Friday’s prep football roundup: SCHSL, NCISAA playoffs begin and longtime S.C. rivalry is renewed as non-conference game

By Richard Walker

Playoffs for the South Carolina High School League and the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association began on Friday and a longtime S.C. rivalry was renewed between two teams that didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

Here’s a look at what transpired on Friday:

Gaffney 35, Byrnes 21: The Indians (6-0) stayed unbeaten with their fifth straight first round playoff victory. Gaffney hosts T.L. Hanna next Friday in an Upper State 5A semifinal.

Northwestern 51, Hillcrest 21: The Trojans (6-0) stayed unbeaten with their third straight first round playoff victory. Northwestern hosts Dorman next Friday in an Upper State 5A semifinal.

South Pointe 34, Greenwood 31: The Stallions (6-2) won in the first round for the 13th time in 14 years – and after last year’s first round postseason exit. South Pointe hosts A.C. Flora next Friday in an Upper State 4A semifinal.

Catawba Ridge at Greer: The second-year Copperheads of Catawba Ridge (5-1) play on Saturday at 6 p.m. The winner faces Irmo next Friday in an Upper State 4A semifinal.

Rabun Gap 52, Charlotte Providence Day 42: After a high-scoring first half in which visiting Rabun Gap led 45-27 at the half, Providence Day saw its season end with a 4-2 record.

Charlotte Christian d. Charlotte Country Day: Country Day forfeited its opening round game due to COVID-19 issues on its team. The Knights improved to 5-1 and will seek to win a fourth straight state championship next week at home against Rabun Gap. Charlotte Christian has won eight state titles and been state runner-up four times in its 30-year history. The Knights are 6-1 in home state title games.

Clover 23, York 21: A late field goal allowed Clover to knock off its longtime rival in a rivalry that was renewed as non-conference game after neither team qualified for the SCHSL playoffs.
One of the nation’s longest series, it began in 1912 met Friday’s game was their 108th overall meeting. Clover has now won three straight and four of the last five meetings.

Here are next week’s SCHSL and NCISAA playoff pairings:

S.C. High School League Football Playoffs

Nov. 20 Upper/Lower state semifinals

Class 5A
T.L. Hanna at Gaffney
Dorman at Northwestern
Carolina Forest at Dutch Fork
River Bluff at Sumter

Class 4A
Nov. 14 Catawba Ridge-Greer winner vs. Irmo
A.C. Flora at South Pointe
Myrtle Beach at Beaufort
North Augusta at North Myrtle Beach

Class 3A
Woodruff at Wren
Daniel at Chapman
Camden at Oceanside Collegiate
Nov. 14 Dillon-Hanahan winner at Gilbert

Class 2A
Chesnee at Abbeville
Christ Church at Gray Collegiate
Andrews at Pelion
Barnwell at Marion

Class 1A
Blackville-Hilda at Southside Christian
Wagener-Salley at Lamar
Lake View at Carvers Bay
Whale Branch at Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Nov. 27 Upper/Lower state finals
Dec. 4 and 5 State finals

NCISAA Division I football playoffs

Nov. 20 finals
No. 3 Rabun Gap (7-1) at No. 1 Charlotte Christian (5-1)