Last Friday was a tough night for the state’s undefeated teams with only 10 of the 14 that had perfect records entering the night emerging still unscathed.
Spring Valley went down to Dutch Fork, Barnwell was blanked by Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Southside Christian fell to Abbeville. The previous night, Thursday, Chapman dropped region rival Newberry in a battle of two unbeatens.
Here’s the teams that are left in the perfect column headed into the final week of the 2017 regular season:
S.C. Prep Media Football Poll
Conway’s win over Sumter last Friday bumped the Tigers up into the top-five.
1. Fort Dorchester (13)
2. T.L. Hanna
3. Dutch Fork
5. Spring Valley
Receiving votes: Greenwood, Spartanburg, Gaffney
South Pointe holds steady at No. 1 in 4A, a ranking that will be challenged this week by No. 8 York.
1. South Pointe (13)
2. North Myrtle Beach
4. North Augusta
5. Belton-Honea Path
9. South Aiken
Receiving votes: Cane Bay, Eastside
Chester’s loss to Fairfield Central didn’t hurt the Cyclones too much; Victor Floyd’s team fell to No. 8.
1. Chapman (12)
2. Dillon (1)
6. Fairfield Central
Receiving votes: Walhalla, Emerald, Seneca, Bishop England, Aynor, Bluffton
Bamberg-Ehrhardt has things rolling as the playoffs loom, further evidenced by last week’s win over previously unbeaten Barnwell.
1. Abbeville (12)
2. Carvers Bay (1)
4. Lee Central
9. Southside Christian
Receiving votes: Latta
Lewisville dropped again following its loss to Timmonsville, which sneaks into the top-10 for the first time this season.
1. Lamar (13)
3. Lake View
4. Williston-Elko and C.E. Murray (tie)
6. Baptist Hill
9. Ridge Spring-Monetta
Receiving votes: Cross, Scott’s Branch, Dixie, McCormick, Hannah-Pamplico
Voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Bret McCormick, The Herald; Lou Bezjak, The State; Joe Hughes, The Sun News; Travis Jenkins, Chester News Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Eric Russell, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Justin Jarrett, Lowcountry Sports; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; David Roberts, Greenwood Index-Journal; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Lake Morris, Anderson Independent Mail.