Eagles make top 10 after big victory


What's the formula for being an unranked 1-1 team to cracking the top 10 in your classification in the space of one week? Knock off a highly-ranked team in a classification higher than yours.

That's what 1A Scott's Branch did on Friday, taking down former 2A No. 2 Bamberg-Ehrhardt 12-0 on Friday. Because of that, the Eagles moved into the No. 10 spot in the 1A poll of the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday.

Scott's Branch joins Sumter and Lee Central as local teams in their respective polls. Sumter stayed in the 5A poll despite falling to Spring Valley 51-34 on Friday. The Gamecocks fell from No. 8 to 10th, while the Vikings moved up a spot from No. 7 to No. 6.

Lee Central, which improved to 4-0 with a 14-7 victory over Columbia, moved up a spot to No. 5 in the 2A poll.

Scott's Branch, now 2-1, will take on 3A Edisto, also 2-1 this week. B-E, which owned wins over Woodland, C.E. Murray and Orangeburg-Wilkinson, dropped from No. 2 to No. 6 in 2A.

Sumter, which fell to 3-1, will be playing its final non-region contest as it plays host to Sumter School District rival Lakewood. Lee Central will be opening its Region IV schedule, playing host to 3-0 Buford.

The only other local team to receive votes was undefeated Manning in the 3A poll. The 4-0 Monarchs will take on winless 5A South Florence on Friday.

The No. 1 teams in each of the five classes remain the same with Fort Dorchester tops in 5A, South Pointe in 4A, Chapman in 3A, Abbeville in 2A and Lamar in 1A. Winless East Clarendon plays host to Lamar on Friday.

Fort Dorchester, South Pointe and Abbeville were again unanimous picks.

Sumter's Region VI foe Conway held at No. 5 in the 5A poll. Hartsville, which is in Region VI-4A with Crestwood an Lakewood, dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 after losing to Conway last week.

Manning's Region VII foe, Timberland, remained at No. 5 in the 3A poll. Lee Central's Region IV is well represented in the 2A poll. Cheraw moved from fifth to third, while Chesterfield remained at No. 7.

Two foes of East Clarendon in Region VI-1A held their spots in the poll. Hemingway is No. 2 and Lake View is No. 5. Scott's Branch joined Region V foes C.E Murray and Cross in the poll. Each moved up a spot, C.E. Murray to No. 6 and Cross to No. 7.