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Gamecocks move into fifth in 5A rankings

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 12/31/69

After holding steady at No. 7 in 5A starting with the preseason poll, the Sumter High School finally made a move – up – in the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll.

The Gamecocks moved past …

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Gamecocks move into fifth in 5A rankings

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After holding steady at No. 7 in 5A starting with the preseason poll, the Sumter High School finally made a move – up – in the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll.

The Gamecocks moved past T.L. Hanna and Gaffney into fifth place in the latest poll released on Tuesday.

In the SCISA ranks, Laurence Manning Academy jumped from third to second in the 3A poll.

SHS improved to 5-0 on the season with a 70-21 victory over Bluffton last Friday. Sumter was expected to jump over Gaffney, which fell from fourth to seventh after suffering its second loss, falling to No. 2 Byrnes, 57-30.

The Gamecocks also vaulted pass undefeated T.L. Hanna, which has been ranked sixth since the preseason poll. The fact SHS has outscored its opponents 262-44 likely had something to do with the move into the top five.

Dutch Fork remained a unanimous No. 1, while Byrnes and Fort Dorchester held steady at the next two spots. Dorman moved up to fourth and is followed by Sumter, which opens Region IV play on Friday at home against Lugoff-Elgin.

The rest of the top 10 behind Hanna and Gaffney is River Bluff, Clover and Carolina Forest.

LMA moved into second in the SCISA 3A poll after it defeated Ben Lippen 26-6 and former No. 2 First Baptist was hammered by unanimous No. 1 Hammond 55-7.

The Swampcats, who are undefeated at 5-0, travel to Charleston on Friday to meet First Baptist, which is now No. 3.

Robert E. Lee Academy remains on top of the SCISA 2A poll, receiving five of the six first-place votes. Second place Trinity-Byrnes got the other No. 1 vote.

Clarendon is still second in the 8-man poll, picking up one first-place vote, while No. 1 Andrew Jackson Academy got the other five.

Lee Central fell out of the 2A poll following a loss to Chesterfield last week. The Stallions were in the poll for one week, tied for 10th with St. Joseph’s.

LC did pick up votes this week, while East Clarendon didn’t after losing to Mullins.

Besides Dutch Fork, Myrtle Beach in 4A is the only other unanimous No. 1. Top-ranked Dillon received eight first-place votes in the 3A poll, while No. 2 Chapman got four.

Abbeville got 11 of the 12 top votes to rest firmly atop the 2A poll. Second place Barnwell got the other one.

The 1A poll is still a scramble as top-ranked Lamar got five first-place votes. Wagener-Salley got six No. 1 votes but is still second, while third-place Green Sea-Floyds again picked up one vote.

The only local school playing a ranked team this week is Crestwood. The Knights travel to Columbia to face 4A No. 6 A.C. Flora in the Region IV opener for both teams. The Falcons, the defending region champions are 5-0. CHS is 2-2.

S.C. PREP MEDIA FOOTBALL POLL

5A

  1. Dutch Fork (12)
  2. Byrnes
  3. Fort Dorchester
  4. Dorman
  5. Sumter
  6. T.L. Hanna
  7. Gaffney
  8. River Bluff
  9. Clover
  10. Carolina Forest

Others receiving votes: West Florence, White Knoll, Berkeley, Westside

4A

  1. Myrtle Beach (12)
  2. Daniel

3.North Myrtle Beach

  1. South Pointe 
  2. Wilson
  3. A.C. Flora 
  4. Walhalla 
  5. Hartsville 
  6. Wren
  7. Travelers Rest

Others receiving votes: Eastside, Westwood, Belton-Honea Path, Greenville 

3A

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

Others receiving votes: Woodruff, Cheraw

2A

1. Abbeville (11)
2. Barnwell (1)
3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
4. Southside Christian
5. Oceanside Collegiate
6. Timberland
7. Saluda
8. Whale Branch
9. Andrew Jackson
10. St. Joseph’s

Others receiving votes: Gray Collegiate, Andrews, Lee Central, Mullins, Woodland

1A

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

SCISA

3A

  1. Hammond (6)
  2. Laurence Manning
  3. First Baptist
  4. Heathwood Hall
  5. Porter-Gaud

Others receiving votes: Ben Lippen

2A

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

Others receiving votes: Non

1A

  1. Thomas Heyward (6)
  2. Carolina Academy
  3. Pee Dee Academy
  4. Bethesda Academy
  5. Colleton Prep

Others receiving votes: Dorchester Academy, Dillon Christian

 

8-Man

  1. Andrew Jackson (5)
  2. Clarendon Hall (1)
  3. St. John's Christian
  4. Richard Winn Academy
  5. Jefferson Davis

Others receiving votes: Palmetto Christian, Holly Hill Academy