The 2nd round matchups for the SC High School League playoffs are set for eight Midlands teams.
Meanwhile, Hammond School will defend its SC Independent School Association Class 3A title against Laurence Manning at 7 p.m. Friday at Charleston Southern.
A pair of familiar foes await four-time defending Class 5A champion Dutch Fork and Gilbert of Class 3A.
The Silver Foxes (7-0) will invite back Carolina Forest (7-1) in a rematch of last year’s Lower State final they won 45-20.
The winner will face River Bluff (4-1) or Sumter (7-0) in this year’s Lower State final. The Gators upended 2nd round Fort Dorchester to improve to 3-0 in first round games under head coach C. Blair Hardin.
Meanwhile, the Indians (7-0) will face playoff nemesis Dillon (6-0) in the second round. The Wildcats set up a third trip in 4 years to Gilbert following Saturday’s 57-20 win over Hanahan.
Dillon has won both playoff meetings over the Indians.
The winner will face either Camden (7-0) or Oceanside Collegiate Academy (6-1) in the Lower State final. The Bulldogs held off Brookland-Cayce 52-44, while the Land Sharks defeated Aynor 31-26.
After Friday’s 43-35 road victory over Westside, the first playoff win since 2012, Irmo (6-2) will play host to Catawba Ridge (6-1) at WC Hawkins Stadium in the second round of the Class 4A Upper State playoffs. It’s the 1st home game since 2012 when the Yellow Jackets lost to White Knoll.
The Copperheads defeated Greer 34-14 on Saturday and are facing Irmo for the first time.
The other half of the Class 4A Upper State bracket has Region 4-4A champion AC Flora (7-0) playing host to traditional power South Pointe (6-2) at Memorial Stadium.
The Falcons are coming off a 41-0 shutout of Travelers Rest, while the Stallions defeated Greenwood 34-32 in overtime.
In Class 2A, Pelion and Gray Collegiate will play host to 2nd round games.
The Panthers (4-2) will face Andrews (4-1) in the 1st meeting between the 2 schools since the opening round of the 2011 playoffs. The Yellow Jackets won that game 44-0, but Pelion leads the series 2-1.
Gray Collegiate (7-0) will face Christ Church (6-2) at Midlands Sports Complex. The only other time the 2 teams met was the opening round of the 2016 playoffs, a game won by the Cavaliers 47-30 in Greenville.
Christ Church advanced after defeating North Central 42-14, while the 2nd ranked War Eagles routed St. Joseph’s Catholic 47-22.
FRIDAY’S PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:
S.C. High School League:
(All games at 7:30 pm)
Dillon at Gilbert
Oceanside Collegiate at Camden
Catawba Ridge at Irmo
South Pointe vs. AC Flora (at Memorial Stadium in Columbia)
Carolina Forest at Dutch Fork
Andrews at Pelion
Christ Church vs. Gray Collegiate (at Midlands Sports Complex in West Columbia)
River Bluff at Sumter
Laurence Manning vs. Hammond 7 p.m. (at Charleston Southern)