Blythewood vs. Sumter
WHERE: Sumter Memorial Stadium, Sumter
WHEN: 7:30 tonight
RECORDS: Blythewood (8-3), Sumter (9-2)
THE SKINNY: The Gamecocks, seeking a return to the Class 4A Division I final, carry a nine-game winning streak into the postseason. Blythewood plays its first postseason game since the 2006 Class 3A state championship game at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Players to watch
(BLYTHEWOOD) BRANDON WILDS - The Bengals must establish a running game to beat Sumter and Wilds is capable. The junior has rushed for 1,490 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 135 yards per game.
(SUMTER) STEPHEN CURTIS -The seasoned senior quarterback is as dangerous with his arm as he is with his feet. Curtis threw for one touchdown and rushed for two in the Gamecocks' 35-13 win at Hartsville on Friday that clinched the Region 6-4A championship.
BLYTHEWOOD WILL WIN IF ... The Bengals defense forces the Gamecocks into multiple turnovers and Wilds has a big night against a tough Sumter defense.
SUMTER WILL WIN IF ... The Gamecocks defense shuts down Wilds and the Bengals offense, allowing Curtis and the offense to grab the lead and eat the clock.
PREDICTION: Sumter 27, Blythewood 20