York at Greenwood
Coaches: Y - Bobby Carroll, fourth year; G - Dan Pippin, first year
Records: Y - 11-2; G - 9-4
Last week: York beat River Bluff 33-28; Greenwood beat Westwood 16-0
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Last meeting: York beat Greenwood 42-3 (2013 4A playoffs)
Points scored/allowed: Y - 34.8/23; G - 26.5/18.2
Playoff seeding: York was seeded 9th in 4A Division II; Greenwood was seeded No. 5 in 4A Division II
TV/radio: FM 107.1/107.3/WRHI.com/90.5 in-stadium
Players to watch: Sr. LB Temoris Coats (North-South selection), Sr. DB Kaleb Chalmers (Clemson commit, Shrine Bowl selection), Sr. WR Markeyvious Adams (Shrine Bowl selection, offers from N.C. State, Marshall, Appalachian State), Sr. RB/FB D.J. Wright (FCS, FBS offers); Y - Soph. ATH Wally Wilmore (Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina interest), Sr. DE Ethan Whitesides, Sr. QB Deshaw Andrews (North-South selection), Jr. RB Brandon Garvin, Sr. LB Patch Edwards
Need to know: Have to think that Greenwood will try and flood the secondary defensively and clog up York’s running lanes after the catch, the defensive ploys that Rock Hill, Northwestern and Fort Mill used to slow down Bobby Carroll’s team. That would free up the Cougars’ running game for some big gains at the line of scrimmage through Brandon Garvin and Deshaw Andrews, and Wally Wilmore, Kyron Schrouder and Daurice Simpson on receiver hand-offs. Or, Greenwood’s defense will just play York straight up, trusting its talented players to handle one-on-one assignments. York, shooting for its first 4A title game appearance, would probably prefer the latter tact.
South Pointe at A.C. Flora
Coaches: SP - Strait Herron, fourth year; ACF - Reggie Shaw, second year
Records: SP - 10-3; ACF - 12-1
Last week: South Pointe beat Belton-Honea Path 23-20 in overtime; A.C. Flora beat Emerald 58-21
Last meeting: Never played
Points scored/allowed: SP - 27.5/18.5; ACF - 37.8/13.3
Playoff seeding: South Pointe was the No. 1 seed from Region 3-3A; A.C. Flora was the No. 1 seed from Region 4-3A
TV/radio: WRHI-FM 94.3/AM 1340/WRHI.com/92.7 in-stadium
Players to watch: SP - Jr. QB Greg Ruff, Sr. RB Shawn McCullough, Soph. RB Voshon St. Hill, Sr. LB Ty Barber, Jr. DB Chris Smith (FBS interest, including Louisville); ACF - Sr. ATH Denzel Johnson (North-South selection, offers from Clemson, Louisville, Notre Dame, Towson and Liberty), Sr. DL Tyrell Goodwin (North-South selection), Jr. QB Brendan Greene, Sr. TE Lowndes Pope, Jr. RB Clarence Watson
Need to know: Emerald led A.C. Flora 14-13 after the first quarter, before the Falcons out-scored the visitors 37-0 in the second half. Reggie Shaw’s team has a 69-14 second half scoring advantage in the playoffs. South Pointe, which has forced 16 turnovers in its three playoff games, can’t rely solely on its defense to beat Flora. The Stallions need to move the ball and convert in the red zone, and then be ready for the hosts’ second half charge.