High School Sports

Football: Gaffney at Sumter

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

Gaffney notes: Gaffney (7-5) may have suffered through a relatively sub-par regular season, but the Indians of coach Phil Strickland certainly opened the Class 4A Division I playoffs on an impressive note – crushing Summerville 40-10 on the road in the first round last week … The Indians engulfed the Green Wave with 512 offensive yards in the surprisingly easy win. Quarterback Deedward Burris was 12-for-20 passing for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for more than 100 yards. Powerful Jeremiah Cochran finished with 99 yards rushing and two TDs … The Gaffney defense limited Summerville to 223 yards, and did not surrender an offensive touchdown. The lone Green Wave TD came on a kickoff return … Gaffney sports a 58-26 playoff record (including six state championships) since 1970.

Sumter notes: The Gamecocks (10-2) rolled 49-13 against Boiling Springs is the first round of the playoffs last week. Quarterback Stephen Curtis had 133 yards passing and two scoring throws and ran for 84 yards and one TD in the rout of the Bulldogs … For the season, Curtis is 109-for-196 passing for 1779 yards and 22 TDs with just eight interceptions. Roderick McDowell is the other offensive headliner with 1414 yards rushing and 18 TDs by land, 18 catches for 262 yards and three scores by air and 23 touchdowns and 140 total points … Quinn McClendon (122 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions) and Timmy Rogers (107 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception) are the leaders on defense … Sumter is 43-31 in playoff matters through the years, and is seeking its first state championship since 1990.

Series history: Tradition alone points to a Gaffney win. After all, the Indians are 7-0 all-time vs. the Gamecocks, including a 21-14 second-round playoff win last year that ended Sumter’s season.

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