High School Sports

Football: Boiling Springs at Sumter

Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Boiling Spring notes: No matter what happens this week, Boiling Spring is assured of having its best season in history under first-year coach Bruce Clark. The Bulldogs stand at 8-3, topping the previous top mark of 8-5 in 1996. Winning in the playoffs for the first time since 1996 would be another nice touch … The idea will be for the Bulldogs to do what it does best – run the football, control the clock. Boiling Springs has 2361 yards rushing, but can also throw it effectively as their 1288 passing yards attests. The workhorse is Josh Murph, who has more than 1800 yards rushing to date and 20 touchdowns.

Sumter notes: The Gamecocks (9-2) took out a lot of frustration in the wake of a loss to Conway in the Region 6-4A title game, blitzing Hartsville 62-26 in the regular season finale. It was the highest scoring game in school history, topping the mark set last year in a 61-27 conquest of Spring Valley … Quarterback Stephen Curtis was 15-for-21 passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns in the romp, while Roderick McDowell had 96 yards and one TD by land and caught three passes for 320 yards and another tally … For the season, Curtis is 100-for-173 passing for 1636 yards and 20 TDs. McDowell has 1329 yards rushing on 168 carries, 16 receptions for 239 yards, 11 kickoff returns for 335 yards and 21 touchdowns … Sumter sports a 42-31 playoff record, including a 2-5 mark in state championship games. The Gamecocks, however, have not made it out of the second round since losing to Gaffney in the 2003 Big 16 title bout.

Series history: The teams are meeting for the second year in a row in the first round of the Classs 4A Division I playoffs. The Gamecocks came away with a 55-14 win in the schools’ first-ever football encounter.

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