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Gamecock commits Zacch Pickens, Kevin Harris play key roles in teams’ playoff openers

5-star USC commit Zacch Pickens in action on Friday night

South Carolina football commitment Zacch Picken and the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets take on Emerald in the 2018 season opener.
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South Carolina football commitment Zacch Picken and the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets take on Emerald in the 2018 season opener.

South Carolina commits Zacch Pickens, Kevin Harris and Luke Doty got their postseason runs started with a pair of wins Friday night.

Pickens, the five-star defensive lineman caught his first touchdown of the season and also ran for a score in T.L. Hanna’s 56-20 win over Spartanburg. The senior finished with 71 yards rushing and now has 13 rushing touchdowns this season.

Pickens will face fellow USC commit Jamario Holley in the second round when TL Hanna faces Northwestern. Holley started his final playoff run in a big way Thursday night. The Northwestern receiver scored five touchdowns in the 54-35 win over Boiling Springs in the 5A playoffs.

Holley finished with 274 yards of total offense in the win. The receiver returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a TD and an also ran in a four-yard score in the fourth quarter to give Northwestern a 40-28 lead.

Holley finished with six catches for 162 yards and two TDs.

Harris, a Class of 2019 running back, ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in Bradwell Institute’s 28-21 win over Grovetown in the first round of the Georgia 6A playoffs. It was Harris’ eighth straight 100-yard rushing game and he has gained almost 1,500 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns this season.

Doty, the Class of 2020 commit, was 10-of-20 for 143 yards and a TD in Myrtle Beach’s 57-7 win over Dreher. The quarterback didn’t need to do much as teammate Jermani Green rushed for 276 yards and five touchdowns.

Class of 2019

Devontae Davis (Georgia Military) – Plays Lackawanna College on Saturday. Defensive end has 28 tackles and four sacks this season.

Jahkeem Green (Highland CC JC) – Had five tackles against Western College on Saturday in regular-season finale. Finished with 67 tackles and 2 ½ sacks this season.

Ryan Hilinski (Orange Lutheran HS, Calif.) – Season complete.

Traevon Kenion (Wake Forest HS, NC) – Had a 63-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Wake Forest’s 70-7 win over Corinth. It was Wake Forest’s 41st straight victory.

Keveon Mullins (Whitehaven HS, Tenn) – Caught a TD pass in 31-27 playoff win over Houston.

Cam Smith (Westwood) – Had three tackles in Westwood’s playoff win.

Keshawn Toney (Williston-Elko) - Had three catches in Williston-Elko’s playoff win.

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