It’s the final week of the season for Region 3-3A teams, though the 3A classification has added an extra week in support of schools that were hit by extensive flooding in early October. The 3A classification is the one easy division to predict in the South Carolina high school football playoffs landscape, because it’s the only division that isn’t split in half.
Region 3 is matched up with Region 1 in the first round. Region 1 is pretty well set as far as the four teams that will make the postseason; Seneca, Belton-Honea Path, Wren and Daniel have clinched playoff berths. Seneca and Belton-Honea Path have locked up the No. 1 and 2 seeds, with no chance of movement, while the same is nearly true for Wren and Daniel in the No. 3 and 4 spots, though a Wren loss and a Daniel win would see the Lions jump Wren into third.
Region 3 is much more up in the air.
South Pointe has the region title nailed down after winning its 24th straight game in the 3A classification, while Lancaster’s comeback win over Union County sewed up the No. 2 spot and a chance at that program’s first nine-win season since a 10-win 2008 campaign. That would set up first round pairings of Daniel at South Pointe and Wren at Lancaster, provided the two Region 1 teams stay in the same order after Friday.
Union County has the inside track on the No. 3 seed from Region 3, but travels to Chester to face a Cyclones team that needs to win to get into the postseason. Chester, Clinton and Broome are all tied with 1-3 records in the region. A win for one of those three would simplify the permutations greatly; if two of the three win, it will get a little more complicated, though not as much as if all three 1-3 teams were victorious on Friday night. Chester is essentially out with a loss.
Whichever of the three comes through Friday still alive will face Seneca on the road in the first round in two weeks.
Taylor Sheets picked for Semper Fidelis Bowl
Fort Mill coach Ed Susi said senior kicker/punter Taylor Sheets will be presented with a jersey to compete in the Semper Fidelis Bowl on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.
Sheets, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, will fly out to California and practice from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 at Fullerton College. The all-star game is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and pits some of the country’s top high school players against each other - rosters for the 2016 game can be found here. The game will be played Jan. 3 at 9:30 p.m. at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will air on live TV on Fox Sports 1.
Quick recruiting update
This is becoming a weekly thing, given the regularity that area prospects are reeling in big-time scholarship offers. South Pointe sophomore Derion Kendrick added his fourth SEC offer over the weekend, Georgia the latest to join the list that already included Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee (as well as Clemson and North Carolina).
Northwestern’s Logan Rudolph also picked up another scholarship offer, adding Vanderbilt to his ever-growing list.
And another local product garnering steadily increasing interest is former Chester offensive lineman Dakeavis Wilmore, now a sophomore offensive guard for Nassau Community College, on Long Island. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound jumbo mauler recently pulled offers from Akron and Florida A&M, to go with earlier ones from Illinois, Oklahoma State, Memphis and Northwestern.
North-South rosters released Wednesday
Rosters for the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl all-star game, commonly known as the North-South game, will be released Wednesday.
They were supposed to publicized Monday but were pushed back two days while coaches continued to pick alternates in the likely event that some players won’t be able to play in the all-star game because of conflicts with state championship games. The South Carolina high school football season was nudged back a week to ease strain on schools hit by disastrous flooding, but that bumped the state title games back to the same Saturday as the North-South game in Myrtle Beach.
Tri-County awards from Week 9
Offensive player of the week: Cole Martin, Nation Ford- senior QB had another big game in the Falcons’ loss to Northwestern, completing 33-of-60 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception.
Co-defensive players: Jacorius Logan, York, and Ben Tuipulotu, Nation Ford- Logan had 11 tackles with two pass break-ups, a sack and a tackle-for-loss, while Tuipulotu produced 12 tackles, two pass break-ups, an interception and a forced fumble.
Offensive lineman: Caleb Clayton, York- senior graded 93 percent with three knockdown blocks and a noted extra effort play during the Cougars’ win over Fort Mill.
Co-defensive linemen: Joe Gill, York, and Charlie Newton, Nation Ford- another case of very similar stats. Gill made eight tackles with 1.5 sacks and a tackle-for-loss during the Cougars win against Fort Mill, while Newton bagged eight tackles with two sacks and two tackles-for-loss against Northwestern.
Special teams: Jamar Griffin, York- senior returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown last Friday against Fort Mill.
1A, 2A, 3A schools
Offensive player of the week: Trey Keels, Lewisville- junior completed his first 11 passes during the Lions’ win over C.A. Johnson, en route to 19-of-25 passing for 268 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive player: Logan Teeter, Indian Land- senior made nine total tackles with six solo efforts, three for a loss, and a pair of pass break-ups during the Warriors’ win against Buford.
Co-offensive linemen: DeAllen Boulware, Lewisville, Kace Faulkner, Indian Land, and Charlie Ellis, Lancaster- seems like the Tri-County coaches were indecisive on Tuesday, but one final instance of pretty similar stats appeared in this category. Boulware graded 88 percent with three knockdowns against C.A. Johnson, Faulkner graded 89 percent with two knockdowns in the win over Buford, and Ellis was 89 percent with three knockdowns against Union County.
Defensive lineman: Markees Watts, Lancaster- sophomore made big plays Friday night against Union County, making seven tackles, with three sacks, three tackles-for-loss, one pass knockdown and a forced fumble that was picked up and returned for a touchdown late in the Bruins’ 16-point comeback win.
Special teams: Dillon Howie, Indian Land- Howie made nine total tackles against Buford, with five of those coming on special teams plays.
State rankings headed into Week 10
Northwestern remains on top of South Carolina 4A football for a second straight week following the Trojans’ win over a game Nation Ford squad last Friday. Northwestern closes the regular season with Rock Hill Friday, then Gaffney in the finale.
South Pointe also sat tight, staying at No. 2 in 3A behind Hartsville, which hasn’t lost this season. Lancaster’s win over Union County helped the Bruins remain in the top-10 at No. 8.
1. Northwestern; 2. Byrnes; 3. Spartanburg; 4. Fort Dorchester; 5. Westside; 6. Lexington; 7. Dorman; 8. Ashley Ridge; 9. Conway; 10. Hillcrest
Others receiving votes: Westwood, York, Gaffney, Dutch Fork
1. Hartsville; 2. South Pointe; 3. Greer; 4. Seneca; 5. Chapin; 6. Belton-Honea Path; 7. Hilton Head Island; 8. Lancaster; 9. Myrtle Beach; 10. Airport
Others receiving votes: Marlboro County, Hanahan, Union County, Midland Valley, Southside
1. Dillon; 2. Abbeville; 3. Strom Thurmond; 4. Fairfield Central; 5. Newberry; 6. Batesburg-Leesville; 7. Woodruff; 8. Timberland; 9. Lake Marion; 10. Saluda
Others receiving votes: Pendleton, Chesterfield, Central, Andrews
1. McBee; 2. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 3. Calhoun County; 4. Allendale-Fairfax; 5. Southside Christian; 6. Lake View; 7. Christ Church; 8. Cross; 9; Lamar; 10. Williston-Elko
Others receiving votes: C.E. Murray
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; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, The State; Lake Morris, Anderson Independent Mail; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill); Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News and Eric Russell, Aiken Standard.