TRADITIONALLY, week zero has been reserved for jamborees across the state. But a few years ago, teams began scheduling games for this week, and would often try to find a team that was a sure win for the upcoming season.
Well, so much for tune-up games this week. Several of the top-ranked teams in the state have tough opponents for their season openers on Friday night.
Here’s a look at the top tickets for this week.
1. IRMO AT SOUTH POINTE
2. NORTHWESTERN AT GAFFNEY
3. CENTRAL (PAGELAND) AT DILLON
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Three games to keep an eye on being played by South Carolina teams against teams from outside of the state:
• 4A No. 1 Byrnes is on the road to take on Oscar Smith (Virginia). The Rebels are ranked No. 7 nationally and O.S. is ranked No. 19.
4A No.6 Dutch Fork will travel to Kentucky to take on St. Xavier, which played in the Kentucky semifinals last season.
• 3A No. 6 Strom Thurmond will host East Christian Academy from Maryland, which is nationally ranked at No. 77 by Rivals.com.
Baxter’s Blitz, which appears in The State on Mondays and Thursdays, is written by Jim Baxter, the owner of scvarsity.com. Read his columns on midlandspreps.com