And then, there was one.
With the SCISA state championships out of the way, May River is the last Lowco team standing — and if the Sharks win tonight, they will be standing tall, indeed.
Undefeated May River hits the road for the third round of the Class 3A playoffs tonight, traveling to top-ranked Dillon for a showdown of undefeated teams.
The Sharks expected a test last week, but they ultimately dominated Gilbert in a 27-7 home win. This week will present more of a challenge.
The Wildcats (10-0) have not allowed more than seven points in their last six games, and they haven’t given up more than 14 since their season opener. Oh, and they’ve scored 40 or more in every game this season, averaging 46.9 points.
Slowing down a balanced offense led by running backs Nemo Squires (892 yards, 12 TDs) and Tyquan King (553 yards, 14 TDs) and quarterback Ja’teil Lester (1,634 yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs) will be a challenge, but May River’s defense has been outstanding. The Sharks have allowed more than 20 points only twice — in Week 2 at Bluffton and in the regular-season finale at Colleton County in which they rested many of their starters.
For May River’s offense to do any damage, the Sharks will have to be balanced. If they can’t hit a couple of early passes and the Wildcats are able to key on the run, it could be a long, low-scoring night.
Ultimately, the game will be won up front, where outstanding offensive and defensive lines on both sides will do battle.
Whatever happens tonight, it has been a magical season for May River, but if the Sharks win … well, they would host the Lower State championship game against either Hanahan or Wade Hampton — a game they would be expected to win.
“Wouldn’t that be something?,” May River coach Rodney Summers said.
Yes. Yes, it would.
Prediction: Dillon 27, May River 24
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