Tuesday was a very good day for Midlands entries in the first round of the Class 3A state boys soccer playoffs.
Fourth-ranked Chapin (14-7-1), 10th ranked Brookland-Cayce (14-8-2) and 13th A.C. Flora (14-5) all prevail in home matches, while Airport and Dreher pulled off road upsets. Lugoff-Elgin and Camden were eliminated.
Chapin received two goals from Joey DeMare and one from Evan DeStone in a 3-0 success against Travelers Rest. DeMare now has a team-leading 25 goals, but DeYoung’s tally was his first of the season. The Eagles host Pickens in second-round play on Thursday.
Brookland-Cayce rolled over Stall 9-0 as top producer Taylor Lewis scored four times for the second match in a row. Taylor now has 30 goals. Josh Boarwright, Thomas Harris, Rico Jackson and Greg Stone had the other B-C tallies. Harris is second on the club with eight goals. The Bearcats have a demanding second-round match on tap at North Myrtle Beach. The fifth-ranked Chiefs had a similarly easy time of it in the first-round, blasting Crestwood 12-0.
A.C. Flora is on a roll. The Falcons conquest of the visiting Red Raiders was their fourth win in a row, the eight in the last nine matches. ACF has a road date at 12th ranked Daniel on Thursday.
Airport (15-9) staged a little drama at Hilton Head. The Eagles’ 1-0 victory was not assured until senior Jamie Sires scored on a header off a throw-in by freshman Charles Shivers in the 80th minute (stoppage time). The 15th ranked Eagles get a second-round home match out of the deal, thanks to St. James’ 4-1 win over Region 6-3A champion Wilson. The Sharks were the fourth-place team in Region 7-3A.
Dreher ruined the storybook season of Bluffton with a 2-0 win. The host Bobcats went 18 matches without a mishap on the way to the Region 8-3A championship before running into the Blue Devils, the No. 4 seed out of Region 5-3A. Leading scorer Byron Quinatoa scored both Blue Devils goals in the first half, and freshman keeper Bishop Kinale, subbing for injured regular Joel Porter, made the margin hold up the rest of the way. Dreher hits the road to play Myrtle Beach on Thursday.