"One step closer " 2nd round playoff results

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The 2nd round playoff games around the Upstate are in the books. This week featured a few upsets and some drama filled finishes. Three defending state champs in the state's 5 classes, fell in the 2nd round. There will be new champs in 1A, 4A and 2A, we know that for sure. Gaffney and Daniel defending 5A and 3A State Champs respectively, were able to win in decisive fashion. Below is a look at the 2nd round results and recaps for the games involving teams we have covered on the Scramble all year, in each class.

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5A
Byrnes 27-24 over Blythewood. It was technically an upset, as Byrnes finished 4th in Region 2 5A and Blythewood won Region 3. However, going into this one many people, including myself thought Byrnes would win the game. The Rebels got off to a great start on the road and led 17-0 in the 1st half. Blythewood responded and made it a dramatic finish. Blythewood out scored Byrnes 24-10 after being down 17-0 early. Blytheoowd tied the game at 24 with a field goal with 2 minutes left. Byrnes started their final drive on their own 34. Their playmakers were able to get them FG range and Jacob Coman knocked down a 41 yarder with 3 seconds left to give Byrnes the win. He had a 42 yarder in the 1st half.

Gaffney 42-7 over JL Mann- Gaffney is now 34-4 on the Reservation since 2017. They also are 6-2 in home playoff games. Duke commit Grayson Loftis was "money" for the Indians, in the win over Mann. He was 14 of 18 for 352 yards and 4 total TD's, throwing for 3 and running for one. Quay Tate was a major factor in the Gaffney run game, he ran for 113 yards and 2 TD's on just 9 carries. WR Jamarcus Smith was a difference maker in the passing game, he had 7 catches for 190 yards and 2 TD's. Gaffney will be back at home in the 3rd round, they will host Byrnes. It's a rematch of the regular season finale at Byrnes. Gaffney will be looking to avenge that loss.

Dutch Fork 35-18 over Dorman- The Cavs were unable to match up with Dutch Fork. They have carried the #1 ranking in the state's 5A class almost all season. DF RB Jarvis Green had a big game in the win , his Coach Tom Knotts said in his postgame interview that Clemson and South Carolina should come knocking for Green's services. Dorman finishes with 9 regular season wins, a tremendous start for Coach Dustin Curtis in year one at the helm.

Spartanburg 39-14 at TL Hanna- Nearly all season, I've talked about how Spartanburg would be a tough out in the postseason. They are battle tested after playing a brutal schedule. Also, we know QB play is that much more important in the playoffs. They have one of the 864's best at the position in Raheim Jeter. He had 2 TD passes and a TD run in the win over Hanna. Spartanburg also has the leadership of Mark Hodge as their Head Coach, Hodge won multiple state title at Chapman , he led Spartanburg to the Upper State Title Game in 5A last year. He's a proven winner and always has guys playing at a high level come November. The Vikings will travel to take on Dutch Fork. It's a tough draw, but Spartanburg fell to them 27-25 in the non-region slate. Special Teams was a major factor in that one. I expect Coach Hodge and his staff to hammer that home and iron out the wrinkles in that phase of the game this week. I think playing Dutch Fork so competitively in the regular season, helps Spartanburg clear the mental hurdle that teams often have when playing a powerhouse like Dutch Fork.

4A
Greenville High 24-20 South Pointe. It was a struggle for the Region 1 4A Champs, as expected. But, The Red Raiders were able to knock the defending State Champs out. Greenville WR and D-1 prospect Tyler Brown was a difference maker. The Red Raiders have Brown and Junior 4 Star MJ Bennett in that group of receivers, which means it's kind of a "pick your poison" for opposing defenses. Brown had 6 catches for 111 yards and a score on Friday. The Red Raiders have now won 9 straight games. They'll be back at Sirrine Stadium on Friday for a 3rd round match up with Catawba Ridge.

In other 4A action, as I mentioned the 2nd place finisher from Region 3 Catawba Ridge downed Region 4 Champs North Augusta on the road, 37-14. They'll now travel to take on Greenville. Northwestern routed Greenwood 50-0

Westside 39-35 over Indian Land. Westside had their hands full with the 4th place finisher from Region 3. The Rams have won 10 games this season, their losses came to BHP to open the season and Greenville to open region play. The Rams trailed late in the game, they put together a late TD Drive, scoring with 3 seconds left to win it. Westside will travel to Rock Hill to take on Northwestern in the 3rd round.

3A
Powdersville moved their game to Thursday night. The change in game day didn't have any ill effect on the Patriots. They rolled Chester 42-12 to avenge their postseason loss to them last year. LB Peyton Little had a pick 6 and was in on multiple sacks in the game. RB Thomas Williams had another big game , as he has all year. If they keep winning Powdersville will be at home until the State Title Game.

Daniel routed Woodruff 55-17. It is the 36th straight win for Daniel, as they look for a State Title 3-peat. Daniel will be at Powdersville , in one of the most anticipated matchups statewide in the 3rd round. The winner will earn a spot in the Upper State Finals.

Clinton 28-13 over BHP. Clinton remains unbeaten, Bryson James has been a playmaker all year for them and was again Friday. Coach Corey Fountain has led this team to a tremendous season and Clinton has smashed most all of their opponents this season. BHP proved they were a quality team by hanging in that game for 4 quarters, playing Clinton as close as anybody has. They also held the Red Devils to well under their scoring average of over 50 points per game.

Chapman 57-29 over Seneca. Don't look now, but the Panthers are hitting their stride at the right time. They were dominate at the line of scrimmage and with their run games. Chapman ran for nearly 400 yards in their win over Seneca. Alvin Lewis ran for over 200 yards and found the end zone 4 times on the night. Matthai Scott had two rushing TD's and a TD catch in the game.

2A
Abbeville 49-7 over Newberry. They do two things in Abbeville and they are great both of them 1. play football, 2. deer hunt. The road to the 2A State Title Game will run through the 'Ville. The path may have just opened up for the Panthers as well.

Other 2A Games- Defending State Champs Gray Collegiate were knocked off by Region 3 third place finisher Saluda, 23-16. Fairfield Central the 2nd place finisher in region 4, went on the road and beat Silver Bluff 22-8. Strom Thurmond downed Keenan 21-6. Fairfield Central will be at Abbeville in the 3rd round and Strom Thurmond will host Saluda. The winners will meet in the Upper State Title Game.

1A
St. Joe's 29-28 over Southside Christian. St. Joe's and Southside Christian have been rivals for sometime and the Knights were looking for some revenge. They not only ended Southside Christian's back to back State Championship reign, but they avenged a 31-14 region loss to them earlier this year. St. Joe's scored in Overtime and then went for 2 and got it to win by one. It was a gutsy call from Coach Chris Goodman and it paid off for the Knights.

Christ Church routed Calhoun County 63-29. The Cavs have one loss and it was early in the season in a non-region game. Since then, they have been rolling. Christ Church features perhaps the most dynamic playmaker in Class 1A, statewide in RB Dashun Reeder.

In other 1A games- Lewisville cruised past Denmark-Olar 43-18. Wagener Salley edged CA Johnson 26-20. St. Joe's will travel to Wagener-Salley and Christ Church will host Lewisville. If both win, it'll be a renewal of another Greenville private school rivalry in the 1A Upper State Title game. St. Joe's would like to erase the memory of the 40 point beating they got from Christ Church in the regular season.

You can hear scores, analysis and guest interviews from the 3rd round of the playoffs this Saturday on the Scramble from 8-10 AM.

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