Defending Class 4A state champion Dutch Fork starts the football season as the No. 1 ranked team in the preseason S.C. Prep Media Football Poll.
Coach Tom Knotts’ team opens its season on Friday night against Greenwood in the “Battle at the Bluff” event at River Bluff High stadium.
Other Midlands teams starting the season in the TOP 10 include Batesburg-Leesville (4th), Fairfield Central (5th) and Newberry (6th) in Class 2A.
PREP FOOTBALL POLL
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The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Andrew Macke, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.
1. Dutch Fork; 2. Northwestern; 3. Byrnes; 4. York; 5. South Florence; 6. Boiling Springs; 7. Summerville; 8. North Augusta; 9. Spartanburg; 10. Goose Creek
Others receiving votes: Greenwood, Spring Valley, Dorman, Sumter, Hillcrest, Stratford, Gaffney, Socastee
1. Myrtle Beach; 2. South Pointe; 3. Hartsville; 4. Wren; 5. Marlboro County; 6. Daniel; 7. Seneca; 8. Midland Valley; 9. Hanahan; 10. Greer
Others receiving votes: Broome, Belton-Honea Path, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, A.C. Flora, Swansea, Darlington, Crestwood, Union County, North Myrtle Beach, Chapin
1. Dillon; 2. Strom Thurmond; 3. Batesburg-Leesville; 4. Timberland; 5. Fairfield Central; 6. Newberry; 7. Chesnee; 8. Woodruff; T9. Loris; T9. Silver Bluff; 10. Cheraw
Others receiving votes: Ninety Six, Woodland, Bishop England, Abbeville, Central
1. Christ Church; 2. Lamar; 3. Carvers Bay; 4. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 5. Allendale-Fairfax; 6. Hemingway; 7. Williston-Elko; 8. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 9. Great Falls; 10. Timmonsville
Others receiving votes: St. Joseph’s, Estill, Lakeview, Cross, Lewisville, Southside Christian, Ridge Spring-Monetta