Playoff capsules

November 23, 2012 

Class 4A Division 1

Upper State

Byrnes at Gaffney

The Rebels, led by quarterback Shuler Bentley and receiver Akia Booker, look to avenge their regular- season loss. Gaffney (10-3) has won seven in a row and outscored opponents 395-235.

Lower State

White Knoll at Dutch Fork

The Timberwolves put their hard-nosed rushing game up against Dutch Fork’s balanced offense in a rematch of their regular season Region meeting.

Class 4A Division 2

Upper State

Bluffton at Northwestern

Re-entering the playoffs after an ouster by now-ineligible Goose Creek, Bluffton (12-1) looks to make the most of its second chance. Northwestern is 11-2 and has won seven in a row.

Lower State

Greenwood at South Pointe

Undefeated Greenwood seeks to return to the finals. South Pointe quarterback Devin Pearson leads a powerful passing game.

Class 3A

Upper State

Union at Daniel

The visiting Yellow Jackets have outscored opponents 128-80 in the playoffs and are coming off a three-point win.

Lower State

Hartsville at Strom Thurmond

Jeff Calabrese’s undefeated Red Foxes host at Strom Thurmond squad that has outscored opponents 578-157, and won 12 in a row. Daniel (11-2) has a 487-131 scoring advantage for the season, and has allowed 44 points in the postseason.

Class 2A Division 1

Upper State

Newberry at Fairfield Central

The 10-3 Bulldogs roll into Winnsboro on a six-win streak, looking to run through the Griffins’ staunch defense. Fairfield Central, led by Ryheem McDaniel, have held opponents to an average 12 points per game.

Lower State

Dillon at Timberland

While its offense has racked up yardage and touchdowns, Dillon has allowed just nine touchdowns in eight consecutive wins. The 11-1 Wolves have outscored opponents 96-27 in the first two rounds.

Class 2A Division 2

Upper State

Abbeville at Chesnee

Abbeville, last season’s Class A Division 1 champion, has posted consecutive shutouts to start the playoffs, as looks to mark its first season in 2A with a title berth. Chesnee (11-1) has averaged 50 points over the last four games.

Lower State

Bishop England at Silver Bluff

Led by quarterback Nick Theos, the Battling Bishops have outscored opponents 491-167 and have not lost since August. Silver Bluff is 3-1 at home and has won seven in a row.

Akilah Imani Nelson

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