Brookland-Cayce, Midlands teams vie for Lower State titles
Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville also vying for crowns
It’s the biggest game for Brookland-Cayce in 50 years.
Brookland-Cayce hosts Dillon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, for the Lower State Championship. Brookland-Cayce won a State Championship with 10 wins in 1966, before the days of high school football playoffs.
The Bearcats, as an underdog, won 14-7 at Bluffton last Friday, to make it to the Lower State Final. The winner Friday night plays either Chapman or Newberry in the State Championship game Dec. 17 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
There are also other Midlands teams in the hunt for a State Championship this weekend.
In the Class 5A S.C. High School League Playoffs, Dutch Fork hosts Ft. Dorchester in Irmo for the Lower State Championship.
Meantime, Chapin hosts Hartsville for the 3A Lower State crown; and, Batesburg-Leesville plays at Barnwell for the Lower State Championship in 2A.
In BC’s upset win over Bluffton, the Bearcats relied on a stifling defense.
“We have a lot of senior leadership on the defensive side of the ball,” said B-C Head Coach Rusty Charpia.
Quentin Hook, Tay Pringle, Sammy Lykes, Cam Brown, Travis Loadholt, Phillip Anderson, Raycron Williams, Zion Caraway, and Mike Williams are all seniors who play defense for B-C. Holding Bluffton to seven points was no small task. And the Wildcats will be another stiff test.
“Dillon has won four state championships in a row,” said Charpia.
Dillon is 49-1 in its last 50 games. The Wildcats have won six state titles in the past eight years. Dillon is the 3A, Region 6 Champion this year, with a 12-1 record.
It’s a great record, but BC has a 12-1 record, too.
“It’s the most games ever won by a Brookland-Cayce team,” Charpia pointed out. And he has faith in his team versus Dillon.
“I believe we can win,” said Charpia. “We need to keep it close and have a chance in the fourth quarter.”
The Bearcats and the Wildcats have a common opponent this year. Dillon defeated Strom Thurmond in the S.C. State Playoffs by a score of 51-19. The Bearcats beat the Rebels – a regular season 3A, Region 5 opponent – by a score of 28-6.
Charpia said Dillon wins with a team full of high-quality players. He said several on the Wildcats’ roster are commitments to play college football after they graduate from Dillon.