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.
Sumter maintained the …
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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
Others receiving votes: West Florence, White Knoll, Berkeley
1.Myrtle Beach (11)
10 Travelers Rest
Others receiving votes: Wren, Greenville, Greer
Others receiving votes: Cheraw, Newberry, Union County
2A1. Abbeville (10)2. Barnwell (1)3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt4. Southside Christian5. Saluda6. Oceanside Collegiate7. Timberland8. Whale Branch9. Andrew Jackson10. (tie) Lee Central, St. Joseph’sOthers receiving votes: Gray Collegiate, Blacksburg, East Clarendon, Woodland1A1. Lamar (5)2. Wagener-Salley (5)3. Green Sea-Floyds (1)4. Blackville-Hilda5. Lake View6. Branchville7. C.E. Murray8. Baptist Hill9. Ridge Spring-Monetta10. Denmark-OlarOthers receiving votes: Great Falls, Cross, Calhoun Falls Charter
Others receiving votes: Porter-Gaud
Others receiving votes: Williamsburg
T3. Pee Dee Academy
T3. Dillon Christian
T3. Bethesda Academy
Others receiving votes: Dorchester Academy
Others receiving votes: Jefferson Davis Academy, Holly Hill Academy
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