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Gamecocks joined by Stallions in S.C. Prep Media Football Polls

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 9/25/19

Sumter High School has been a part of the 5A poll for the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll from the preseason. The Gamecocks have been alone in that role among local schools in the five SCHSL classifications.

Until Tuesday.

Sumter maintained the …

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Gamecocks joined by Stallions in S.C. Prep Media Football Polls

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Sumter High School has been a part of the 5A poll for the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll from the preseason. The Gamecocks have been alone in that role among local schools in the five SCHSL classifications.

Until Tuesday.

Sumter maintained the No. 7 spot it has held in each of what is now six editions of the polls. Lee Central moved into the 2A poll, in a tie for 10th with St. Joseph's.

In the SCISA ranks, Robert E. Lee Academy remained No. 1 in 2A, Laurence Manning Academy held on to third in 3A, and Clarendon is still second in the 8-man poll.

Lee Central moved into the rankings after going on the road to beat Central of Pageland 19-18 in its Region IV-2A opener. That was the fourth straight victory for the Stallions after opening the season with a 33-14 loss to Wade Hampton of Hampton, which is No. 6 in 3A.

The Stallions received votes in the preseason poll and in the first regular-season poll before falling out.

Another local 2A school, East Clarendon, received votes. The 3-1 Wolverines opened their Region VII schedule by going on the road and beating Andrews 34-21. ECHS received some votes earlier in the season as well.

Sumter improved to 4-0 with a 40-0 victory over Northwestern, but against was unable to make it any headway in the 5A poll. The first eight teams remain the same with Dutch Fork a unanimous No. 1 followed by Byrnes, Fort Dorchester, Gaffney, Dorman, T.L. Hanna, Sumter and River Bluff.

Clover and Carolina Forest moved into the final two spots, replacing Berkeley and West Florence.

In SCISA 2A, REL remained No. 1, picking up four first-place votes for the second straight week to one for No. 2 Trinity-Byrnes.

In the 8-man poll, there was some separation between No. 1 Andrew Jackson Academy and No. 2 Clarendon Hall. AJA picked up four No. 1 votes this week after getting just three the previous week.

LMA still finds itself behind unanimous No. 1 Hammond and second place First Baptist in 3A.

The only other unanimous No. 1 besides Dutch Fork in the SCHSL classes is Myrtle Beach in 4A.

Dillon strengthened its position atop the 3A poll, getting nine No. 1 votes to two for No. 2 Chapman.

Barnwell, which beat Wade Hampton 28-21 last week, picked up a first-place vote, ending Abbeville's run of being a unanimous No. 1.

Lamar is the new No. 1 in 1A, however, both it and No. 2 Wagener-Salley received five first-place votes. Defending state champion Green Sea-Floyds fell from the top to No. 3 and got the other No. 1 vote.

Thomas Heyward Academy was the unanimous No. 1 in SCISA 1A.

S.C. PREP MEDIA FOOTBALL POLLS

SCHSL

5A

  1. Dutch Fork (11)
  2. Byrnes
  3. Fort Dorchester
  4. Gaffney
  5. Dorman
  6. T.L. Hanna
  7. Sumter
  8. River Bluff
  9. Clover
  10. Carolina Forest

Others receiving votes: West Florence, White Knoll, Berkeley

 4A 

1.Myrtle Beach (11)

  1. Daniel 
  2. North Myrtle Beach
  3. South Pointe
  4. Wilson 
  5. Hartsville
  6. A.C. Flora
  7. Eastside
  8. Walhalla

10 Travelers Rest

Others receiving votes: Wren, Greenville, Greer

3A

1.Dillon (9)

  1. Chapman (2)
  2. Camden
  3. Chester
  4. May River
  5. Gilbert
  6. Wade Hampton
  7. Strom Thurmond
  8. Aynor
  9. Marion 

Others receiving votes: Cheraw, Newberry, Union County

2A
1. Abbeville (10)
2. Barnwell (1)
3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
4. Southside Christian
5. Saluda
6. Oceanside Collegiate
7. Timberland
8. Whale Branch
9. Andrew Jackson
10. (tie) Lee Central, St. Joseph’s
Others receiving votes: Gray Collegiate, Blacksburg, East Clarendon, Woodland

1A
1. Lamar (5)
2. Wagener-Salley (5)
3. Green Sea-Floyds (1)
4. Blackville-Hilda
5. Lake View
6. Branchville
7. C.E. Murray
8. Baptist Hill
9. Ridge Spring-Monetta
10. Denmark-Olar
Others receiving votes: Great Falls, Cross, Calhoun Falls Charter

SCISA

3A

  1. Hammond (5)
  2. First Baptist
  3. Laurence Manning
  4. Ben Lippen
  5. Heathwood Hall

Others receiving votes: Porter-Gaud

2A

  1. Robert E. Lee (4)
  2. Trinity-Byrnes (1)
  3. Orangeburg Prep
  4. Florence Christian
  5. Hilton Head Christian

Others receiving votes: Williamsburg

1A

  1. Thomas Heyward (5)
  2. Carolina Academy

T3. Pee Dee Academy

T3. Dillon Christian

T3. Bethesda Academy

Others receiving votes: Dorchester Academy

8-Man

  1. Andrew Jackson Academy (4)
  2. Clarendon Hall (1)
  3. Richard Winn Academy
  4. Palmetto Christian
  5. St. John’s Christian

Others receiving votes: Jefferson Davis Academy, Holly Hill Academy