Greenville High’s football team will leave school today at the same time as it did a week ago. The Red Raiders will head down Interstate 26 and stop at Fatz Cafe for lunch, same as last week.
“We’re going to do just about the same routine,” Greenville coach Phil Magdic said. “We’re going to make a left this time instead of going straight.”
The Raiders are headed to Chester today instead of Chapin, but they’re hoping the trip results in similar success.
Greenville (8-3) will play at Chester (7-4) at 7:30 p.m. in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
The Raiders began the postseason with a 35-21 victory at Chapin. Chester, the Region 3 champion, is at home again after a 49-34 win over Emerald.
“They spread it most of the time,” Magdic said of the Cyclones. “They’re big up front. Our front defensively is pretty athletic, so I hope that compensates for (their size).”
Offensively the Raiders are in the best shape they’ve been in all season. Junior quarterback Clark Scolamiero has returned after missing time with a shoulder injury. He passed for 111 yards and rushed for 72 against Chapin.
Magdic said both the receivers and the line have made great strides, and senior running back Jamond Thomason is “the best surprise we’ve had all year.”
Thomason has rushed for more than 1,100 yards this season, including 155 and four touchdowns against Chapin.
* The Greenville-Chester winner will move on to the third round against either Lower Richland (5-6) or Daniel (9-2), who will play tonight at Singleton Field in Central.
Daniel has allowed eight points or fewer in eight of 11 games and has given up averages of 194 yards and 8.8 points.
* Easley (9-2) also will be on the road, taking on Northwestern (9-2) in the first round of the Class AAAA Division II playoffs.
Two years ago, the Green Wave won at Beaufort before losing at Goose Creek. Easley also was victorious in the first round last year, winning at home against Wren before losing at Greenwood.
* Byrnes (10-1) begins a postseason trek it hopes will end with the Rebels’ ninth state championship in 11 years when it hosts Spring Valley (8-3) tonight in a Class AAAA Division I first-round game.
The Rebels have won a first-round playoff game at home each of the past 12 years, and they’ve won 26 consecutive postseason games at Nixon Field, dating back to 2001.