With one week to go in the regular season, the Class 3A state football playoff scenario in the Midlands is already written, thanks to Lower Richland’s 22-13 win over Chapin on Monday night. That was the final piece in the puzzle. Everything is set, except for final seeding position, no matter what happens in Week 10.
Region 4-3A: Chester (4-0) is the No. 1 seed, and Fairfield Central (3-1) is assured of No. 2 and a home game in the first round of the Upper State playoffs. Lugoff-Elgin (2-2) and Lower Richland (2-2) are locked in as the other two region entries, even if Chapin ends up at 2-3 and finishes tie with L-E and/or LR. The Eagles are out because they have already lost to the Demons and Diamonds and have no tie-breaking traction. A.C. Flora (0-4) is playing out the string.
Region 5-3A: Midland Valley’s 35-17 win over Brookland-Cayce last week ended the region championship drama. The Mustangs (4-0) are the region’s No. 1 playoff seed, regardless of the outcome of this week’s regular-season finale vs. South Aiken (2-2). Airport (3-1) and B-C (3-1) will duke it out Friday for the No. 2 seed and a home date in the first round of the Lower State playoffs. The loser hits the road. Dreher (0-4) and Swansea (0-4) square off Friday with the winner avoiding a last-place finish. Swansea’s additional motivation is to avoid a winless campaign for the first time in memory. The Tigers worst performance since 1960 was a 1-9 showing in 1968.
Region 6-3A: Darlington is the odd-team out in the five-team region. District rivals Crestwood (3-0) and Lakewood (2-1) tangle Friday in Gatorland for the No. 1 seed. Marlboro County (1-2) takes on Camden (2-1) in Friday’s other region bout. Things could get messy in terms of tie-breakers if Lakewood and Camden score upsets on Friday, but the four teams have nothing to lose.