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Big games for Doty, Pickens. Up next: State title games at Williams-Brice

Highlights: South Carolina QB commit Luke Doty

Myrtle Beach High quarterback Luke Doty is committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks for the 2020 recruiting class.
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Myrtle Beach High quarterback Luke Doty is committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks for the 2020 recruiting class.

South Carolina football fans will soon enough see four-star quarterback Luke Doty and five-star lineman Zacch Pickens on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium.

In fact, they’ll see the pair there next week.

Doty and Pickens led their respective teams, Myrtle Beach and TL Hanna, to the Class 4A and 5A state title games with monster efforts on Friday night. Doty and his Seahawks pulled a 52-31 upset of Hartsville, while Pickens and the Yellow Jackets crushed Byrnes 57-28.

The Red Foxes had knocked off Doty’s squad 70-34 earlier this season, and he made sure it didn’t happen again. He threw for 257 yards and ran for 216 with seven total touchdowns.

Doty threw for touchdowns of 15, 5, 20, 32 and 47 yards. He ran for scores of 7 and 41 yards.

Pickens’ game wasn’t much in doubt, not that many of Hanna’s have been. Working at fullback, he ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns, bringing his season total to 22. It was his second straight 100-yard game.

On defense, Pickens had four tackles, two for loss and a sack against the Rebels.

Doty’s Seahawks will play at noon., while Pickens’ game will be at 6:30 on Dec. 8.

State Championship Schedule

Dec. 7

At Benedict College

Class A

Green Sea Floyds vs. Lamar, 5 p.m.

Class 2A

Abbeville vs. Barnwell, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 8

At Williams-Brice Stadium

Class 4A

Myrtle Beach vs. Greer, noon

Class 3A

Dillon vs. Chester, 3:30 p.m.

Class 5A

Dutch Fork vs. TL Hanna, 6:30 p.m.

South Carolina football commitment Zacch Picken and the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets take on Emerald in the 2018 season opener.

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