With revised playoff requirements in the 2A classification, Indian Land wouldn’t make the playoffs as a 2-8 team like it did last year. Only the top four teams from Region 4-2A will reach the postseason this year, making the Warriors’ 10-7 win over Chesterfield several weeks ago crucial.
Michael Mayer’s team (3-4, 1-2) went 1-2 against the Chesterfield County schools that annually dominate the region – Pageland Central, Cheraw and Chesterfield. The Warriors face North Central at home Friday, before concluding the regular season on the road at Buford and Andrew Jackson. The latter two are a combined 1-13 and Indian Land should be able to pick up wins in those two games.
That leaves this week’s game against North Central (4-3, 2-1) as a possible decider for the fourth playoff spot in the region. Chesterfield beat North Central 62-20 two weeks ago, meaning an Indian Land victory over North Central this week gives the Warriors a real leg up in not only qualifying for the postseason, but also possibly finishing with a winning record and a decent seed in the Upper State postseason bracket.
Aaron Miller player of the week
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Former Clover quarterback Aaron Miller became the second football player at The Citadel from York County to win a Southern Conference weekly award in a row. Miller claimed the league’s offensive player of the week award after rushing for 197 yards and a touchdown and completing 13-of-22 passes for 136 yards and two more touchdowns during The Citadel’s 63-56 overtime win against Charlotte. Rock Hill’s Mitchell Jeter won the SoCon’s defensive player of the week award last week.
Mr. Football finalists to be announced Thursday
Finalists for this year’s Mr. Football award will be named Thursday at 6:10 p.m. on the South Carolina Radio Network’s nightly program SportsTalk. Locally, the program can be heard on 107.1 FM or online at sportstalksc.com.
The Mr. Football award will be given out at halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, also known as the North-South game. Rosters for the 2014 all-star game – set for Dec. 12 at noon in Myrtle Beach – will be released at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27.
Lancaster, South Pointe enter rankings ahead of big matchup
Lancaster and South Pointe moved into the 3A state rankings ahead of their crunch Region 3-3A meeting Friday.
Lancaster is No. 9 in this week’s poll, released Tuesday night, while South Pointe returns to the rankings at No. 10, after starting the season at No. 2 but dropping out during a three-game losing streak.
York and Northwestern remain in the top-10 in 4A. Spartanburg’s win over Dorman dropped the Cavaliers out of the No. 1 spot in the state’s 4A rankings, allowing Byrnes to move into the top position.
And Great Falls is holding steady at No. 7 ahead of its two biggest games of the season. The Red Devils host No. 8 McBee on Friday before hitting the road to face No. 6 Lamar next week. Fair to say that probably one of those Region 3-A teams won’t be in the state’s top-10 two weeks from now.
S.C. Prep Football Media Poll -- Week 8
1. Byrnes; 2. North Augusta; 3. Dutch Fork; 4. Goose Creek; 5. Dorman; 6. York; 7. Westwood; 8. Northwestern; 9. Fort Dorchester; 10. South Florence
Others receiving votes: Laurens, Hillcrest, Westside
1. Myrtle Beach; 2. Hartsville; 3. Wren; 4. Greer; 5. A.C. Flora; 6. Daniel; T7. Broome; T7. Seneca; 9. Lancaster; 10. South Pointe
Others receiving votes: Belton-Honea Path, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Hanahan, Dreher, Emerald, Chapin
1. Dillon; 2. Loris; 3. Timberland; 4. Woodruff; 5. Fairfield Central; 6. Chesnee; 7. Batesburg-Leesville; 8. Keenan; 9. Newberry; 10. Lake Marion
Others receiving votes: Abbeville, Strom Thurmond, Mid-Carolina, Powdersville, Barnwell, Academic Magnet, Pelion
1. Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Hemingway; 4. Estill; 5. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 6. Lamar; 7. Great Falls; 8. McBee; 9. Williston-Elko; 10. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler
Others receiving votes: Calhoun County, 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
Offensive Player of the Week: Malik Long, Fort Mill – senior running back ran the ball 18 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per touch with a long run of 80, during the Yellow Jackets’ 67-38 win over Nation Ford.
Defensive player: Zach Thrift, York – senior made 12 tackles, including one for a loss, broke up a pass in the Cougars’ win over Gaffney.
Offensive lineman: Barrett Courtwright, Clover – senior graded 92 percent with four knockdown blocks and a pancake in the Blue Eagles’ win over Rock Hill.
Defensive lineman: Luc Greene, York – senior had a monster game for the Cougars, making 14 tackles, with four for a loss, picking off two passes and a recovering a fumble.
Special teams: Daurice Simpson, York – senior returned a punt 69 yards for the Cougars during their win over Gaffney.
Offensive Player of the Week: Dillon Mackey, Indian Land – junior quarterback completed 13-of-19 passes for 141 yards in the Warriors’ loss to Mid-Carolina.
Defensive player: Dalton Allen, Andrew Jackson – made 10 total tackles (seven solo), one tackle-for-loss and two sacks.
Offensive lineman: Myles Lathan, Lancaster – senior offensive lineman graded out 94 percent with four pancake blocks in the Bruins’ win over Clinton.
Defensive lineman: Dalton Haven, Andrew Jackson – made six tackles, four solo, three tackles-for-loss, one sack and a forced fumble in the Vols’ loss to North Central.
Special teams: Shea Rodgers, Indian Land – senior kicker hit both point-after tries and a 44-yard field goal during the Warriors’ loss to Mid-Carolina. Rodgers also put all five of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, and punted four times for a 40-yard average with two downed inside the 10.