Class 4A Division II
Northwestern Trojans vs. Stratford Knights
Defense and special teams will decide this title match.
Northwestern has six blocked kicks and six kick-return touchdowns, led by Jaquavio Mackey and Hart. Knights kicker Tyler Tekac has a 45-yard field goal range, averages 38 yards per punt and is 53-of-55 on extra points.
Stratford’s defensive scoring could prove an advantage. Stratford has five defensive touchdowns — with linebackers TJ Deveaux and Cecil Smith converting opponents’ turnovers.
Daniel Lions vs. Myrtle Beach Seahawks
To stop the undefeated Lions, the Seahawks will have to slow Daniel’s rushing game. The Lions average 271 yards on the ground, led by Oglesby, who averages 9.7 yards per carry. Daniel consistently outgains opponents, as its defense is steadfast against both running and passing attacks.
The Seahawks are a balanced squad, but their offensive line will be challenged by a defense that allows 73 rushing yards per game and has produced 32 sacks and 17 interceptions. Drayton’s accuracy — at 141-285-12 for the season — is key, and turnovers could prove a killer. Daniel has a plus-12 turnover margin.
Class 4A Division I
Sumter Gamecocks vs. Dutch Fork Silver Foxes
The Silver Foxes are skilled at moving the ball, especially in third down and red-zone situations. For Sumter, the team of quarterback James Barnes and leading receiver Ky’Jon Tyler is tasked with driving the offensive production. Barnes is 163-307-9 for 2,258 yards and 25 touchdowns. Tyler averages 16.7 yards per catch with 18 touchdowns. The Gamecocks’ leading rushers, Quintein Anderson and Russell Jenkins, average about 80 yards per game together. The Gamecock offense will have to capitalize on Dutch Fork turnovers, and the Silver Foxes must play a complete game and set the tone early.