At Pageland, Tyon Williams rushed 17 times for 103 yards and a touchdown to lift Newberry to a 21-14 win over Central in the Class 2A, Division I playoffs.
Newberry’s Malik Glymph sacked Central’s Debias Tyson for 5-yard loss late in the game to help preserve the win.
Newberry (10-3) travels to Fairfield Central next week to play for the Upper State championship. Central finishes at 9-3.
N—Tovaris Cureton 75 kick return (Jose Lozano kick).
N—Khalil Sheppard 1 run (Lozano kick).
N—Tyon Williams 25 run (Lozano kick).
C—Deon Walker 18 fumble return (Joseph Rollings kick).
C—Walker fumble recovery in end zone (Rollings kick).
GAFFNEY 28, STRATFORD 12
At Gaffney, the physical Gaffney Indians took over in the second half and out-toughed Stratford for a victory that sets up a home rematch with Byrnes for the 4A-Division I upper state championship.
Stratford featured 6-foot-4, 208-pound strong-armed quarterback Jacob Park and was looking to attack via the air, but Gaffney made the Knights so one-dimensional that they were able to stave a majority of big plays following the game’s opener.
Park tossed a 57-yard completion to Chris White on the first play from scrimmage before the Knights missed a 35-yard field goal try. The Indians held them to 62 yards on 26 rushes and a poor completion rate, with 293 passing yards coming on 15 of 44 passing.
Gaffney was able to move the ball in the first half mostly on the legs of Hyleck Foster and the shiftiness of quarterback Shaq Davidson, but ended with little to show for it. The Indians were stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Knights’ 15 and Davidson later lost a fumble into the end zone after gaining a first-down from the 8.
Foster finally dove in from 1 yard out with 2:49 left in the first half.