THE PLAYOFF picture is muddy for several Midlands’ teams with one week left in the A, 2A and 3A, and two weeks remaining for 4A.
Here’s a glimpse of what could happen:
It won’t matter much because none of the Lower State Midlands teams will be much of a match after the second round, coming up against the likes of Marlboro County, Hartsville, Crestwood, Socastee, Strom Thurmond and Hanahan.
Region VI will see Chapin getting top spot. Westwood, Dreher and Camden are battling for the other spots. I can’t see the fourth-place team in this region getting a spot in the playoffs.
That said, I don’t think Chapin at the top spot will have deep playoff success against powers like Daniel, Belton-Honea Path, Greer, and Wren in the Upstate bracket.
Although there are two weeks of regular season left, we have a pretty good idea of who’s going to be playing in the posteason.
In the Region IV, Spring Valley have not been challenged by anyone but themselves. Coach Miles Aldridge’s flexbone offense is potent with running back John Miller ... when they protect the football. Even a perennial power like Byrnes will have play near flawless to beat Spring Valley.
The Region V is led by Dutch Fork and Lexington, each unbeaten in region play. They will face off this week. I believe it will produce the region winner, but if Dutch Fork gets the win, it has North Augusta left on the schedule.
As for the postseason, each of these teams will be competitive in their respective brackets, though I feel there are weaknesses on each of those defenses that could be exploited by the explosive Upstate offenses.