Fox Creek broke a school record last week with its ninth win of the season. The 41-21 victory over Southside Christian came at home in the first round of the Class A Division II state playoffs, and the team received more good news the following morning.
The South Carolina Football Coaches Association selected Predators coach Russ Schneider as a Palmetto Champions All-Star Coach, according to a statement released by the team.
Schneider, the only coach the 7-year-old program has known, has led the Predators to a 9-2 record this year. He’ll be honored at the Palmetto Champions All-Star Football Banquet on Dec. 1 along with 25 players and nine other coaches from around the state.
“I am humbled to be considered for this award,” Schneider said in the statement. “It is truly an honor to be selected considering the great coaches in the state of South Carolina. I’m blessed to have the support of my administration, coaching staff, players and community.”
The fourth-seeded Predators will travel to Greenville, S.C. this week to face top-seed Christ Church (10-1) in the second round.
PLAYOFF POINTS: Tickets to South Carolina High School League state playoff games were raised to $7 this year. Six area South Carolina teams made the SCHSL postseason and four will play at home this week:
• No. 5 North Augusta will play host to No. 12 J.L. Mann in a Class AAAA Division II first-round game.
• No. 2 Strom Thurmond will play host to No. 7 Keenan in the second round of the Class AA Division I bracket.
• No. 3 Silver Bluff will get a second-round home game against No. 11 Aynor in the Class AA Division II.
• No. 2 Williston-Elko will play host to No. 6 McCormick in a Class A Division II
PRIVATE AFFAIR: Wardlaw (11-0) will play host to a South Carolina Independent Schools Association 8-man state semifinals game Friday night.
The Patriots, who went 12-0 two years ago en route to a state championship, are the top seed out of Region 1 and will face Region II runner up Clarendon Hall.
SECOND CHANCE: Augusta Christian will travel to Hammond for a SCISA Class AAA state semifinals meeting. The Lions (8-4) made the same trip three weeks ago and lost 21-20 after an Augusta Christian two-point converstion came up short with 28 seconds left.