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Sumter enters 5A playoffs ranked fifth

BY DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 11/8/18

Sumter High School will go into the 5A state playoffs as the No. 5 team among 5A schools in the final S.C. Prep Media Football poll of the season.

The Gamecocks, who are 9-0 on the season, will be at home on Friday against 7-3 Spring Valley in …

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Sumter enters 5A playoffs ranked fifth

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Sumter High School will go into the 5A state playoffs as the No. 5 team among 5A schools in the final S.C. Prep Media Football poll of the season.

The Gamecocks, who are 9-0 on the season, will be at home on Friday against 7-3 Spring Valley in the first round of the playoffs. Should Sumter win the game, it will play host to the winner between 5-5 Westside and 8-2 Byrnes, the ninth-ranked team.

Sumter opened the season unranked, but has slowly worked its way up the poll. The Gamecocks are one of only three 5A teams, who went through the regular season undefeated. The other two are unanimous No. 1 Dutch Fork and No. 2 T.L. Hanna.

Gaffney and Dorman, both of which have one loss, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Sumter is the only local team that finished ranked or receiving votes in any of the five classifications. That doesn't mean, however, that local teams won't have contact with ranked teams in the playoffs.

Crestwood will travel to Kelleytown on Friday to take on Hartsville, the top-ranked team in the 4A poll. The Red Foxes are 9-0 on the season, while Crestwood is 2-8.

Hartsville received 12 of the 14 first-place votes. Second-place Greer got the other two. South Pointe is third, Belton-Honea Path fourth and Myrtle Beach fifth.

Manning, which is 7-3, will play host to Swansea in the first round of the 3A playoffs. Should the Monarchs win, they will likely play the top-ranked 3A team, Dillon, in the second round. Dillon is a unanimous No. 1 followed by undefeated Chapman, Chester, May River and twice-beaten Strom Thurmond.

Scott's Branch will be on the road against Hemingway in the first round of the 1A playoffs. The winner of that game will meet No. 7 Bethune-Bowman in the second round. Bethune-Bowman received a first-round bye.

Lamar is a unanimous No. 1 in 1A with the rest of the top five Wagener-Salley, Dixie, Lake View and Baptist Hill.

Abbeville finishes atop the 2A poll as a unanimous No. 1. Undefeated Barnwell and Carvers Bay hold the next two spots, while Southside Christian is No. 4 and Bamberg-Ehrhardt is No. 5.

S.C. PREP MEDIA FOOTBALL POLL

Final Poll

5A

1. Dutch Fork (14)

2. T.L. Hanna

3. Gaffney

4. Dorman

5. Sumter

6. Fort Dorchester

7. Summerville

8. Berkeley

9. Byrnes

10. River Bluff

Receiving votes: West Florence, Rock Hill.

4A

1. Hartsville (12)

2. Greer (2)

3. South Pointe

4. Belton-Honea Path

5. Myrtle Beach

6. Greenville

7. Daniel

8. North Augusta

9. AC Flora and Wren (tie)

10. North Myrtle Beach

Receiving votes: Eastside, Marlboro County.

3A

1. Dillon (14)

2. Chapman

3. Chester

4. May River

5. Strom Thurmond

6. Union County

7. Woodruff

8. Pendleton

9. Gilbert

10. Wade Hampton

Receiving votes: Aynor, Camden, Southside.

2A

1. Abbeville (14)

2. Barnwell

3. Carvers Bay

4. Southside Christian

5. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

6. Timberland

7. Ninety Six

8. Mullins

9. Landrum

10. Hannah-Pamplico

Receiving votes: Buford, Saluda.

1A

1. Lamar (14)

2. Wagener-Salley

3. Dixie

4. Lake View

5. Baptist Hill

6. Blackville-Hilda

7. Bethune-Bowman

8. Green Sea-Floyds

9. Ridge Spring-Monetta

10. St. John's

Receiving votes: C.E. Murray, Whitmire, Branchville.

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; Ian Guerin, MyHorryNews.com; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; David Roberts, Greenwood Index-Journal; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier.