Moving on up

Lee Central ranked 4th in latest 2A poll; SHS falls to No.8; MHS, Branch drop out


Lee Central High School went into the 2A football state playoffs last season as the No. 4 team from Region IV. The Stallions are more than likely entering this year's playoffs as the No. 4 team in 2A.

LC moved up a spot to fourth in the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday, and with its regular season completed, the odds are it will remain there when the playoffs begin on Nov. 3.

Lee Central was the only local team not to take a hit in their respective polls. Sumter dropped from No. 6 to eighth in the 5A poll after a 14-13 loss to Conway, while Manning fell out of the 3A poll and Scott's Branch out of the 1A poll after losing as well.

Lee Central won the first region title in school history with a 26-14 victory over Andrew Jackson High on Friday. That left the Stallions at 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the region, winning its final five region contests after losing the opener to Buford 28-27.

LC's bye week is this week, so unless someone jumps it in next week's poll, Lee Central will be at No. 4 entering its first-round home game.

The team the Stallions bypassed in this week's poll is Barnwell, which fell from No. 2 to No. 5. It lost 21-0 to Bamberg-Ehrhardt, which moved up to third from No. 4.

Two of Lee Central's region foes are in the top 10 as well. Cheraw is No. 6 and Chesterfield reentered at No. 10.

Sumter came up short in the battle for the Region VI-5A title with the 1-point loss to Conway. While the Gamecocks dropped two spots, Conway from seventh to No. 4, jumping over Sumter, Spring Valley and Byrnes, all of which lost.

Manning dropped out of the 3A poll after suffering its third straight loss, falling to Bishop England 45-36. The Monarchs were tied for 10th last week with Pendleton, which is No. 10 by itself.

Manning's Region VII foe Timberland moved up from No. 6 to No.5.

Scott's Branch was tied for ninth with Ridge Spring-Monetta last week, but a 42-6 loss to Cross knocked the Eagles out of the poll.

The 5-4 Eagles can still grab a share of the Region V title with a victory over C.E. Murray on Friday. CEM is tied for fourth with Williston-Elko.

Hartsville, a Region VI-4A foe of both Lakewood and Crestwood, held steady at No. 3 in the 4A poll.

The No. 1 teams remained the same with three of them - Fort Dorchester in 5A, South Pointe in 4A and Lamar in 1A - all unanimous choices.

Chapman in 3A and Abbeville in 2A missed out on be unanimous choices by one vote.