High School Football

Dutch Fork leads list of Midlands teams ranked in SC preseason high school football poll

SC Prep Football Preseason Media Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Class 5A

1. Dutch Fork (12)

2. Gaffney

3. Fort Dorchester

4. Byrnes

5. Dorman

6. T.L.Hanna

7. Sumter

8. Blythewood

9. River Bluff

10. Greenwood

Others receiving votes: West Florence, Carolina Forest, Summerville, Berkeley, Conway, Boiling Springs

Class 4A

1. Myrtle Beach (12)

2. Greer

3. Hartsville

4. Daniel

5. Ridge View

6. North Myrtle Beach

7. South Pointe

8. North Augusta

9. Belton Honea Path

10. Wilson

Others receiving votes: Westwood, Bluffton, Wren, York, Brookland-Cayce, Greenville, Marlboro County, Eastside

Class 3A

1. Chester (8)

2. Dillon (3)

3. Chapman (1)

4. Union County

5. Strom Thurmond

6. May River

7. Fairfield Central

8. Wade Hampton (H)

9. Camden

10. Woodruff

Others receiving votes: Newberry, Gilbert, Pendleton, Hanahan, Southside, Aynor, Cheraw, Broome, Manning

Class 2A

1. Abbeville (12)

2. Barnwell

3. Timberland

4. (tie) Gray Collegiate

Southside Christian

6. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

7. Carvers Bay

8. Oceanside Collegiate

9. Saluda

10. Hannah-Pamplico

Others receiving votes- Pageland Central, Cheraw, Woodland, Ninety-Six, North Central, Mullins, Whale Branch, Lee Central, Fox Creek, Blacksburg

Class A

1. Lamar (3)

2. Green Sea Floyds (8)

3. Wagener-Salley (1)

4. Lake View

5. Baptist Hill

6. Hemingway

7. Ridge Spring-Monetta

8. Dixe

9. (tie) Blackville-HIlda


Others receiving votes- Williston-Elko, McCormick, C.E. Murray, Bethune-Bowman, Great Falls, St. John’s, Cross, Whitmire.

Voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Lou Bezjak, The State; Travis Jenkins, Chester News & Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Geoff Preston, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Ian Guerin, MyHorryNews.com; Kyle Dawson, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Justin Jarrett, Lowcountry Sports; ; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; ; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier.

Lou Bezjak is the High School Sports Prep Coordinator for The State and Island Packet. He has covered high school sports in South Carolina for 16 years and is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.