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Sumter still seventh in 5A; Cavaliers No. 1 in SCISA 2A

By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com
Posted 9/18/19

Sumter High School remains seventh among 5A SCHSL schools in the latest edition of the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday.

Among local SCISA schools, Robert E. Lee Academy remains atop the 2A poll, while Clarendon Hall fell out of …

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Sumter still seventh in 5A; Cavaliers No. 1 in SCISA 2A

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Sumter High School remains seventh among 5A SCHSL schools in the latest edition of the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday.

Among local SCISA schools, Robert E. Lee Academy remains atop the 2A poll, while Clarendon Hall fell out of a tie for first place with Andrew Jackson Academy in the 8-man poll.

Sumter improved to 3-0 on the season with a 61-0 victory over Lakewood on Friday. The Gamecocks were unable to move up though as only one team ranked in front of them lost, that being Gaffney.

The Indians, who were ranked second last week, fell to fourth after a 27-20 loss to Mallard Creek of Charlotte. Byrnes and Fort Dorchester, who were tied for third last week, are second and third, respectively.

The remainder of the 5A top 10 Is Dorman, T.L. Hanna, Sumter, River Bluff, Berkeley and West Florence.

No other local SCHSL schools are ranked or received votes in the other four classifications.

REL solidified its hold on first in the SCISA 2A poll after moving there last week. The Cavaliers received four of the five first-place votes after getting just two last week.

Florence Christian School fell from second to fourth after losing to Laurence Manning Academy 32-14 last week. Trinity-Byrnes is second and Orangeburg Prep moved into the poll at No. 3.

In the 8-man poll, Andrew Jackson took sole possession of first after receiving three first-place votes to just two for Clarendon Hall. Both received two first-place votes in last week's poll.

AJA defeated Jefferson Davis Academy 50-0 and has outscored its opponents 172-0 in three games. The 2-0 Saints beat Patrick Henry Academy 52-14.

LMA remains in third in the 3A poll behind unanimous No. 1 Hammond and No. 2 First Baptist.

Thomas Heyward Academy is a unanimous pick in SCISA 1A.

Dutch Fork in 5A and Myrtle Beach in 4A are the only unanimous No. 1s in the SCHSL polls. Abbeville had been a unanimous choice in 2A, but it barely beat No. 4 Southside Christian last week, winning 14-1o. Still, Abbeville picked up 10 first-place votes to one for No. 2 Barnwell.

Dillon remains atop the 3A poll with Chapman second. However, Chapman picked up four first-place votes, one more than last week.

Green Sea-Floyds remains firmly entrench in first in the 1A poll. Wagener-Salley and Lamar, ranked second and third, respectively, each received a first-place vote.