Week 11 high school football playoff previews

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Ashley
Ridge
(4-7) at Gaffney (8-3): Class AAAA Division I first-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Gaffney has a South Carolina-record 15 state championships. … Ashley Ridge went to the Division II semifinals last year. … Gaffney is No. 4 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Stratford
(9-2) at Dorman (8-3): Class AAAA Division I first-round game. … The teams last met in the 1999 state final. Stratford won 24-17. … Dorman QB Trey Robinson has passed for 1,796 yards and rushed for 823. … Dorman is No. 10 in Class AAAA and No. 5 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings. Stratford is tied at No. 8 in AAAA.

Spartanburg
(4-7) at Summerville (7-4): Class AAAA Division I first-round game. … The teams last met in the second round of the 2002 playoffs. Summerville won 34-14. … John McKissick, in his 61st season as Summerville’s coach, has 601 career victories. … Spartanburg RB Jamie Bowe has rushed for 996 yards.

Spring Valley
(8-3) at Byrnes (10-1): Class AAAA Division I first-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Byrnes QB Shuler Bentley has passed for 3,898 yards and 49 TDs. WR Akia Booker has 69 catches, 15 for TDs. … Byrnes is No. 3 in Class AAAA, No. 2 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings and No. 13 in USA Today’s Super 25.

Hillcrest (5-6) at Dutch Fork (8-3): Class AAAA Division I first-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Hillcrest, in the playoffs for the first time in three years, hasn’t had more than five victories since 1998. … Dutch Fork has won 10 games and been to the second round each of the past two years.

Boiling Springs (6-5) at Blythewood (9-2): Class AAAA Division I first-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Boiling Springs went to the state semifinals last year after failing to win a playoff game for the previous 14 seasons. … Blythewood, which won the Class AAA title in 2006, reached the AAAA Division I semifinals last year.

Wade Hampton (6-5) at West Florence (9-2): Class AAAA Division II first-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Wade Hampton, in Class AAAA for the first time since 1991, is in the AAAA playoffs for the first time since 1987. … West Florence has a pair of 1,000-yard rushers: Darius Charles (1,006) and Jalin Dixon (1,051).

Easley (9-2) at Northwestern (9-2): Class AAAA Division II first-round game. … It’s the teams’ first meeting in 29 years. … Northwestern, No. 5 in Class AAAA, has a four-point loss to No. 3 Byrnes and a three-point loss to No. 4 South Pointe. … Easley RB C.J. Fuller has rushed for a single-season school record 2,014 yards. … Easley is No. 6 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

York
(9-2) at Laurens (8-3): Class AAAA Division II first-round game. … It’s the teams’ first meeting since 2007. … York, 13-31 from 2007-2010, is 19-6 in two seasons under Bobby Carroll. … Laurens has nine wins after three consecutive losing seasons. … York is tied at No. 8 in Class AAAA.

Fort
Mill (7-4) at Greenwood (11-0): Class AAAA Division II first-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Greenwood has lost in the state championship game each of the past two years. … Greenwood is No. 2 in Class AAAA and No. 1 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Blue Ridge
(10-1) at Daniel (9-2): Class AAA second-round game. … The teams last met in the first round of the 2008 playoffs. Daniel won 42-7. … Blue Ridge lost to Lower Richland last week, but resurfaced after it was discovered LR used an ineligible player. … Daniel’s Adrien Dunn has returned 26 punts for a 22.6-yard average and four TDs.

Greenville
(8-3) at Chester (7-4): Class AAA second-round game. … The teams have met once previously. Greenville won 62-0 in the first round of the 2002 playoffs. … Greenville is trying to reach the third round for the sixth time in the last 10 seasons. … Chester beat Emerald 49-34 last week for its first playoff win in three years.

Union
County
(6-5) at Greer (9-2): Class AAA second-round game. … Greer beat Union County 41-28 in Week 3. The teams have split their last six meetings. … Greer is averaging 424.2 yards and 44.3 points per game. … Greer LB John Hicks has 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. … Greer is No. 9 in Class AAA and in The Greenville News Upstate rankings.

Belton-Honea Path (8-3) at A.C. Flora (10-1): Class AAA second-round game. … The teams last met in the first round of the 2005 playoffs. A.C. Flora won 28-7. … BHP is in the second round for the third time in four years. … A.C. Flora’s only loss was a 38-0 defeat at North Gwinnett (Ga.). … BHP is No. 10 in Class AAA.

Crescent (8-3) at Fairfield Central (8-2): Class AA Division I second-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Crescent is in the second round for the first time since 2003. The Tigers haven’t won nine games since 1997. … Fairfield Central is No. 9 in Class AA.

Pendleton (8-3) at Cheraw (6-4): Class AA Division I second-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … Pendleton is trying to reach the third round for the first time since making it each year from 2004-2006.

Newberry (8-3) at Columbia (4-6): Class AA Division I second-round game. … The teams last met in the 2006 Upper State championship game. Newberry won 27-0. … The teams first played in 1930, and Columbia leads the series 6-2.

Andrew Jackson (5-6) at Chesnee (9-1): Class AA Division II second-round game. … The teams last met in the first round of the 1999 playoffs. Chesnee won 40-0. … Chesnee is trying to reach 10 victories for the first time since 1996, which was also the last time the Eagles reached the third round. … Chesnee is No. 5 in Class AA.

Ninety Six (5-6) at Blacksburg (6-4): Class AA Division II second-round game. … The teams last met in the first round of the 2003 playoffs. Ninety Six won 38-8. … Blacksburg hasn’t had more than six wins since finishing 11-1 in 2002

Saluda
(6-5) at Abbeville (8-2): Class AA Division II second-round game. … Abbeville beat Saluda 21-7 in an Appalachian AA Region game in Week 8. … Abbeville is No. 6 in Class AA.

St. Joseph
‘s (8-3) at Christ Church (11-0): Class A Division I second-round game. … Christ Church won 49-14 in Week 9. The Cavaliers are 4-0 against the Knights. … St. Joseph’s RB Andre Stoddard has rushed for 2,639 yards. … Christ Church, No. 1 in Class A, is 56-5 in five seasons under Don Frost.

Ware Shoals (5-6) at Lamar (8-3): Class A Division I second-round game. … It’s the teams’ first meeting in 30 years. … Lamar is No. 3 in Class AAA

Blackville-Hilda (7-4) at McCormick (9-2): Class A Division II second-round game. … It’s the teams’ first meeting in 13 years. … McCormick, No. 4 in Class A, has its highest victory total since finishing 11-4 in 1997.

Calhoun
Falls
Charter (6-5) at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (7-4): Class A Division II second-round game. … It’s the first meeting between the teams. … H-K-T has two playoff wins in the last 10 seasons – one in 2009 and one last week.

— Bob Castello

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