High School Football

High school football notebook: York drops in polls

York dropped to No. 6 from No. 1 in the S.C. Prep Media 4A state rankings after losing to Northwestern on Thursday.

Dorman is the new top-ranked team in 4A; Byrnes, Dutch Fork, North Augusta and Goose Creek round out the top-five.

York’s stay at No. 1 lasted two weeks, the first time the school has ever reached the apex of 4A football. With the win, Northwestern moved up two spots to No. 8. The Trojans have now won five straight games.

Great Falls survived a scare Friday, beating C.A. Johnson in overtime, but the Red Devils remained undefeated and in this week’s 1A state rankings in a tie for No. 7. Kenneth Schofield’s team is one of three from Region 3-A in the state rankings, along with McBee (No. 10) and Lamar (No. 6).

South Pointe (3-3, 1-0) and Lancaster (5-1, 1-0) are both receiving votes in the 3A state rankings. Those two meet in a new-look Region 3-3A on Oct. 17 at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

S.C. Prep Media Football Poll -- Week 7


1. Dorman; 2. Byrnes; 3. Dutch Fork; 4. North Augusta; 5. Goose Creek; 6. York; 7. Westwood; 8. Northwestern; 9. Fort Dorchester; 10. South Florence

Others receiving votes: Laurens, Hillcrest, Socastee, Westside


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

Others receiving votes: South Pointe, Lancaster, Chapin, Midland Valley, Lake City, Georgetown


1. Dillon; 2. Loris; 3. Timberland; 4. Woodruff; 5. Fairfield Central; 6. Chesnee; 7. Newberry; 8. Powdersville; 9. Central; 10. Batesburg-Leesville

Others receiving votes: Keenan, Lake Marion, Mid-Carolina, Academic Magnet, Ninety Six, Strom Thurmond


1.Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 4. Hemingway; 5. Estill; 6. Lamar; T7. Great Falls; T7. Calhoun County; 9. Williston-Elko; 10. McBee

Others receiving votes: Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, 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 and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.

Tri-County Players of the Week following Week Six football

4A schools

Offensive Player of the Week: Dupree Hart, Northwestern – senior quarterback ran the ball 24 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 17-of-25 passes for 340 yards and three more touchdowns during Thursday’s win over York. It was Hart’s third straight game with at least four total touchdowns.

Defensive player: Trae’von Hinton, Northwestern – junior linebacker made 16 total tackles (nine assists, seven primary, two solos), two tackles-for-loss and a deflected pass during the Trojans’ win over York.

Offensive lineman: Alan Brown, Northwestern – junior graded out at 90 percent with two pancake blocks during Northwestern’s win last Thursday.

Defensive lineman: Aaron Patterson, Fort Mill – defensive lineman made 17 total tackles (three solos, 14 assists) during the Yellow Jackets’ win over Clover.

Special teams: Alan Taylerson, Northwestern – senior kicker hit five point-after tries, and kicked four touchbacks and a 23-yard field goal during Northwestern’s win over York.

1A-3A schools

Offensive Player of the Week: Trey Keels, Lewisville – sophomore completed 26-of-49 passes for 279 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during the Lions’ loss to McBee.

Defensive player: Lee Massey, Indian Land – made 14 tackles, including 10 solos, in the Warriors’ loss to Pageland Central.

Offensive lineman: Dakota Brigman, Indian Land – junior lineman graded out at 84 percent with two pancakes.

Defensive lineman: Jene Thompson, Lewisville – sophomore made seven total tackles (five primary, two assists), and three tackles-for-loss in the Lions’ loss to McBee.

Special teams: Will Jackson, Lancaster – senior defensive back returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown during the Bruins’ win over Chester.


• Northwestern football statistician and softball coach Bryan Smith pointed out Friday morning that the Trojans have already had 10 different receivers catch touchdown passes this season. Last year en route to a state championship, Northwestern had seven players catch scoring passes, with two players – Dupree Hart and Quadarius Fair – combining for 54 of the team’s 66 scoring catches.

Kirk Clayton has the most so far this year with four, Julian Shockley has three, Hart and Jerry Howard have two, and Davion Blake, Logan Rudolph, Grant Kirk, D.J. Williams, Cory McCoy and Brandon Ashley all have caught one each. The good thing – no, great thing – for Northwestern is that out of that group, only Hart is a senior. And he’s not even playing receiver now.

• This got lost in the shuffle a bit from Friday night, but Lancaster’s defense was downright stingy during a 27-0 shutout of Chester. The Bruins held the Cyclones to 72 total yards of offense, including just 24 passing yards on nine completions. Chester ran the ball 27 times for only 48 yards, while Bruins senior defensive back Will Jackson took an interception back 28 yards for a touchdown.

The Bruins are off to a 5-1 start, their best since 2009, and the team’s defense has been the backbone of that success in Bobby Collins’ maiden season in charge of the program. In six games, Marcus Surratt’s Bruins defense has allowed 100-plus rushing yards just once, and 100-plus passing yards just three times. They’re holding opponents to 6.8 points per contest.

• Clover is 1-5, but the Blue Eagles’ record might be deceiving. Chad Smith’s team has lost games by eight, two, five, and seven points this season; the Blue Eagles’ win was a seven-point victory over Blythewood.

The Blue Eagles’ 17-15 loss to No. 7 Westwood is the undefeated and state-ranked Red Hawks’ only win by less than three touchdowns.

The schedule has no pity on Chad Smith’s bunch in the coming weeks; the Blue Eagles make back-to-back trips to District Three Stadium to face Rock Hill and Northwestern, then host Clover and Nation Ford at home before the season finale at rival York.