Thursday night football just got crowded, with four local teams playing tonight.
Rock Hill hosts Spartanburg, York goes to Nation Ford and Lewisville is headed to Columbia to play Region 3-A's newest member, C.A. Johnson.
The playoffs are just around the corner and the hopes of each team making the postseason weigh heavily on tonight's results.
Rock Hill is on the hot seat after getting a bit of bad news last week. The Bearcats lost points from their first three games, all wins, after it was found out that an illegal player participated.
The Bearcats also were hit with a $1,200 fine and their record flip-flopped from 5-2 to 2-5.
Added to the adversity was a loss to Gaffney that left the Bearcats 0-2 in Region 3-AAAA. The best scenario to get them in the playoffs is to win two of the final three games. The 'Cats play Clover next week and end the regular season against rival Northwestern.
Rock Hill played without three starters last week. One returns this week.
The last time the Bearcats failed to make the playoffs was in 1981, when they finished 5-6. But there is hope, and it's a special night at District Three Stadium, Rock Hill's Homecoming.
At Nation Ford, the Falcons need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. The top four teams from Region 4-AAA qualify for postseason and the fight for fourth place is lined up behind South Pointe, Chester and Fairfield Central.
Nation Ford is tied for fifth place with York at 0-3 in region play. Fort Mill is a game ahead of those two in fourth with a 1-2 league mark.
There are two regular season games left and Nation Ford ends the season at home against Fort Mill. In two tries, the Falcons have failed to beat the Yellow Jackets.
Lewisville is in the hunt for a playoff berth and will likely earn one with a win tonight. The Lions are 1-7 and won their first game last week, a Region 3-A victory over North Central. Lewisville is in fourth place at 1-2.
North Central and C.A. Johnson (2-6 overall) are 0-3 in the region.