Northwestern slid into the No. 1 spot in the Class AAAA state football rankings this week after beating Byrnes, which was previously the top team, last week in overtime. The Trojans and Rebels are both ranked nationally, and their matchup lived up to the billing Friday night, with hosts Northwestern pulling out a 42-35 win in extra time. Despite the loss, Bobby Bentley’s Byrnes squad dropped just one spot to No. 2.
South Pointe also dropped after losing 20-9 to Spartanburg. The Stallions fell to No. 10, and have region foe York nipping at their heels as the highest vote-getter not ranked. Spartanburg moved to No. 7 on the strength of its win over Strait Herron’s club Friday.
There was also a state ranking debut for Lewisville, which slotted in at No. 10 in Class A after improving to 3-1 last week with a triple overtime win over Indian Land.
S.C. Prep Media Poll Week 4
1. Northwestern; 2. Byrnes; 3. Goose Creek; 4. Dutch Fork; 5. North Augusta; 6. Dorman; 7. Spartanburg; 8. Spring Valley; 9. Stratford; 10. South Pointe
Others receiving votes: York, Greenwood, Gaffney, South Florence
1. Daniel; 2. Hartsville; 3. Strom Thurmond; 4. Hanahan; 5. Socastee; 6. Belton-Honea Path; 7. Marlboro County; 8. Brookland-Cayce; 9. Chapman; 10. Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Others receiving votes: North Myrtle Beach, Darlington, Seneca, Georgetown, Blue Ridge, Greer, Hilton Head Island, Midland Valley
1. Dillon; 2. Fairfield Central; 3. Newberry; 4. Central; 5. Timberland; 6. Silver Bluff; 7. Chesnee; 8. Loris; 9. Saluda; T10. Woodland; T10. Chesterfield
Others receiving votes: Batesburg-Leesville, Crescent, Ninety Six, Bishop England
1. Christ Church; 2. St. Joseph’s; 3. Hemingway; 4. Lamar; 5. Allendale-Fairfax; 6. Baptist Hill; 7. Carvers Bay; 8. Johnsonville; 9. Ridge Spring-Monetta; 10. Lewisville
Others receiving votes: Cross, Fox Creek, Williston-Elko, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Estill
*The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Jordan Anders, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News, Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail, Phil Bowman, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.
Tri-County award winners for Week 3
Offensive player: Cody Montgomery, Lewisville – completed 30-37 passes for 273 yards and five TDs in win over Indian Land.
Defensive player: Mitch Langford, Lewisville – made 11 tackles (nine solo, two assists) and had two tackles-for-loss in Lions’ win over Indian Land.
Offensive lineman: Mason Kirkly, Andrew Jackson – 85 percent blocking grade in Andrew Jackson’s win over McBee.
Defensive lineman: Parker Cox, Lewisville – Recorded eight total tackles, three sacks and five tackles-for-loss in Lewisville win.
Special teams: Heath Gandee, Andrew Jackson – returned three kickoffs for 60 yards total in win over McBee.
Offensive player: Mason Rudolph, Northwestern – completed 25 of 38 passes for 200 yards and five touchdowns. Rudolph also ran for 70 yards and another touchdown on 16 carries in the Trojans’ win over Byrnes.
Defensive player: Cameron Meadows, Lancaster; Corey Seargent, Northwestern – Meadows made 19 tackles, a sack and forced a fumble in the Bruins’ win over Central, while Seargent racked up 20 tackles, eight assists and an interception in Northwestern’s win over Byrnes.
Offensive lineman: Shuler Littleton, York – graded 88 percent with two knockdowns in York’s win over Gaffney.
Defensive lineman: Darius Truesdale, Lancaster – made 15 tackles and a pair of sacks in Bruins’s win over Central.
Special teams: Daurice Simpson, York – had a 40-yard punt return and averaged 25 yards on kickoff returns.
Statistics (after Week 3)
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*Great Falls and Indian Land didn’t provide defensive stats; Great Falls hasn’t provided offensive stats since Week Zero