So many times Friday night, it seemed Thomas Heyward was one play away from punching its ticket to the SCISA Class 1A state championship game. But in the end, it was Pee Dee Academy that came up with the big plays when it needed them most.
The air will be crisp at 7:30 tonight when the high school football playoffs hit the second round with a dwindling number of local teams still vying for state championships.
The ranks of the Lowcountry high school football teams still in the hunt for a state title shrunk considerably Friday, as five of the nine local teams who made the playoffs bowed out in the first round, and it could have been worse. Three of the four local winners prevailed by six points or fewer – and the six-point margin was in overtime.
Top-seeded Thomas Heyward survived a scare before rallying for a 20-14 overtime win over Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach on Friday in the first round of the SCISA Class 1A playoffs.
Area high school football statistical leaders through Week 11:
Everyone who follows sports knows the saying that offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. You can add that defense drives online player of the week voting.
For the last time in the regular season – and perhaps the last time with a full 10-player ballot – it’s time to select the RBC Heritage High School Football Player of the Week.
True confession: Every time I sit down to write this column I end up doing a horrible impersonation of Aaron Neville. Sometimes just in my head, sometimes out loud.
JR Patterson rushed for two early touchdowns and Thomas Heyward pulled away late for a 29-14 win at Colleton Prep on Friday, clinching the SCISA Region 2-1A title.