to Calhoun Falls.

Barry Byers 329-4099

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