The playoffs have arrived.
Check back here throughout the night to catch up on scores and, after the games, to read Friday night’s end-of-game recaps.
Here’s what we know.
Friday football scoreboard
Byrnes 48, Nation Ford 34
Byrnes had a strong first half in its 5A playoff opener versus Nation Ford, building a 48-21 lead. That turned out to be beneficial in more ways than one.
Losing quarterback Lawrence Scott late in the half with a hand injury, the Rebels held off a game Falcons team in the second half for a 48-34 win.
“It got a little bit too interesting in the second half,” Byrnes Coach Reggie Shaw said. “When Quintin Talley went down in the first half, it really took a lot out of us. This is such a tight-knit group, and those kids were balling their eyes out when he got hurt.“
Byrnes took a 7-0 lead on the opening possession of the contest, marching 66 yards on eight plays. Scott capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Braylin Johnson. The lead grew to 14-0 less than three minutes later on a 37-yard run by Rahjai Harris, but the momentum was short-lived. On the first playing of the ensuing possession, the Falcons cut the lead in half on an 80-yard pass from Gabe Huitt to Jerrick Foster.
Unfortunately for Nation Ford, the score gave Byrnes another opportunity to give Harris the ball. The senior responded with a 46-yard touchdown run for a 21-7 lead. Harris finished the quarter with 111 yards on just five carries. Following an interception by Javon Goodson, the Rebels pushed their lead to 28-7 on a 19-yard pass from Scott to Johnson.
Nation Ford refused to go away, however, and cut the lead to 28-14 on a 39-yard pass from Huitt to Nathan Mahaffey. One play after he was called for a personal foul for hurdling a player, NaNa Burris redeemed himself with a 75-yard touchdown reception to give Byrnes a 35-14 lead less than 10 minutes into the contest. Byrnes scored twice more in the second quarter, a four-yard run by Mike Jenkins and a 10-yard run by Scott, who didn’t return to the game after the score.
The Falcons finished the season with an overall mark of 6-5.
- By Joel Fitzpatrick
Belton-Honea Path 42, York 27
The Belton-Honea Path Bears took a 14-0 lead after one quarter and went on to defeat the York Cougars 42-27 in the first round of the 4A playoffs Friday night in Belton.
Jatius Geer got the first B-HP score on a 58-yard interception return, and R. J. Ellis scored on a seven-yard run to make it 14-0.
Colby Clayton cut the deficit to 14-7 with a six-yard run early in the second period. He passed to Khalil Ellis on an eight-yard play to make it 14-13 with 9:27 left in the second quarter.
The Bears answered when Ellis rambled 69 yards for a score to make it 21-13. Ellis scored again when he hauled in a pass from Logan Milford to complete a 50-yard play, and B-HP took a 28-13 lead at intermission.
Belton-Honea Path made it 35-13 midway through the third period when Joseph Sloan intercepted a Cougar pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
The Cougars added a pair of scores in the final period. Clayton passed to Aladrion Davis for both touchdowns. The first cut the deficit to 35-20 with 9:30 to play in the game. After Jeremiah Johnson scored on a three-yard run for the Bears to make it 42-20, Clayton and Davis hooked up again to make it 42-27 with 3:25 to go.
The Cougars finished the season with an overall mark of 4-7.
Daniel 38, Lancaster 6
Daniel defeated the Lancaster Bruins 38-6 in the opening round of the 4A playoffs Friday night at Daniel.
Lancaster finished the season with a record of 2-9.
Woodruff 49, Indian Land 7
Woodruff gave a complete effort in their 3A playoff opener against Indian Land on Friday. The offense staked the Wolverines to a sizeable lead in the first half while their defense closed it out in the second. In the end, Woodruff advanced at the expense of the Warriors by a score of 49-7.
After Indian Land received the opening kick, it took just two plays for Woodruff to seize momentum on Jailen Tribble’s first interception of the game. In another two plays B. J. Bailey put Woodruff on the board with a 12-yard touchdown run.
That four play span was a microcosm of the way the rest of the game played out. Excellent pass defense coupled with prolific offense for the Wolverines.
“It’s a huge deal anytime you can win a football game in the playoffs. I just felt like the first two quarters of the football game we played pretty well. We didn’t put our foot on the gas in the second half, but defensively we were able to keep them out of the endzone,” said Woodruff coach Bradley Adams.
Through the first half, the Wolverines outscored Indian Land 35-7.
After Bailey connected with Tyler West on a 45-yard touchdown pass, the Warriors were able to answer with their only score of the game. Blake Goode found Deaviaun Qwiy on a three-yard score.
Woodruff, though, responded in less than a minute on Demi Dale’s 34 yard touchdown run.
“They started fast. They forced turnovers. They had great field position. They capitalized on missed opportunities on our part,” Indian Land coach Horatio Blades said.
Where two first half interceptions led to touchdowns for the Wolverines’ offense in the first half, Woodruff’s defense finished the job themselves in the second half. On two straight Warriors drives, Woodruff picked off Goode for a pair of pick-sixes to eliminate any chance at a comeback.
First it was Tribble’s second interception of the game that was returned 52 yards for the score. Then, it was West’s 60-yard interception return for the final score of the game.
“After the third quarter when we first got the stop I knew it was going to be over. They kept throwing those hitches on me. I knew they were going to try and do it again so I just jumped it,” Tribble said of his touchdown return.
Dale joined Bailey and West with a multi-touchdown effort in the game. On the series following his first score in the second quarter, Dale finished a six-play drive with a 14-yard touchdown run. Capping a 21-0 run to finish the first half, Bailey threw his second touchdown pass, a 12-yarder to Jonathan Sexton.
Indian Land finished the season with a record of 5-7.
By Richard Brockman
Abbeville 85, Lewisville 22
Abbeville scored in every quarter and routed the Lewisville Lions 85-22 in the opening round of the 2A playoffs Friday night in Abbeville.
Abbeville led 56-0 at half as they cruised to the opening round victory.
Lewisville finished the season with an overall record of 4-7.
Ridge Spring-Monetta 47, Great Falls 0
Ridge Spring-Monetta built a 25-0 lead at halftime and blasted the Great Falls Red Devils 47-0 in the first round of the 1A playoffs Friday night in Monetta.
Great Falls finished the season with a record of 5-5.
Gaffney 27, Rock Hill 6
Clover 49, Boiling Springs 14
Greer 21, South Pointe 14
Newberry 14, Chester 7