High School Football

High school football notes: York Cougars remain No. 1

York remained on top of the 4A high school football state rankings, released Tuesday.

The Cougars scored with 20 seconds left to beat Rock Hill Friday night, but that narrow victory didn’t hurt Bobby Carroll’s Cougars (6-0, 1-0) in voters’ eyes. Northwestern dropped to No. 10 in the 4A poll; the Trojans (4-2, 1-0) host York Friday night.

Great Falls nudged ahead one spot in the 1A poll, the 5-0 Red Devils moving up to No. 7. They open region play Friday at home versus C.A. Johnson.

S.C. Prep Media Football Poll -- Week 6


1. York; 2. Dorman; 3. Byrnes; 4. Dutch Fork; 5. Goose Creek; 6. North Augusta; T7. Westwood; T7. Fort Dorchester; 9. Hillcrest; 10. Northwestern

Others receiving votes: Laurens, Spring Valley, South Florence, Socastee, James Island


1. Myrtle Beach; 2. Hartsville; 3. Wren; 4. Daniel; 5. A.C. Flora; 6. Greer; 7. Orangeburg-Wilkinson; 8. Broome; 9. Seneca; 10. Belton-Honea Path

Others receiving votes: Chapin, Darlington, Brookland-Cayce, South Pointe, Hilton Head Island, Midland Valley, Georgetown


1. Dillon; 2. Timberland; 3. Loris; 4. Woodruff; 5. Fairfield Central; 6. Chesnee; T7. Strom Thurmond; T7. Newberry; 9. Keenan; 10. Powdersville

Others receiving votes: Marion, Batesburg-Leesville, Central, Academic Magnet


1. Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 4. Hemingway; 5. Estill; 6. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 7. Great Falls; 8. Lamar; 9. Calhoun County; 10. Williston-Elko

Others receiving votes: McBee, Lake View

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.

Indian Land breaks Chesterfield hoodoo

Indian Land beat Chesterfield Friday night for the first time in six games. Those contests, dating back to 2006, were lopsided losses in which Michael Mayer’s Warriors were out-scored 288-3 by the Rams.

Indian Land (3-2, 1-1) broke that futility streak in dominant fashion Friday.

Trailing 7-3 with a couple of minutes left in the third quarter, the Warriors embarked on an 18-play, nine-and-a-half-minute drive that culminated in quarterback Dillon Mackey’s touchdown run with about three minutes to play. Indian Land only called one pass play on the possession, and Mackey ended up tucking the ball and running for a first down. Eighteen snaps, and 18 runs; it was consistent play-calling in a game where Indian Land ran the ball 57 times total.

Chesterfield got the ball back late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t score. The streak was over.

Shrine Bowl announcement Oct. 6

The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 to reveal the 88 players that will compete in this year’s high school football all-star game in Spartanburg.

The event will be streamed live at www.shrine-bowl.com. Shrine Bowl coaches Hal Capps (Mooresville High School, North Carolina) and Ben Freeman (Pelion High School, South Carolina) received more than 400 player nominations and will each pick 44 from their state to play in the 78th annual Shrine Bowl in December.

Tri-County Coaches’ awards from Week Five

4A schools

Offensive player of the week: Dupree Hart, Northwestern- senior quarterback ran the ball 20 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns during the Trojans’ win over Fort Mill, while also completing 10-of-12 passes for 96 yards and three more touchdowns.

Defensive player: D’Nylijah Williams, Rock Hill- senior linebacker had a big game in the Bearcats’ close loss to York Friday night, making 15 total tackles, including 10 solos, as well as an interception a fumble recovery, a tackle-for-loss and a pass break-up.

Offensive lineman: Demontra Buckson, Northwestern- junior graded out at 90 percent in the Trojans’ 35-28 win over Fort Mill.

Defensive lineman: Devionne Chalk, York- junior made 11 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and deflected a pass in the Cougars’ win over Rock Hill.

Special teams: Alan Taylerson, Northwestern- senior kicker hit five point-after tries and also had four touchbacks on kickoffs.

1A-3A schools

Offensive player of the week: Cody Montgomery, Lewisville- senior receiver made 10 catches for 165 yards in the Lions’ loss to Lancaster.

Defensive player: Dalton Allen, Andrew Jackson- made eight solo tackles and 12 total in the Vols’ loss to Pageland Central.

Offensive lineman: Meeko Barjona, Indian Land- junior lineman graded out at 75 percent with two pancake blocks during the Warriors’ win over Chesterfield.

Defensive lineman: Juanyae Richardson, Lancaster- senior d-lineman made five tackles, including three for a loss and a sack, during the Bruins’ win over Lewisville.

Special teams: Trevor Lathan, Lancaster- sophomore kicker made all eight point-after tries and kicked a touchback during the Bruins’ win over Lewisville.