The Warriors had lost three in a row after a 6-0 start, but they’ve won the past two weeks by a total of 10 points.
On Friday, Jefferson County beat Southeast Bulloch 32-29 to advance to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs. The win advanced the Warriors to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Jefferson County had moved to the second round in Class AA back in 2011.
This year, the Warriors will play No. 4 Carver (Columbus) in the second round.
TOUGHER TEST: Getting through the third round of the Class AA Division II playoffs hasn’t been a problem for Silver Bluff in recent years.
But the Bulldogs, who beat Barnwell 28-0 in the second round, will be challenged when they play host to Woodland on Friday night.
Woodland defeated Kingstree, 28-6, on Friday night to set up a clash of 10-1 teams.
The Wolverines’ only loss came to Bishop England, the team that has eliminated Silver Bluff in the Lower State finals the past two seasons.
“They’ve got a lot of great athletes, a little bit more speed,” Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. “They’ve been scoring a bunch of points. We’re one of the final four in Lower State and hopefully we can go a little further this year.”
SURVIVE AND ADVANCE: Burke County pounded Crisp County, 61-19, but the Bears will have plenty to work on in practice this week. The Bears muffed two extra-point opportunities in the second half, the holder having an issue with two snaps on the point-after plays.
Worse, the Cougars lit up the Bears’ secondary to the tune of 331 passing yards, most coming in the second half.
“The good news is we live to fix it,” Burke County coach Eric Parker said. “We’re going to try to come back next week and get a little better at it.”
WORK TO DO: North Augusta took care of business in the first round of the Class AAAA Division II playoffs, but coach Dan Pippin is aware of the team’s faults in the playoff opener.
The Yellow Jackets rolled to a 42-11 win over Laurens on Friday night, crusing after leading by 32 at halftime.
But Pippin said corrections will be made during this week’s practice.
“We kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” he said. “We played sloppy at times, and we have to do better.”
Despite any flaws during the opening-round matchup, North Augusta racked up 381 yards of offense, including three rushing touchdowns by Willie McCloud and two receiving scores by Keyon West.
The Yellow Jackets will face Beaufort in the second round of the playoffs.
Staff writers John Boyette, Chris Gay and David Lee contributed to this story.