Batesburg-Leesville at Barnwell, 8 p.m.
Panthers -- Phil Strickland (10-3); Warhorses -- Mac Wier (13-0).
Batesburg-Leesville -- LB Michael Humphrey (Sr., 6-1, 190); DB/WR Eric Derrick (Sr., 5-10. 170); OL Jeph Watson (Sr., 6-4, 290); PK Michael Ellisor (Sr., 5-11, 165). Barnwell -- QB Marcus Robinson (Sr., 6-1, 175); RB Andre Smith (Sr., 6-3, 204); QB/DB Daniel Creech (So., 6-3, 175); TE/DE Avesta Connor (Sr., 5-10, 187).
No. 1 Barnwell is one step away from returning to the Class AA championship game. The Warhorses fell 21-19 to Pageland-Central in the 1997 title game. ... The No. 9 Panthers have won two consecutive road games to get to the Lower State championship game. ... Warhorse RBAndre Smith broke the 1,000-yard barrier last week when he picked up 171 yards in Barnwell's 31-7 victory at Swansea. The senior has 1,109 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. ... Barnwell QB Marcus Robinson has thrown for 1,040 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. ... Panther coach Phil Strickland is 2-0 against Barnwell during his seven-year tenure including a 35-0 victory in the 1995 state championship game.
Emerald at Pageland-Central, 8 p.m.
Vikings -- Frank Hill (10-3)Eagles -- Al Usher (11-2).
EmeraldOL Benny Crawford (6-3, 285);QB David Hill; TB Evan Cannon, FB Tim Brown. Central -- TB Carl Blakeney (Jr., 5-11, 200); DL Demond Funderburk (Jr., 6-2, 210); OG Josh Johnson.
Pageland-Central lost eight seniors off last year's Class AA championship team but returns to the Upper State title game for the third time in five years.
Calhoun Falls at Lewisville, 8 p.m.
Blue Flashes -- Jimmy Towe (12-1); Lions -- Bennie McMurray (10-3)
Calhoun Falls -- TB Chuck Rogers; FB/LB Bosie Hudson; OL/DL Charles Wideman. Lewisville -- QB Hall Spiller (Sr., 5-11, 170); RB Marion Brown (Sr., 5-8, 172); WR Derek Montgomery (Sr., 6-2, 180); WR Antwan Robinson (Jr., 5-9, 150).
No. 3 Calhoun Falls is the highest-ranked Class A team still alive in the playoffs. The Blue Flashes have had a tremendous turnaround this year. They finished 3-7 in the 1997 regular season and have advanced to the Upper State championship game.
Lamar at Johnsonville, 8 p.m.
Silver Foxes -- J.R. Boyd (10-3); The Flashes -- Doug Hinson (11-2)
Lamar -- DL Reggie Gee (Jr., 5-5, 155); LB Dewayne Martin (Jr., 5-11, 222), LB Clint Boyd (6-3, 210); QB Dewitt Ellerbe (6-2, 185). Johnsonville -- QB Jim Maxwell (Sr., 6-4, 185); RB Andre Thompkins (5-9, 165); WR Deon Generette (Jr., 5-11, 160); DL Norman McFadden (So., 5-8, 260).
Lamar upset defending state champ Lake View in the second round of the Class A playoffs. The Silver Foxes then sent Timmonsville home with a 14-12 victory last week. This Lower State championship game features No. 6 Johnsonville and No. 9 Lamar.
Fairfield-Central at Daniel, 8 p.m.
Griffins -- Charlie Macaluso (12-1); Lions -- Allen Sitterle (11-2)
Fairfield-Central -- RB Scott Young (Sr., 5-9, 180); RB Brent Mack (Sr., 5-11, 200); OL Jonathan Harvey (Jr., 6-3, 310). Daniel -- OL Kevin Breedlove (Sr., 6-4, 300); QB Chris Gaines (Jr., 6-0, 170); WR Delano Brown (6-2, 185).
