South Pointe dropped to No. 5 in the S.C Prep Media 3A state rankings after losing to York last Friday.
The Stallions (2-1) dropped behind Hartsville, Wren and Daniel, while Myrtle Beach remained atop the 3A state poll. After thumping South Pointe, York stayed at No. 3 in the 4A poll behind Dutch Fork and Byrnes, which were tied at No. 1 after the Silver Foxes’ narrow loss to nationally ranked Texas school, Allen.
Despite beating Irmo for its first win of the season, Northwestern dropped out of the 4A poll but still received votes.
Great Falls, which won its third straight game to start the season, jumped back into the 1A poll at No. 8, ahead of Whitmire and Calhoun County and St. Joseph’s (tied for 10th).
S.C. Prep Media Poll -- Week 3
T1. Dutch Fork; T1. Byrnes; 3. York; 4. Summerville; 5. Boiling Springs; 6. North Augusta; 7. Fort Dorchester; 8. Dorman; 9. Goose Creek; 10. Spartanburg
Others receiving votes: Northwestern, Hillcrest, Sumter, South Florence, Fort Mill, Socastee, Westwood, Westside
1. Myrtle Beach; 2. Hartsville; 3. Wren; 4. Daniel 5. South Pointe; 6. A.C. Flora; 7. Greer; 8. Seneca; 9. Brookland-Cayce; 10. Orangeburg-Wilkinson;
Others receiving votes: Chapin, Darlington, Belton-Honea Path, Marlboro County, Emerald, Midland Valley, Broome, Georgetown
1. Dillon; 2. Strom Thurmond; 3. Timberland; 4. Newberry; 5. Loris; 6. Woodruff; 7. Batesburg-Leesville; 8. Fairfield Central; 9. Chesnee; 10. Keenan
Others receiving votes: Central, Chesterfield, Barnwell, Powderville, Ninety Six, Abbeville, Marion
1. Christ Church; 2. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 3. Allendale-Fairfax; 4. Lamar; 5. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 6. Hemingway; 7. Estill; 8. Great Falls; 9. Whitmire; T10. Calhoun County; T10. St. Joseph's
Others receiving votes: Lake View, Williston-Elko, Southside Christian, McBee, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Carvers Bay
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Andrew Macke, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Thomas Grant, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.
Tri-County awards from Week Two
Offensive Player of the Week: Dupree Hart, Northwestern- senior completed 18 of 24 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns in his first start at quarterback for the Trojans, while also rushing 23 times for 118 yards and two more scores in the win over Irmo.
Defensive player: Jordan Webster, York- linebacker made 13 tackles (one solo, six primary, six assists) in the Cougars’ win over South Pointe.
Offensive lineman: Civic Campbell, Rock Hill- big tackle graded out 94 percent with three knockdown blocks in the Bearcats’ win over Chester.
Defensive lineman: Luc Greene, York- senior made nine tackles, including three solos, deflected a pass and recorded a deflected pass and a tackle-for-loss in the Cougars’ win over South Pointe.
Special teams: Taylor Sheets, Fort Mill- junior blasted 8 of 10 kickoffs for touchbacks and hit all 10 of his point-after tries in the Yellow Jackets’ blowout of Greenville.
Offensive Player of the Week: Kolby Whitley, Andrew Jackson- quarterback threw for 261 yards and and two touchdown passes and also rushed for 46 yards in the Vols’ loss to McBee.
Defensive player: Chris Blakeney, Indian Land- junior linebacker made 11 solo and four assists for 15 total tackles, including one for a loss, in the Warriors’ loss to Blacksburg.
Offensive lineman: Jacob Williams, Indian Land- senior graded out at 74 percent.
Defensive lineman: Ty Miller, Lancaster- senior d-lineman had an 88 percent grade-out, three tackles for a loss and a sack in the Bruins’ win over Richland Northeast.
Special teams: Shea Rodgers, Indian Land- senior kicker punted three times for a 40-yard average, downing one inside the 10-yard line, and also hit a 50-yard field goal in the Warriors’ loss to Blacksburg.
Gaffney winless through first three games for first time in 38 years
Gaffney football is 0-3 for the first time since 1976 when Bobby Carlton was the Indians’ head coach.
The Indians narrowly lost their first two games, 29-28 to Union and 49-45 to Dorman, before getting whacked 49-14 last Friday by a very good Boiling Springs outfit.
The Indians only have one senior in their top-eight tacklers and start a sophomore at quarterback (Bryson Ward). Senior running back Jordan Shippy has been prolific running the ball, averaging 174 yards per game and over six yards per carry. There have been few other bright spots for Dan Jones’ team.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier either, with the Indians facing Spartanburg on Friday and Byrnes in the final non-region game; both of those contests are at The Reservation. Then Gaffney returns to Region 3-4A play, where there will be little sympathy for its struggles.
Odds and ends
• National high school football analyst Dallas Jackson considered last Friday’s South Pointe-York contest as a play-in game for his national top-100 high school football rankings. York won the game 48-7 and showed up in Jackson’s latest top-100 at No. 98.
• Great Falls has won its first three games by a combined 14 points. The Red Devils face Andrew Jackson on the road Friday looking to improve to 4-0. Any best start record for the Red Devils will come from the 2004 season when Kenneth Schofield’s team won its first 13 games before falling to Calhoun Falls in the 1A state playoffs.
• Nation Ford junior receiver Hank Tuipulotu is quite possibly leading the state in receptions after three weeks. Tuipulotu has 35 catches for 404 yards and seven touchdowns for the 1-2 Falcons. A quick look at the published stats online from daily newspapers around the state and the highest totals are still around 10 catches short of Tuipulotu.