Second-round high school football playoff recap, by Tyler Cupp
SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
It was a fun weekend for Midlands teams in the high school football playoffs. A handful still remain. Here’s how it all shaked out.
LOWER RICHLAND 34
MYRTLE BEACH 31
After trailing the entire game including 24-0 at one point, the Diamond Hornets only lead came on their final play as they connected on a hail mary pass from midfield to knock off the Seahawks. The win also secures a winning season for LR. That has not happened in some 27 years. The Diamond Hornets will now take on the Hartsville Red Foxes in what should be a very interesting match up. A team playing on house money, against a team that wants to get back to the state championship. Tevaughn Higgins accounted for 5 touchdowns and 358 passing yards.
SPRING VALLEY 35
It was a big time effort from Spring Valley as the Vikings went on the road to knock off top 5 Conway. Playing without D-1 prospect Channing Tindall, the Vikings got really good play out of Darien Jennings, Ajani Tonge and a host of others. Ke’Andre Jones also performed well for SV. Conway made a late rally after being down 21-0 at halftime, but SV held on. Now, for the second time in three seasons, Spring Valley will head to Fort Dorchester for the third round of the playoffs. Vikings lost 2 years ago 28-14
FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 14
The Griffins finally knock off the Bulldogs in the post season. After losing the previous 3 playoff match ups to the Bulldogs, the Griffins survive and advance here. Mr.Football Candidate Amir Abrams got his 100th career touchdown but that was about it as he was held to just 97 total yards. This game was 8-7 early in the first half before the Griffins added a touchdown to go up 7 in the final few minutes. The Griffins defense came up huge holding Newberry to under 150 yards. Jacob McManus hit Tykedrist Gibson on 4th and 17 for that late touchdown. Griffins will play Emerald next.
WHALE BRANCH 21
Some may recall that it took 4 road games for Batesburg-Leesville to make the state championship last year. Well, they are just about there as they did it again on the road Friday. The Panthers will have a familiar opponent in Barnwell this week, a team they play in region 5-2A.
LUGOFF ELGIN 14
In a game that Lugoff led 7-0 late in the first quarter, a muffed punt by the Demons gave the Stags a 14-7 lead at halftime. From there it was all Berkeley as they outscored LE 35-7 in the second half. They did it off 4 interceptions and a couple of fumbles. The Demons were shorthanded playing without 3 starters on offense and did all they could but playing against momentum on the road is a tough thing to do. The dagger came when D.J Chisolm ran back a 62 yard punt return for a touchdown. Remember that name, he is getting attention from D-1 schools including South Carolina. In the loss, Brandon Stevenson had 5 tackles for loss and Josh Boone had an interception. Demons end the year with their first winning season since 2009.
–Gilbert wins again. This time 48-21 over Bluffton. The Indians got 553 yards of total offense and 34 first downs. They will now play host to Dillon in the match up that most people were anticipating when the brackets were released. That is going to be one heck of a game there.
–Dutch Fork rolls past West Florence 42-14. Bryce Thompson and Ron Hoff accounted for 5 scores. Dutch Fork will host Summerville in the third round. This game would have been a rematch but the teams regular season contest was cancelled to due weather earlier this year.
-Brookland-Cayce have become the road warriors. Not sure how many folks predicted BC to win and advance to the third round but here they are. After a 35-13 victory over Wade Hampton, the Bearcats are rolling. Rasheed Taylor had 3 scores while Reed Charpia thew two touchdowns. The BC defense shutout Wade Hampton in the second half.
-Eastside shutout the hopes of Westwood 48-15. Jordan Morgan thew for 355 and rushed for another 87. Its the deepest run for the Eastside Eagles in 15 years.