HSFB 2023: S.C. Prep Football Media Poll (Preseason)

A trio of Lowco squads are represented in the top 10 of their classifications in the preseason S.C. Prep Football Media Poll released Monday.

Defending Class 3A champion Beaufort High opens the season ranked second behind Dillon, which received 11 first-place votes to Beaufort’s two. The Eagles beat the Wildcats 30-21 in Dillon in last year’s Lower State final, but coach Bryce Lybrand and Co. have a number of huge holes to fill, most notably those left by stars Kacy Fields (S.C. State) and Colton Phares (Appalachian State).

Hampton County hopes to emerge as a Class 2A power after two programs who enjoyed great success last season merge with Wade Hampton and Estill coming together to form a new school. The Hurricanes open at No. 7 as they return the bulk of the key contributors from Wade Hampton a year ago and add impact players from Estill, including QB Xaviar Garvin and DL KaVon Chisolm.

In Class 1A, Whale Branch begins the season ranked 10th after having a promising campaign derailed by key injuries last fall. The Warriors return plenty of talent, led by ATH Keith Chisholm and defensive standout Bradford Thompson, who looks to make the move from the defensive line to linebacker this season.

The 2023 season opens Saturday with the 1team1cause Football Showcase at Charleston Southern, where Beaufort Academy will face Trinity Collegiate at 8:30 p.m. The first full slate of Friday Night Lights comes on Aug. 18, and we’ll have you covered on LowcoSports.com and wrap up the action with Lowco Pigskin Live after the dust settles every Friday night.

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1Dutch Fork (15)1Northwestern (7)1Dillon (11)1Abbeville (11)1Christ Church (11)
2Gaffney2Greenville (4)2Beaufort (2)2Gray Collegiate (4)2Lewisville (2)
3Summerville3South Florence (4)3Daniel (1)3Oceanside Collegiate3Bamberg-Ehrhardt (2)
4Fort Dorchester4South Pointe4Clinton (1)4Fairfield Central4Lamar
5Byrnes5Hartsville5Camden5Marion5Southside Christian
6Sumter6AC Flora6Chester6Andrew Jackson6Johnsonville
7TL Hanna7James Island7Belton-Honea Path7Hampton Co.T7St. Joseph’s
8Spartanburg8Catawba Ridge8Powdersville8Silver BluffT7Lake View
9Lexington9Westside9Gilbert9Strom ThurmondT7Cross
10Dorman10West Florence10ManningT10Barnwell10Whale Branch
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This Week’s Voters: Lou Bezjak, The State Newspaper; Ian Guerin, Prep RedZone; Brandon Stockdale Prep RedZone; Jed Blackwell, Prep RedZone; Gene Knight,WRHI; Pete Yanity, WSPA; Joe Wedra, My Horry News; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Justin Jarrett, Lowcosports.com; James McBee, Boiling Springs Sports Journal; David Shelton, Post & Courier/High School Sports Report; Chris Miller, WRHI; Dennis Brunson, High School Sports Report; Cam Adams, Greenwood Index Journal; Travis Jenkins, News and Reporter

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