In a rematch of last year's Class AAA state championship game, No.2 Fairfield-Central takes on No. 5 Daniel in the Upper State championship game. This game features one of the state's top players, Daniel OL Kevin Breedlove, who has been recruited by colleges from across the nation. ... Griffin RB T.J. Cantey has rushed for more than 1,100 yards this season.
Manning at Newberry, 8 p.m.
Monarchs -- Barry Avant (12-1); Bulldogs -- Sam Baird (11-2)
Key players: Manning -- QB Trey King (Sr., 5-8, 160); FB Pat Fleming (6-2, 230); CB Brian Mance (6-0, 185); OL Jeff Dennis (Sr., 6-2, 290). Newberry -- QB Tony Wilson (Sr., 6-1, 180); RB Jermaine Harris (Sr., 5-11, 195); WR Donald Abrams.
Game notes: No. 3 Manning faces No. 8 Newberry for the Lower State championship. Manning is looking to return to the Class AAA championship game for the first time since 1994. Newberry assistant coach Zach Norris will coach his boys basketball team in the 100 Black Men tournament at Augusta State today at 1:30 p.m., then return home for the football game.
Marlboro Co. at Greenwood, 8 p.m.
Coaches/record: Bulldogs -- Dean Boyd (13-0); Eagles -- Shell Dula (11-2)
Key players: Marlboro -- OL Keith Jones (Jr., 6-1, 266); DL Ervin Manning (Sr., 6-3, 320); LB Quan Williams (Sr., 5-10, 195); QB Darrin Bradford (Sr., 6-3, 180). Greenwood -- QB Anthony Logan; RB Tory Griffin; WR Cory Strong.
Game notes: No. 3 Marlboro Co. faces No. 7 Greenwood in the Class AAAA Division II Upper State Championship. The Bulldogs are under the direction of former Willison-Elko coach Dean Boyd. The Bulldogs lost their first six games last season but have reeled off 17 wins in their last 18 games.
Walterboro at Ridge View, 8 p.m.
Coaches/record: Bulldogs -- Leroy Riley (11-2); Blazers -- Kirk Burnett (10-3)
Key players: Walterboro -- QB Damien Cunningham (Sr., 6-4, 210); RB Keith Kelly (Jr., 5-11, 185); DT Arthur Mayes (Sr., 6-3, 290).Ridge View -- LB Chad Speights (Sr., 6-0, 195); TB Cedric Garland; QB Darrell Nesbit.
Game notes: No. 9 Ridge View made a successful jump from Class AAA to Class AAAA. The Blazers meet the defending Class AAAA Division II champion Bulldogs in the Lower State Championship game.
Dorman at Summerville, 8 p.m.
Coaches/record: Cavaliers -- Dave Gutshall (10-3); Green Wave -- John McKissick (13-0)
Key players: Dorman -- LB Larry Neely (Sr., 6-0, 210); QB Curtis Nash (Jr., 6-1, 175); RB Keith Sortor (Sr., 6-0, 200). Summerville -- TB Bernard Rambert (Sr., 6-0, 180); RB Jason Dennis (5-10, 190); DL Preston Thorne (Jr., 6-1, 250).Game notes: Unranked Dorman meets No. 1 Summerville in the Class AAAA Division I Upper State championship game. Green Wave coach John McKissick is the nation's all-time winningest high school coach with 450 career wins. He has also won nine state championships.
Gaffney at Sumter, 8 p.m.
Coaches/record: Indians -- Joe Montgomery (11-2); Gamecocks -- Tom Lewis (11-2)
Key players: Gaffney -- RB Germer Byers (Sr., 5-10, 180); QB Travis Hemphill (Sr., 5-10, 190); DL Jeff Littlejohn (So., 6-3, 280); DB Michael Proctor (Sr., 5-10, 170). Sumter -- QB Bryan Merrick (Sr., 6-2, 170); TB Jamacia Jackson (Jr., 6-1, 185); OL Greg Walker (Sr., 6-4, 288).Game notes: No. 4 Gaffney travels to No. 10 Sumter in the Division I Lower State championship game. The Indians are looking to return to Columbia where they defeated Northwestern 37-30 in the 1997 state championship game.
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