SPRING VALLEY 42
The Vikings punch their ticket to the postseason and secure second place in region 4-5A. DeQuandre "DQ" Smith stayed hot with maybe his best and most efficient game of the season. The sophomore went 21 of 23 passing three touchdowns and another on the ground. One of those incompletions was a throw away. The wideouts have come a long way in this system that seem to really rely on timing and route running. And it's a testament to those kids and coaches for sticking with this new system of the spread, considering they changed from the triple option a year ago. Spring Valley gets Westside in round one. Blythewood got the at-large berth and will travel to Laurens. The win for the Vikings sends Lugoff-Elgin to Summerville as the three seed.
A dominating performance for the Bearcats as they captured the region 5-4A crown. They did it defeating their rival Airport and posting the shutout on defense. The Eagles had just 110 yards of offense Friday night. The Bearcat defense has been the key during this six-game winning streak which has only given up about 11 points per game in that stretch. Will Way led BC on the ground with 102 yards and Deonte Baker added 87. The lower state in 4A has a lot of challenges but BC secured the homefield which gives them a nice advantage. I also really like any team that has the ability to run the ball and play the kind of defense they do. BC gets a bye and faces the winner of Hilton Head and Wilson. The Eagles still get a home game finishing second, they will host Colleton County.
GRAY COLLEGIATE 48
CA JOHNSON 7
It's the second straight region championship for the War Eagles. Both titles have been led by QB Hunter Helms. The Holy Cross commit had four passing touchdowns giving him 40 for the season with just four interceptions. He completed 76 percent of his passes this year. Gray will host Fox Creek while CA Johnson will travel to Buford for round one of the 2A playoffs
The Bulldogs locked up the region championship with a cruising victory over the Raiders. Eight players ran the ball for the Bulldogs as they totaled 339 yards on the ground for six scores. Landon Goodwin, Anthony Lyles and Mikah Davis added reception touchdowns in the win as well. The Bulldogs have a great draw in the bracket, they get the Clinton Red Devils in round one. With a potential run, the Bulldogs would avoid one of the favorites in Chapman until the late rounds, that's a team that has eliminated Camden in recent years. Camden wins their first region title outright since 2002, which was also the last time they made it to the state championship game.
Keenan ended the season with just three wins. But offensively they got some confidence with one of their better offensive performances in the loss. They finished the loss with 300 yards passing and 150 yards rushing. Maybe that will carry a little momentum into 2020.
Other highlights and playoff pairings:
-The Rige View Shamrocks got their first and only win of the season Friday as they knocked off rival Columbia 20-16. Quarterback Shytrell Oneil had a 99 yard touchdown run in the win. The Shamrocks got in as the four seed and will be on the road Friday.
-Lower Richland defeated Orangeburg Wilkinson 25-14, The Diamond Hornets take the top seed in the lower state bracket hosting Marlboro County next week.
-Flora handled rival Dreher 55-13, the Falcons get the two seed and host the Walhalla Razorbacks
-Westwood handled RNE 52-6, and the Redhawks travel to Eastside as a very dangerous three seed. Ridge View took care of Lancaster 35-9, the Blazers host Traveler's Rest on Friday.
Notes from around the state:
-Clover capped off its first undefeated season in school history with a win over Fort Mill. The Blue Eagles play host to Boiling Springs in round one.
-The Manning Monarchs won their first region championship in 12 years Friday night. They are coached by a familiar face from the Midlands in Reggie Kennedy. The long-time coach had stops at Fairfield Central, Blythewood, Sumter and most recently, Irmo.
-Buford defeated North Central 48-6 to capture their second straight Region 4-2A crown. They have gone unbeaten at 12-0 within region play in back-to-back seasons.
For complete playoff brackets go to schsl.org.