There were some big matchups and big outcomes from week 4 that caused a bit of movement in the Upstate Top 10. Every Saturday morning, I unveil a new edition of the poll as a featured segment on the Saturday Morning Scramble. Below is the audio from this past week's Upstate Top 10. Below that is the written version.
1. Daniel - The Lions have won a school record 28 straight games after downing Pickens 42-14 Friday night.. They are also going for the program's 1st State Title Three-peat. Daniel had back to back State Titles in 1991 and 1992 and are currently back-to-back 3A State Champs. Blaine Simmons is coming into his own at the QB position, he had 5 total TD's in the Pickens Win. They have tremendous playmakers around him to help that transition. Daniel may not be challenged until deep in the postseason. They have Riverside this week.
2. Hillcrest- The Rams are up one spot after a huge road win over a ranked and previously unbeaten Powdersville squad , 37-35 to remain unbeaten. Was an incredible game and proved both teams are heavyweights. The magnitude of the win helps Hillcrest move up one spot. Senior QB Bennett Judy threw for over 300 yards and 4 TD's in the win. Junior WR Avery McFadden, who recently picked up an offer from Coastal Carolina, had 9 catches for 142 yards and a TD. Hillcrest hosts Wren this week.
3. Dorman- The undefeated Cavs went and got themselves a quality road win at a solid Clover team on Friday, 37-23. Dorman moved down a spot even with that, due to the magnitude of the Hillcrest win. Dorman has a good River Bluff team coming to town this week. The Cavs run game and O-line continue to get it done, as they scored 37 on a Clover defense that allowed just 19 points to Hillcrest in a loss.
4. Byrnes- The Rebs remain unbeaten, they again were a second half team this past week. They led at Wren just 14-7 at the half before scoring 28 unanswered to win 42-7. Byrnes travels to take on a ranked 4A opponent this week in West Florence. This maybe the biggest test thus far for Byrnes, however region play will tell the story of the season starting Sept. 30th.
5. Powdersville- They lost a thriller at home to a very good Hillcrest team 37-35. Therefore, I only dropped them one spot given the close nature of the loss and the quality of opponent. Powdersville D-1 prospect at LB Jalen "Rambo" Rambert left the Hillcrest game with an injury and didn't return. There's no update on the severity of that injury, as of this time. However, the Patriots do have a bye this week to allow him an extra week to get healthy. They open region play Sept. 30th against a quality BHP squad.
6. Clinton- The Red Devils are still holding at number 6. They continue to not only stay unbeaten, but are doing so indecisive fashion. Clinton won handily at Chapman 49-19 on Friday. The Red Devils have won every game by double digits or more. They host South Aiken this week.
7. BHP- The Bears are unbeaten on the year and downed Emerald with no problem, 35-6 on Friday. BHP's season opening win over Westside is a quality win and keeps looking better as the season goes on. The Bears host a 3-1 Walhalla squad on Friday. BHP remains at #7 for the 2nd straight week.
8. Gaffney- The Indians jump up 1 spot from #9 last week after a quality road win. Gaffney downed Northwestern Rock Hill 28-7. Indians QB and Duke commit Grayson Loftis threw for 280 yards and 2 TD's on Friday , he also had a TD on the ground. This could be a turning point win for Gaffney. They do have 2 losses but those came at 4A State Title favorite South Pointe and a quality Mallard Creek-Charlotte team in a one score game. Gaffney's gauntlet of a schedule continues this week as they host Fort Dorchester, a quality 5A program year in and year out.
9. Westside- The Rams dropped one spot only because of the quality win for Gaffney. Westside took care of their own business dropping Mauldin. Westside opened with that 19-17 loss to BHP but has since won every game and in pretty impressive fashion. They host Greer on Friday.
10. St. Joseph's - The Knights are holding at this spot after making their 1st appearance in the poll last week. They handled Ware Shoals in their region opener 55-0 this week. St. Joe's also has a road win over 3A Seneca in their undefeated start to the season. They have Greenville area region rival and two-time defending 1A State Champs Southside Christian this week.
Others getting consideration (in no particular order)
Spartanburg- The Vikings have 3 losses due to a gauntlet of a schedule. Those losses are to 5A State Title Runner Up Dutch Fork in a nail biter and two road losses to Georgia power programs Langston Hughes and Grayson. Spartanburg got a win by more than TD's over Riverside on Friday. They hst Mauldin on Friday.
TL Hanna- they have a blowout loss to Westside, but otherwise have won all their games including beating Greenwood this past week. Hanna is at Laurens this week.
Christ Church- They opened Region 1-1A play with a 73-0 beat down of Calhoun Falls. Christ Church has one loss and it was a wide margin at Holy Innocents of Georgia. They go to McCormick in another region game on Friday.
Easley- The Green Wave's season opened with a lopsided loss to #1 Daniel. However, since then they have run off 3 straight wins. One of those was over a JL Mann team that was ranked at the time. Easley is at Southside High on Friday.
Greenville High- The Red Raiders opened 0-3 after playing a tough early slate against 5A foes like #3 Dorman, #4 Byrnes and TL Hanna. Since then they have won games over Mauldin and JL Mann in blowout fashion , in consecutive weeks. They are off this week and then open region play with #9 Westside Sept. 30th.
This Friday night, we will see what happens and how it impacts this poll for next week. Remember, a brand edition of the Upstate Top 10 is unveiled every week live on the Saturday Morning Scramble in the 8AM hour. For more HS Football content through the week and score updates follow The Fan Upstate Facebook Page and the Saturday Morning Scramble on twitter @FanScramble.