South Pointe returns to the Class 3A ranks again this fall. The Stallions, who won a state championship at that level in 2011, just finished up two full seasons in 4A football, and will be joined in a new-look Region 3-3A by Lancaster. The Bruins drop down to 3A athletics for the first time in school history.
Lancaster and South Pointe will be joined by Chester, and Clinton, Union and Broome to the west. Coach Strait Herron’s Stallions will almost certainly slot right into the top-10 of the 3A state rankings.
Gaffney rejoins Region 3-4A to the delight of high school football fans in the Upstate. Gaffney last played in Region 3 in 2011, a year they won the region title, before losing to Byrnes in the state playoffs.
Only three regions statewide remained completely intact: Region 6-3A (probably the best 3A region in the state), Region 8-2A, and Region 3-A – Lewisville and Great Falls’ league.
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Region 1-A: McCormick, Dixie, Calhoun Falls, Fox Creek (moved from Region 4-A), Ridge Spring-Monetta (moved from Region 4-A)
Region 2-A: Ware Shoals (moved from Region 1-A), Southside Christian, St. Joseph’s, Christ Church, Whitemire
Region 3-A: C.A. Johnson, Great Falls, Lewisville, Lamar, McBee
Region 4-A: Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, North, Blackville-Hilda, Williston-Elko, Calhoun County (moved down from Region 5-2A), Wagener-Salley
Region 5-A: Denmark-Olar, Allendale-Fairfax, Bamberg-Erhardt (moved down from Region 5-2A), Bethune-Bowman, Branchville, Estill
Region 6-A: St. John’s, Baptist Hill, Military Magnet, Lincoln, Cross, Burke (moved down from Region 6-2A)
Region 7-A: Murray, Hannah-Pamplico (moved from Region 8-A), Timmonsville, East Clarendon, Scott’s Branch
Region 8-A: Hemingway (moved from Region 7-A), Lake View, Creek Bridge, Carvers Bay (moved from Region 7-A), Latta, Green Sea-Floyds
Region 1-2A: Blacksburg, Powdersville, Woodruff (moved down from Region 3-3A), Pendleton, Liberty, Landrum, Carolina Academy, Chesnee
Region 2-2A: Batesburg-Leesville, Crescent (moved from Region 1-2A), Strom Thurmond (moved down from Region 5-3A), Saluda, Abbeville, Ninety Six
Region 3-2A: Newberry (moved from Region 2-2A), Columbia, Eau Claire, Keenan, Pelion, Fairfield Central, Mid-Carolina (moved from Region 2-2A)
Region 4-2A: Cheraw, Chesterfield, Central, Indian Land, Buford, Andrew Jackson, North Central (moved from Region 3-2A)
Region 5-2A: Ridgeland-Hardeeville (moved from Region 6-2A), Woodland (moved from Region 6-2A), Barnwell, Edisto, Wade Hampton, Silver Bluff
Region 6-2A: Academic Magnet, Garrett Academy, Battery Creek, Whale Branch (moved from Region 5-A), Bishop England, North Charleston
Region 7-2A: Andrews, Lake Marion, Timberland, Lee Central, Kingstree, Johnsonville (moved from Region 8-A)
Region 8-2A: Mullins, Aynor, Waccamaw, Marion, Dillon, Loris
Region 1-3A: Seneca, Belton-Honea Path, Daniel, Pickens (moved from Region 2-3A), Palmetto, Walhalla, West-Oak, Wren
Region 2-3A: Chapman (moved from Region 3-3A), Southside, Greer, Travelers Rest, Blue Ridge, Emerald (moved from Region 1-3A); Berea, Eastside
Region 3-3A: South Pointe (moved down from Region 4-3A), Lancaster (moved down from Region 3-4A), Chester, Clinton, Union, Broome
Region 4-3A: A.C. Flora, Camden, Richland Northeast (moved down from Region 4-4A), Chapin, Dreher, Lower Richland
Region 5-3A: Aiken (moved down from Region 5-4A), Airport, Gilbert, Swansea, Midland Valley, Brookland-Cayce
Region 6-3A: Darlington, Marlboro County, Hartsville, Crestwood, Lakewood, Manning
Region 7-3A: Lake City (moved up from Region7-2A), Wilson, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, St. James
Region 8-3A: Beaufort (moved down from Region 8-4A), Berkeley, Stall, Hanahan, Hilton Head, Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Region 1-4A: Laurens, Greenville (moved up from Region 2-3A), Greenwood, Westside, T.L. Hanna, Hillcrest, Woodmont, Easley
Region 2-4A: Mauldin, J.L. Mann, Spartanburg, Riverside, Wade Hampton, Boiling Springs, Dorman, Byrnes
Region 3-4A: Clover, Fort Mill, Gaffney (moved from Region 2-4A), Nation Ford, Northwestern, Rock Hill, York
Region 4-4A: Ridge View, Westwood (moved up from Region 4-3A), Dutch Fork (moved from Region 5-4A), Lugoff-Elgin, Blythewood, Spring Valley
Region 5-4A: Irmo (moved from Region 4-4A), North Augusta, Lexington, White Knoll, River Bluff (new school joining its first region), South Aiken
Region 6-4A: South Florence, Conway, Carolina Forest, Socastee (moved up from Region 7-3A), Sumter, West Florence
Region 7-4A: Cane Bay, Goose Creek, Wando, West Ashley, Stratford, James Island (moved up from Region 8-3A)
Region 8-4A: Colleton County, Ashley Ridge, Bluffton, Fort Dorchester, Summerville