Sumter High School remains at No. 7 among 5A schools in the latest S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday. However, the Gamecocks are now set for their first top 10 showdown of the season on Friday.
That's because Blythewood, which …
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1. Dutch Fork (15)
2. Fort Dorchester
3. T.L. Hanna
Receiving votes: River Bluff, West Florence, Greenwood, Carolina Forest.
1. Hartsville (15)
3. South Pointe
4. Myrtle Beach
6. North Myrtle Beach
Receiving votes: Lancaster, Marlboro County, Greenville, Westwood, Walhalla.
1. Dillon (15)
5. May River
6. Strom Thurmond
9. Wade Hampton
Receiving votes: Union County, Pendleton.
1. Abbeville (15)
3. Carvers Bay
4. Bamberg- Ehrhardt
5. Ninety Six
6. Southside Christian
Receiving votes: Saluda, Woodland, Latta, Oceanside Collegiate, Mullins.
1. Lamar (14)
2. Wagener-Salley (1)
4. Lake View
5. Baptist Hill
8. Ridge Spring-Monetta
9. C.E. Murray
Receiving votes: St. John's, Green Sea-Floyds, Denmark-Olar, Timmonsville.
Voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Bret McCormick, The Herald; Lou Bezjak, The State; Travis Jenkins, Chester News Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Eric Russell, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Justin Jarrett, Lowcountry Sports; Ian Guerin; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; David Roberts, Greenwood Index-Journal; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Lake Morris, Anderson Independent Mail.
That's because Blythewood, which comes to Sumter Memorial Stadium on Friday, moved into the top 10 for the first time this season.
Sumter, which is coming off a bye week, is 6-0 on the season and 1-0 in Region IV-5A. The Bengals are 5-1 overall and are coming off a 21-14 victory over Irmo last week.
Sumter is again the only local school to be ranked or receive votes in one of the five classifications this week.
The five No. 1 teams remain the same and four of them are again unanimous choices. The unanimous choices are Dutch Fork in 5A, Hartsville in 4A, Dillon in 3A and Abbeville in 2A.
Lamar is atop the 1A poll and received 14 of the 15 first-place votes. However, that is better than last week when the Silver Foxes received only nine first-place votes. A 27-6 victory over then No. 3 Lake View changed that.
Following Lamar in this week's poll is Wagener-Salley at No. 2, Dixie at No. 3, Lake View at No. 4 and Baptist Hill at No. 5.
There was a bit of a shakeup in the 5A poll with then No. 2 Dorman's 22-19 loss to then No. 8 Gaffney last week. Gaffney moved up to fourth while Dorman dropped to sixth.
Fort Dorchester moved up to second and T.L. Hanna to third, followed by Gaffney, Byrnes, Dorman, Sumter, Berkeley, Summerville and Blythewood.
Things changed in the 4A poll as well after Hartsville. Greer jumped up to No. 2, switching spots with South Pointe. Myrtle Beach remained at No. 4 while Daniel jumped North Myrtle Beach to fifth.
The bottom half of the poll changed greatly with three new teams entering the poll this week. Following NMB at No. 6 are newcomers Eastside at No. 7, Belton-Honea Path at No. 8 and Wilson at No. 9. Wren dropped from ninth to 10th.
The top three in 3A remain the same with Dillon, Chapman and Chester. Camden and May River each moved up a spot fourth and fifth, respectively.
The top half of the 2A poll remained steady with Abbeville, Barnwell, Carvers Bay, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Ninety Six and Southside Christian holding down the top six spots. Timberland jumped from ninth to seventh while Andrews moved into the poll at No. 8. Landrum is ninth and Hannah-Pamplico is 10th.
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