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Goose Creek wins first South Carolina state title

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Goose Creek won its first state football championship by scoring the final 23 points to beat Greenwood 37-21 in the South Carolina Class AAAA Division II state championship game.

Greenwood (13-2) tied it at 14 just before halftime Saturday, then took the lead on Kevon Harrison’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Goose Creek (14-1) asserted itself late in the third by blocking a punt. Nine plays later, Virgil Smalls plowed in from the 1 to tie the game at 21.

Goose Creek blocked another punt for a safety and a 23-21 lead.

Smalls again scored from a yard out, and Tramel Terry capped it with a
31-yard TD run with 5:13 remaining.

Caleb Kinlaw led Goose Creek with 130 yards rushing.

CLASS AAAA DIVISION I

BYRNES 31, GAFFNEY 24

In Clemson, S.C., Byrnes used two defensive touchdowns to spark its upset of top-ranked Gaffney.

Gaffney (14-1) outgained Byrnes
(13-2) 403-239, but Skip Barnes returned an interception 30 yards and Melvin Armstrong returned a fumble 60 yards for touchdowns for the Rebels.

It is the second consecutive season Byrnes has avenged a regular-season loss and beaten the state’s top-ranked and undefeated No. 1 in the title game.

Gaffney’s Joey Copeland threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns and had two interceptions. Quinshad Davis, the state’s player of the year, had 184 yards receiving and a score.

Shakeem Wharton gained 100 yards rushing for the Rebels, who won their 12th state title and eighth in the past 10 seasons.

CLASS AAA

SOUTH POINTE 42, BLUFFTON 27

In Clemson, S.C., Corey Neely returned two punts for touchdowns, sending South Pointe to a rout of previously-unbeaten Bluffton.

Manzy Miller added rushing scores of 6 and 8 yards for South Pointe (14-1).

Jerry Scott had three rushing touchdowns for Bluffton (14-1).

CLASS AA DIVISION I

TIMBERLAND 20, WOODRUFF 3

In Columbia, Classe Thompson rushed for 114 yards and scored a touchdown to lead Timberland past Woodruff 20-3 on Friday night, securing the first state title in football in the school’s history.

The Wolves (14-1) rolled up 322 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns in the second half before a crowd of 7,089 at Charles W. Johnson Stadium.

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