Upstate Top 10 After Week 3

State's Only Poll That Incorporates All Class Sizes
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The Upstate Top 10 has become a staple, as a feature on the Saturday Morning Scramble. Live each week on the show, I unveil a new edition of the state's only poll that ranks teams regardless of class size. There is movement in the back half of this week's poll after loses by ranked 4 teams ranked in the last week's poll. The top half of the poll from last week remains the same, as all the teams in the top 5 either won or had a bye week. The audio version of the Top 10 is directly below and the written format is below that.

1. Daniel- The Lions are still holding the top spot after a 38-17 win over Hart County, GA on Friday. The W extends the Daniel winning streak to 27 games. They have Pickens this week and are expected to extend the streak to 28. It's starting to look like Daniel may not be challenged until the postseason.

2. Dorman- The Cavs were off Friday night, they are 3-0 and have rolled up Greenville, North Augusta and Greenwood in those 3 games scoring over 40 points per game. Dorman's O-line could well be the best in South Carolina and the "hogs" up front open up lanes and allow the Dorman running game to rack up yardage. Dorman is at Clover this week, that could be a "sneaky good" game. Clover gave Hillcrest a scare last week, before Hillcrest was able to pull it out 19-14.

3. Hillcrest-Speaking of the Rams after their offense was held relatively in check by Clover last week, they bounced back this week. Hillcrest was explosive in downing Boiling Springs 48-0 on Friday. QB Bennett Judy was stellar again for the Rams. RB Logan Coldren ran for over 150 yards. WR Jaylen Neal had over 100 yards receiving and two TD catches. WR Avery McFadden recently picked up an offer from Coastal Carolina. The Ram defense doesn't get the headlines but has gotten the job done all year. The biggest test of the season awaits Hillcrest as they travel to Powdersville this week for the biggest game around the 864 area code.

4. Powdersville- The Patriots were not caught looking ahead on Friday, as they cruised to a 49-10 win in their home opener over Pendelton. That sets the table for #4 Powdersville hosting #3 Hillcrest this week. Powdersville had a really good win at Abbeville earlier this season, but that win looks less valuable now as Abbeville lost to Westside 31-10 on Friday. While, I called this Hillcrest's biggest challenge of the season thus far, the same goes for Powdersville. While non-region games don't matter toward playoff seeding, the upcoming match up will prove as a measuring stick for both programs. I expect it to be a battle on Friday.

5. Byrnes- The Rebels didn't earn style points in their game Friday, but they won the game. Byrnes and Greer was tied at 7 going into the half, The Rebels have been a 2nd half team all season and outscored Greer 16-7 after the break. They ended up winning the game 23-14, the Byrnes defense was impressive in holding Greer D-1 RB prospect Ladanian Martin to less than 60 yards rushing. Byrnes is at Wren this Friday and is expected to keep Wren winless ont he season.

6. Clinton- The Red Devils are sitting at 4-0 and have won all of their games by 14 or more points. They had no issue at Aiken on Friday, as they won in blowout fashion 48-7. Clinton is at Chapman this week. Clinton moved up two spots from #8 last week to #6 this week, due to their win and losses of 4 teams in last week's rankings.

7. BHP- Belton-Honea Path is making their first appearance of the season in the Upstate Top 10. They are up from "the others under consideration" category after they got a win on the road 34-27 over Woodruff on Friday. BHP also owns a win over Westside in the season opener which looks that much better as Westside has had quality wins in the last 2 weeks. BHP hosts Emerald this week.

8. Westside- The Rams opened with a competitive 19-17 loss to BHP, however since then they have beaten two teams who were ranked when they played them in Hanna and Abbeville in back-to-back weeks. Westside is home this week hosting a Mauldin squad that gave up 70 points in their loss to Greenville High.

9. Gaffney- The Indians move down three spots from #6 last week. They were competitive with a solid Mallard Creek-Charlotte squad, but fell 20-13. Gaffney's defense continues to play well and be the strength of their team. However, they have are having offensive issues specifically in finding playmakers at WR for Duke QB commit Grayson Loftis. Gaffney has a brutal schedule and that continues this week as they travel to take on a Northwestern-Rock Hill. It's a rematch of the playoff thriller that Gaffney won last year on it's way to the State Title and Northwestern will be looking for retribution.

10. St. Josephs (Greenville) - The Knights are making their 1st appearance in the poll this year, as well after moving up from "the under consideration" category. St. Joe's got a win in a measuring stick road game downing solid 3A program Seneca 45-35. Everyone, that I talked to around the Seneca program talked about how disciplined and well St. Joseph's executed on Friday. Two big plays for St, Joe's turned the momentum, one came on special teams and the other came on a long pass play for a TD right before the half. The Knights are highly ranked in 1A and are considered a state level contender in that class. Region 1 1A could be one of the more interesting region races around the Upstate, as St. Joe's , Christ Church and Southside Christian are all back together in that region.

Others under consideration (in no particular order)
Spartanburg- The Vikings are 1-3 against what is probably the Upstate's toughest schedule. They took it on chin at 7A Georgia powerhouse Grayson on Friday night. They host Riverside this week.

Abbeville- The Panthers dropped from #7 after being handled at Westside 31-10 on Friday. It's Abbeville's 2nd loss before October, which is very rare for that program. Abbeville is at Crescent this week.

Christ Church- Cavs RB Dashun Reeder continues to be the real deal , he had 4 rushing TD's in their win over Riverside on Friday. They host Calhoun Falls this week and are expect to move to 3-1 on the season.

JL Mann- The Patriots were a huge story last week , as they moved into our rankings and more importantly moved to 3-0 for the program's first time since 2011. They fell at Easley in a competitive game this past week and missed the chance for the program to go to 4-0 for the 1st time in over 25 years. Mann looks to bounce back, as they have a measuring stick game hosting a talented Greenville High team that just smashed Mauldin 70-7 on Friday night. The Red Raiders are just 1-3 but have played Dorman, Hanna and Byrnes in those three losses.

TL Hanna- The Yellow Jackets got handled in their loss to crosstown rival Westside last week. They were able to bounce back and followed that with a win over Wren on Friday. Hanna is at a Greenwood squad that is probably better than their 1-3 record after a tough early season slate.