Three questions answered; three things we don't know; top performers; next week's top games; and more.
THREE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Chesterfield's dominance endures
Coach Steve Taneyhill's Rams continue to be an unstoppable force in Class A. Chesterfield reached its fourth consecutive state championship game and logged its third state championship in a row by beating Lamar 36-6 at Orangeburg on Friday. Chesterfield will carry a 24-game winning streak into 2010.
Williston-Elko can win close
The unbeaten Blue Devils entered Friday's Class A Division II state championship game averaging 51 points per game and their smallest margin of victory was 20 points. Scott's Branch played the Blue Devils tough but Willston-Elko won 34-26 to post the school's first undefeated season since 1979.
Bruce Ellington is that good
The South Carolina basketball recruit, one of the nation's best point guards, scored four touchdowns, rushing for 230 yards on 26 carries, and completed 9 of 12 passes for 84 yards in the Stags' 38-35 double-overtime victory against Goose Creek in the Class 4A Division II seminfinals.
THREE THINGS WE DON'T KNOW
Can Dorman's defense stifle Byrnes?
Top-ranked Byrnes has scored 750 points, averaging 53.6 points per game. Only one team in the state has held the Rebels below 40 points and that is Dorman, which the Rebels will meet for the Class 4A Division I state championship Saturday. Byrnes sweated out a 17-10 victory on Oct. 23.
Can Myrtle Beach complete the repeat task?
The defending Class 3A state champion Seahawks have rolled through the season, losing only to Byrnes, despite changing coaches. Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium against Clinton, first-year coach Mickey Wilson gets a chance to claim a state championship, following in the steps of current Chapin coach Scott Early.
Can Central Pageland exact revenge?
The Class 2A state final gives Central Pageland a chance to avenge last year's 7-6 championship loss to Dillon. Both won Friday night to ensure a rematch. Dillon beat Manning 30-14 while Central subdued Abbeville 34-7.
THREE TOP PERFORMERS
Quintin Singleton, Scott's Branch
Ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 40 bruising carries as Scott's Branch fell 34-26 to Williston-Elko in the Class A Division II state championship game at Orangeburg.
Adam Humphries, Dorman
Helped the Cavaliers stuff Gaffney 10-0 by recording a pair of interceptions.
Marcus Lattimore, Byrnes
In his final home game, the senior running back gained 186 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Rebels blasted Spartanburg 51-16.
THREE TOP GAMES FOR NEXT WEEK
Dorman vs. Byrnes, noon Saturday
The Class 4A Division I state final at Williams-Brice Stadium figures to be gripping as the Spartanburg County rivals meet for the second time. Dorman beat Byrnes in the regular season last year before losing in the playoffs. This year, Byrnes won in the regular season.
Berkeley vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m. Friday
The Class 4A Division II state championship game features the running and throwing talents of Berkeley quarterback Bruce Ellington against a Northwestern defense playing its best football. Ellington plays his final prep game at Williams-Brice Stadium on the same campus where he will continue his basketball career.
Dillon vs. Central Pageland, 3 p.m Saturday
The Class 2A state championship is a rematch that will be held in a different venue. Dillon edged Central Pageland 7-6 last December at Clemson's Memorial Stadium.