Evans picked up an accomplishment Friday night it hasn’t seen in nearly a decade, and now the Knights are going for another.
After beating Heritage 42-35 to win the Region 3-AAAAAA championship, its first since 2008, Evans is now aiming for its first playoff win since 2007. The Knights will play host to Drew in the first round this coming Friday.
Evans has scored more than 40 points in nine of its 10 games this season and boasts one of the top-producing offenses in the state. That production continued against defending region champion Heritage on Friday night and will be needed to keep alive one of the school’s most memorable seasons so far.
Grovetown topped Lakeside 24-7 on Friday night and now turns its attention to another first in program history. The Warriors earned their first home playoff game by picking up the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AAAAAA, and they’ll play host to Lovejoy this coming Friday in the first round.
Lakeside earned the No. 4 seed from the region and will travel to Tucker in the first round.
In Class AAAA, Burke County enters as a No. 1 seed for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals in 2013. The Bears will play host to No. 4 seed Salem from Region 4. No. 2 seed Thomson will play host to North Clayton in the first round.
The top seed from Region 4 is already set and will present a tough task for Richmond Academy, which will travel to Woodward Academy in its first playoff bid since 2010.
In Class AA, Screven County beat Jefferson County for the Region 4-AA championship and another No. 1 seed. The Gamecocks await their Region 3 opponent along with the Warriors, who enter as a No. 2 seed.
Butler beat Glenn Hills 34-30 on Friday night to earn the final seed from the region and make the playoffs for the second time in three years. The Bulldogs will travel to Dodge County in the first round.
The Class A brackets have yet to be filled, but Aquinas will earn a bye in the first round of the Private playoffs after beating previously undefeated Stratford Academy 30-27 for the Region 7-A championship Friday night.
SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYOFFS
North Augusta’s shocking first-round loss to Westwood on Friday night means one Class AAAA area school remains.
South Aiken beat Ridge View and will travel to No. 1 seed Greer in the second round. The Thoroughbreds are at full strength and capable of another deep postseason run after reaching the semifinals last year.
Dillon beat Strom Thurmond 35-7 to knock out the area’s lone Class AAA program.
In Class AA, Barnwell received a bye in the first round and will now travel to Andrews in the second round this coming Friday. Andrews is a fellow No. 2 seed and earned the home game according to the bracket.
In Class A, McCormick will play host to Lewisville in the second round. Lewisville beat Wagener-Salley 31-2 in the first round. Williston-Elko will play host to Dixie, while Ridge Spring-Monetta will play host to Timmonsville.
HARLEM 35, WESTSIDE 0
Harlem went over 3,000 yards rushing as a team for the first time in school history Friday night.
The rushing duo of A.J. Brown and Cameron Garnett again took its toll on an opponent as the Bulldogs routed Westside. Brown totaled 171 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Garnett had 117.
Harlem will travel to Dublin in the first round of the Class AA playoffs this coming Friday. It’s the Bulldogs’ first postseason appearance since 2001.
H-Abijah Ary 2 pass from Chase Pennington (Jeremy Glidewell kick), 7:52
H-A.J. Brown 15 run (Gliewell kick), 2:32
H-Cedric Cullers 25 pass from Pennington (Glidewell kick), 6:39
H-Brown 30 run (Glidewell kick), 3:37
H-Brown 26 run (Glidewell kick), 10:28.
Rushing: Harlem: Brown 12-171, Cameron Garnett 9-117.
Passing: Harlem: Pennington 3-7-1-49, Colton Lopez 2-5-1-31.
Receiving: Harlem-Cullers 1-25, Michael Carroll 1-22.
GREENBRIER 21, ALCOVY 10
Greenbrier’s season ended on a positive note Friday night with a victory over Alcovy.
Wolfpack star junior running back J.Q. Brown rushed 21 times for 119 yards and a touchdown in the final game of their season. Brown totaled 1,422 yards and 20 touchdowns to lead Greenbrier this year.
