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Lakewoods running back Javontae Lewis, center, and the Gators earned their first win of the season by taking down Manning 30-13 on Friday.

Sumter secures region's No. 1 seed; LMA sets up big game against Trinity

Sumter High School wrapped up a share of the Region VI-5A football title and most importantly the region's No. 1 seed in the state playoffs with a 50-7 victory over St. James on Friday. Laurence Manning Academy and Lee Academy came up with key …

Scott's Branch quarterback Tariq Coard, right, and the Eagles can clinch a playoff spot with a win over C.E. Murray on Friday.

Scott's Branch can clinch playoff berth with win over C. E. Murray

At this point in time, the path to the 1A football state playoffs couldn't be any simpler for Scott's Branch. A win over C.E. Murray on Friday in Greeleyville will secure second place in Region IV for Scott's Branch and the playoff berth that …

Sumter's Nathan Harris-Waynick (26) tries to shed a tackle during the Gamecocks' 34-27 win over Carolina Forest on Friday.

Sumter, Crestwood, Scott's Branch gain ground with Friday victories

The Sumter High School football team put itself in an enviable position to win the Region VI-5A title and earn the region's No. 1 seed in the SCHSL state playoffs on Friday, while Crestwood and Scott's Branch both kept alive their hopes of earning …

The Crestwood defense played lights out in a 28-0 win over Marlboro County on Friday in Bennettsville. The Knights will play host to Manning on Friday.

Region races starting to take shape in high school football

Region races are starting to take shape in high school football, among the South Carolina Independent School Association teams because they are in the second half of their seasons, and the South Carolina High School League teams because they are …

High school football standings through November

REGION VI-5A Region  Overall                           W-L PF …

SUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTO Scott's Branch head coach Rodney Barr will lead the Eagles for the first time against East Clarendon on Thursday.

East Clarendon, Scott's Branch to open season day early due to weather threat

Scott Cook admits he was a happy man when he heard the news on Wednesday. "I was running around telling my players, 'We ain't got to wait to Friday. We're getting to play a day earlier,' " the East Clarendon football head coach said. The …

Running back Isiah Washington (3) will be one of eight returning starters on offense for Scott's Branch.

Scott's Branch playing for fourth head coach in four years in Barr

The seniors on the Scott's Branch High School football team are used to change. With Rodney Barr taking over as the Eagles' head coach this season, they will be playing for their head coach in as many years. It will also be the fourth different …

The Sumter football team will travel to Socastee for its season opener on Friday.

The return of SCHSL football highlights the 5 things to watch this week

1. SCHSL FOOTBALL IS BACKThe South Carolina Independent School Association has had the high school football spotlight for four weeks, but the South Carolina High School League will join in this …

South Carolina High School League commissioner Jerome Singleton said that schools like Sumter High will have the ability to make their own decision on attendance for football games this fall.

SCHSL's Singleton: Schools must 'take ownership' of attendance plans this fall

There was a lot on the table for discussion during a Zoom meeting hosted by the South Carolina High School League and an ensuing press conference. However, what attendance numbers will look like for football games amidst the coronavirus pandemic was …

Photos: Scott's Branch 1A SCHSL state title game vs Great Falls

The Scott's Branch boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker in the 1A state title game to Great Falls 73-71 last weekend. Take a look back at the action through the cameras of The Item's Tim Leible …