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Baxter: Week 7 reshapes playoff picture

October 13, 2013 

WEEK 7 WAS full of upsets and comebacks throughout the state.

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Lexington stole the headlines with a road upset over No. 5 North Augusta, 19-14. If Coach Josh Stepp’s team can take care of business the next two weeks, the Wildcats should be 8-1 heading into the region match-up with Dutch Fork, who ended their two game skid with a win over South Aiken, 59-28.

Gaffney outlasted Mauldin. Shrine Bowl snub Hylek Foster scored five touchdowns to lead the Tribe to a shootout win, 63-59. Gaffney plays at No. 2 Byrnes on Friday.

Irmo, which started 0-4, has rattled off three consecutive wins, including an upset of top 10 Dutch Fork on Oct. 5, and a win last week in their first region game against Ridge View

The Yellow Jackets are 3-4, but 1-0 in the region. They have as much of a chance at winning it as top 10 Spring Valley. That game will be played Friday and I believe it will produce the eventual region 4A-4 champion.

Summerville made a statement with a dominating win over Fort Dorchester, 24-7. It played well in a loss to Stratford last week, and could find themselves in the position of spoiler in the Division I playoffs.

The team no one is talking about is South Florence. Tthe Bruins run a powerful and balanced offense with a good quarterback complimented by a strong ground game. But this past weekend, the Bruins’ defense stepped up like it hasn’t before in a 28-21 win over Sumter.

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This class had the biggest upset when Crestwood knocked off No. 2 Hartsville, 10-7, in Region 6. Marlboro County, Crestwood, and Hartsville each have a loss, and Darlington is unbeaten.

No. 1 Daniel beat No. 3 Belton-Honea Path 10-0. A punishing, physical defense shut down the Bears.

In the Midlands, Brookland-Cayce knocked off Gilbert, 40-27, in region play, moving into position for a potential second-place finish.. If it fails to get that spot, Brookland-Cayce will be on the road in the playoffs.

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Batesburg-Leesville continues to impress in Division II. Fairfield Central continues to roll and appears to be headed toward a rematch-collision with Dillon.

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Allendale-Fairfax and Christ Church continue to roll, presenting themselves as heavy favorites to get to the title game weekend.

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