GB-Jonquavous Brown 2-yd run (John Waters kick good)
AL-37-yd field goal
GB-Levi Lloyd 13-yd pass from Hayden Harrison (Waters kick good)
GB-Harrison 36-yd run (Waters kick good)
AL-18-yd pass (kick good)
Rushing: GB: Jonquavous Brown 21-119; Hayden Harrison 13-87; Jaden Smith 4-27; Anthony Urbizo 8-9; John Waters 4-8.
Passing: GB: Hayden Harrison 6-12-48.
Receiving: GB: Ayden Panzella 3-19; Levi Lloyd 1-13; Jack O’Leary 1-11; Jonquavous Brown 1-5.
WESTWOOD 23, NORTH AUGUSTA 13
NA-Johnson 14 yd catch (PAT)
WHS-98 yard kickoff return (PAT)
WHS-25 yard pass (PAT fails)
WHS-17 yard pass (PAT)
WHS-32 yd FG
NA-Collins 14 yard catch (2pt fails)
RUSHING-NA: McKinniss 12-70 Washington 5-(-)16 Johnson 2-4
Receiving-NA: Lee 5-66 Collins 4-63-1 Johnson 4-34-1 Bell 3-46 McKinniss 3-52 Walker 1-4
Passing-NA: Washington 20-30-219-2-2
THOMSON 69, RICHMOND ACADEMY 34
RUSHING-Richmond Academy: Malik Knowles 26-110, Mason Cobb 9-55, Chris Darlington 6-46, Clydell White III 1-2.
PASSING-Richmond Academy: Cobb 11-21-1 207.
RECEIVING-Richmond Academy: D.T. Stephens 6-129, White 3-58, Darlington 1-16, Teaco Goudy 1-4.
WASHINGTON-WILKES 27, TATTNALL SQUARE 25
WW-Malik Hall 1 run (run failed)
T-Allen 25 run (kick failed)
WW-Corey Danner 11 run (Donovan Anthony kick)
T-Vining 2 pass from Mack (Pruitt kick)
WW-Brock Jackson 9 pass from Anthony (Anthony kick)
T-Mack 5 run (pass failed)
WW-Danner 57 run (Anthony kick)
T-Mack 10 run (run failed)
RUSHING-Tattnall Square: Mack 13-120, Allen 8-66, Marshall 5-26, Vining 5-23, Spears 5-15, Morris 2-5, Franklin 1-3. Washington-Wilkes: Corey Danner 13-164, Malik Hall 14-78, Donovan Anthony 9-36.
PASSING-Tattnall Square: Mack 2-2 44, Morris 3-7 9. Washington-Wilkes: Anthony 9-17-1 123.
RECEIVING-Tattnall Square: Franklin 3-47, Allen 1-4, Vining 1-2. Washington-Wilkes: Deondre Lester 4-71, Danner 2-32, Hall 1-9, Brock Jackson 1-9, Raekwon Binns 1-2.
BRENTWOOD 14, SOUTHWEST GEORGIA 6
BW Caleb Johns 1-yd run (Zeb Chapman kick good), 6:00
SG Keyshawn Jackson 69-yd run (2-pt no good), 9:54
BW Payton Massengale 1-yd run (Chapman kick good), 0:15
First Downs 146
Passing Yards 3210
Rushing: BW: Payton Massengale 24-130; Chase Everett 4-24; Caleb Johns 10-36; Jay Musselwhite 6-16; Colby Johnson 3-40. SG: BB Tedder 3-9; Cameron Granger 16-71; KJ Warren 11-30; Keyshawn Jackson 11-90; Holden Phillips 1-3.
Passing: BW: Payton Massengale 2-7-32. SG: Keyshawn Jackson 1-7-10
Receiving: BW: Jay Musselwhite 2-32. SG: Cameron Granger 1-10.