It’ll be Daniel (12-0) against Greer (10-2) in the third round of the Class AAA playoffs tonight at Dooley Field.
But it’ll be hard to ignore the fact that two of the best running backs in South Carolina — the Lions’ Jae’lon Oglesby and the Yellow Jackets’ Quez Nesbitt — will be front and center.
“I definitely think it’ll be two of the finest backs in the state going at it,” Greer coach Will Young said. “We have a lot of respect for Oglesby and the things that he’s done. We think a whole lot of him as a player.
“It’ll be a challenge for us, but it’s one we’re looking forward to attacking.”
Oglesby, a Shrine Bowl selection who has committed to Clemson, has rushed for 1,566 yards and averages 9.8 yards per carry. Nesbitt, chosen to play in the North-South all-star game, has gained 2,482 yards and averages 10.7 per attempt.
Daniel’s defense has been especially stingy. Clinton managed 244 yards rushing in last week’s 31-7 loss, but the Red Devils became the ninth of the Lions’ opponents to score nine points or fewer.
“Their defensive front is very, very good,” Young said, “so we have a big challenge to see if we can create a few seams for Quez and Emanuel (Kelly) and anyone else we have touching the football.”
* In the first round of the Class AAAA Division I playoffs, Sumter held Mauldin — which had been averaging 49 points — to 27. It was the Mavericks’ lowest output since Week 1, when they lost to Hillcrest.
In the second round, the Rams (11-1) will get an up-close look at the Sumter defense when they host the Gamecocks (7-5) at Chandler Stadium.
“They have a lot of speed,” Hillcrest coach Greg Porter said. “They have a defensive end, Romero Rock. He’s 6-2, 220, and he can really flat-out play. We’ve got to sort of keep him contained.
“I believe it’s going to be a good defensive struggle. I think it’s going to come down to who executes on special teams and creates field position.”
Hillcrest has won a school-record nine consecutive games and has never played this late into November.
In another Class AAAA Division I second-round game, Byrnes will host Lexington. The Rebels have won 28 consecutive playoff games at Nixon Field, a streak that dates back to 2002.
* Christ Church (12-0) will make a three-hour trek today and take on Lamar (10-2) in the Class A Division I Upper State championship game.
The Cavaliers have the state’s longest winning streak at 38 games. The Silver Foxes’ only losses this season have come against a pair of Class AAA opponents, including defending state champion Hartsville.
Christ Church is coming off a 42-31 win over Williston-Elko in which is took the lead for good with 3:31 remaining.
“You can use that momentum,” Christ Church coach Don Frost said. “But Lamar won big against St. Joe’s last week. They can come off that momentum.”