THE FINAL WEEK is here and, based on the action this past weekend, the upcoming games have mouths watering in anticipation.
Class 1A ended Friday with two great matchups for the Div. I and Div. II titles.
In Class 4A, Div. I, Dutch Fork went to Duncan and pulled off a huge upset, knocking off top-seeded Byrnes, 31-21.
In the other side of the bracket, Sumter got a road win over Summerville, 28-27, setting up a showdown between the Silver Foxes and Gamecocks. The last time a Midlands area team captured a state title in Class 4A was 1993 when Richland Northeast beat Hartsville in the Div. II game.
The last 4A, Div. I Midlands champions was 1988 Spring Valley.
In Class 2A, Batesburg-Leesville is in the title game agains Silver Bluff. The last time these two met in a title game, Al Lown’s Bulldogs beat Phil Strickland’s Panthers. The interesting thing here is Batesburg-Leesville coach Jerry Brown can become the second coach in state football history to win titles at three schools. Joe Turbeville coached title winners at Saluda, Spring Valley, and Irmo.
BIG WINNERS, BIG PERFORMERS: