SHS moves up a spot to No. 7 in S.C. Prep Media poll, Stallions steady


Sumter High School moved up a spot and Lee Central held steady in their respective classifications in the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday.

This will be the final poll released until the completion of the South Carolina High School League state playoffs.

The Gamecocks moved up from No.8 to seventh in the 5A poll, while Lee Central stayed at No. 4 in the 2A poll.

Sumter, which improved to 8-2 on the season with a 48-21 victory over Socastee, switched spots with Summerville. The Green Wave lost to Fort Dorchester last week.

Sumter will play host to White Knoll on Friday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Lee Central was off last week, finishing the regular season with a 9-1 record as well as the Region IV title. Abbeville, Carvers Bay and Bamberg-Ehrhardt remained ahead of the Stallions.

LC will be at home against Keenan on Friday in its playoff opener.

The only other local school to receive votes was Manning in the 3A poll. The Monarchs, who are 7-3 will travel to Hampton to take on Wade Hampton in the first round of the 3A playoffs.

East Clarendon will take on a ranked team in the 1A state playoffs. The Wolverines will play at No. 10 Cross on Friday.

Sumter's Region VI-5A foe, Conway, held steady at No. 4. Hartsville, a Region VI-4A foe of both Crestwood and Lakewood, stayed at No. 3 and Manning's Region VII-3A foe Timberland stayed at No. 5.

Chesterfield and Cheraw, both Region IV-2A foes of Lee Central, are No. 8 and No. 10, respectively, Chesterfield moved up two spots after beating Cheraw. The Braves dropped four spots.

C.E. Murray is in fourth alone in the 1A poll after beating Scott's Branch 15-8. CEM was tied for fourth last week. Another Scott's Branch Region V foe, Cross, moved back into the poll this week.

Two of East Clarendon's Region VI foes, Hemingway and Lake View, are ranked second and fifth, respectively.

The No. 1 teams in the five classifications remained the same - Fort Dorchester in 5A, South Pointe in 4A, Chapman in 3A, Abbeville in 2A and Lamar in 1A.

Fort Dorchester, South Point, Abbeville and Lamar were all unanimous picks. Chapman received all but one of the first-place votes.