Victory over Chesterfield helps LCHS climb back up in 2A poll


A 1-point loss to an undefeated football team dropped Lee Central High School from No. 5 to No. 8 in the 2A rankings of the S.C. Media Prep Football Poll.

A 20-point victory over another undefeated team sent the Stallions moving up the poll again.

LC, which handed Chesterfield its first loss with a 41-21 victory, moved up to No. 6 in the polls released on Tuesday.

Sumter, which had a bye week in preparation for its Region VI-5A opener on Friday, moved up two spots from No. 9 to seventh in 5A, while Manning held steady at No. 6 in the 3A poll.

Lee Central suffered its first loss, falling to Buford 28-27 in a game whose date was moved twice and its site once. It was originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, before being moved to the next day because LC missed two days of school because of the threat of Hurricane Irma.

It was moved from Sept. 16 to Monday, Sept. 18, when game officials determined Stallion Field in Bishopville wasn't safe to play on because of multiple fire ant beds. It was played at the BHS field in Lancaster.

"We didn't really have much time to prepare (for Chesterfield)," said Lee Central head coach Justin Danner. "We watched film on Tuesday, practiced in pads on Wednesday and did a walkthrough on Thursday. We came out and played well."

Lee Central is one of four teams in Region IV in the poll. Chesterfield dropped just one spot to No. 7. Cheraw stayed in a tie for third with Carvers Bay with a 62-0 plastering of Buford. Interestingly, Buford stayed at No. 9 despite the lopsided defeat.

Sumter, which plays at South Florence on Friday, moved up two spots despite being idle because Greenwood and Conway both lost on Friday.

Conway, which is one of the Gamecocks' region foes, fell from No. 5 to No. 8. Greenwood fell from No.7 into a tie for 10th with Summerville.

Manning remained undefeated, improving to 6-0 with a 28-27 victory over May River. The Monarchs open their Region VII schedule on Friday against Hanahan.

Hartsville, a Region VI-4A foe of Crestwood and Lakewood, remains at No. 3.

Manning's Region VII foe, Timberland, remained at No. 8 in the 2A poll after suffering its second straight loss.

Scott's Branch has two of its Region V foes - C.E. Murray and Bethune Bowman - ranked in the 1A poll. C.E. Murray dropped from No. 6 to Nol. 8, while Bethune-Bowman moved into the poll at No. 10. It replaced another Region V school in Cross.

Two of East Clarendon's Region VI opponents - Hemingway and Lake View - are also in the 1A poll. Hemingway remains second while Lake View stayed at No. 4.

All five of the No. 1 teams remained the same. Fort Dorchester in 5A, South Pointe in 4A and Abbeville in 2A all were unanimous picks. Chapman in 3A got 12 of the 13 first-place votes while Lamar got 12 of the 13 top votes in the 1A poll.