There were several changes in this week's S.C. Prep Writers' Poll involving local football teams, but two held on to the spots they've occupied for most of the season.
South Pointe retained its No. 1 spot in the Class AAA poll and Myrtle Beach is still second. The interesting thing is both teams are favorites for the state championship game on Dec. 4 at USC's Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
Northwestern stayed at No.2 in Class AAAA behind defending Division I champ Dorman. Northwestern, which competes in AAAA Division II, is 10-0 and predicted in most circles to be headed to its third straight championship game.
If so, the Trojans would play at Williams-Brice on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.
Despite beating Rock Hill, 8-2 Clover fell out of this week's top 10. The Blue Eagles lost to Northwestern and No. 7 Gaffney.
Class AAAA teams have one more week of regular-season games. The teams in the lower three classifications begin the playoffs this week.
The only other local team ranked this week is Indian Land, which finally got the recognition most felt was lacking. The Warriors finished 9-1 with a win over Buford last Friday, their lone loss coming against No. 2 Central.
The polls are compiled by The State with voting by Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; Justin Jarrett, Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Matt Anderson, Greenwood Index-Journal; Shane Bowen, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Barry Byers, Rock Hill Herald and Akilah Nelson, The State.
1. Dorman (1); 2. Northwestern (2); 3. Goose Creek (3); 4. Greenwood (4); 5. Beaufort (T10); 6. Irmo (7); 7. Gaffney (6); 8. North Augusta (8); 9. Summerville (5); 10. Byrnes (9)
1. South Pointe (1); 2. Myrtle Beach (2); 3. Belton Honea Path (4); 4. Greenville (5); 5. Fairfield Central (3); 6. Bluffton (8); 7. Camden (7); 8. Wade Hampton (9); 9. Union (NR); 10. AC Flora (NR)
1. Dillon (1); 2. Central (2); 3. Timberland (3); 4. Silver Bluff (4); 5. Lake City (7); 6. Strom Thurmond (8); 7. Indian Land (NR); 8. Manning (5); 9. Woodruff (NR); 10.Mid-Carolina (10)
1. Williston-Elko (1); 2. Hemingway (2); 3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (6); 4. Abbeville (3); 5. Lamar (4); 6. Calhoun County (5); 7. Scott's Branch (7); 8. Christ Church (8); 9. Johnsonville (9); 10. Chesterfield (NR)
SOUTH POINTE FOOTBALL: The first-round Class AAA football playoff game between South Pointe and Eastside High School has been moved from Friday to Thursday night.
It will be played at District Three South Stadium on the campus at South Pointe High School. The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $6 each and the only passes honored will be those issued by the South Carolina High School League. Season ticket seating will be honored, but ticket holders will be required to purchase a ticket.
IL TICKETS: Indian Land will host Columbia High School on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Reservation in the first round of the Class AA football playoffs.
Tickets are $6 each and only South Carolina High School League passes will be accepted. ILHS season passes and LCSD Activity passes will not be honored.
Tickets will be pre-sold in the ILHS front office on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
GOLF : The South Pointe High School Booster Club Charity Golf Tournament will play Nov. 8 at Rock Hill Country Club on 600 Country Club Drive.
The tournament will be sponsored by the SPHS booster club. There will be a 10:30 a.m. check-in, with the tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 11:30.
The format will be a four-person, best-ball Captain's Choice. The cost is $200 per team and $65 for an individual.
There will also be a 50/50 putting contest at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $10, with a winner-take-all prize.
To register, contact John Hughes at the Rock Hill Country Club (803) 327-7790 or stop by Country Club. Fees are due at time of registration. Visa, Master Card, cash or checks will be accepted. Registration after Thursday will depend on availability.