Jim Baxter answers questions about high school sports:
The Foxes can create problems for Byrnes using their two-tight end set, running the screens, and riding Matt Colburn’s ground game. Can they score on the Rebels? Yes; and they can score frequently. I like the match-up in the trenches. The Foxes are so big and well-coached there that they could win that battle.
But Byrnes’ offense is going to be the key to this game, and I don’t think that any team in the state other than Northwestern can slow that offense. I think it will be a heavyweight battle of offenses, but the Rebels will be too potent and outscore Dutch Fork.
I’m a believer. Summerville has been inconsistent on offense all season and, though they beat an impressive Boiling Springs team last week, the Gamecocks will steal a victory from the Green Wave. I like Sumter’s defense against the Summerville offense.
Now, it’ll be tough for them to win the state championship. Everyone in the 4A brackets except for Byrnes and Northwestern are playing for second place. Northwestern is the best team in the state and will win the Division II title. I don’t see Byrnes losing to anyone remaining in the Division I bracket.