There are playoff positions on the line all over Spartanburg county in Week 10. Here’s a look at what’s at stake.
Dorman (3-6, 1-2) at Spartanburg (4-5 0-3)
Series record: Spartanburg leads the all-time series 45-22-1, including a 42-41 thriller last season, when they stopped a two-point conversion for the win.
Last week: Dorman lost to Gaffney 29-14; Spartanburg lost to Boiling Springs 24-17
Radio/TV/Internet: WQUL 101.7 FM (Dorman), Fox Sports Spartanburg 1400 AM/98.3 FM
Location: Doc Davis Field at Viking Stadium,2250 E. Main St., Spartanburg
Who to watch for Dorman: WR K.D. Hainsworth, S Brannon Teamer, QB Brice O’Neal
Who to watch for Spartanburg: S Demario Bookhart, WR Justin Rice, LB Bennie Gibson
What’s at stake: Anything between third place and fifth place in Region II-5A. Boiling Springs is in the house with a win over Spartanburg and a loss to Dorman. A Dorman win makes it easy: The Cavaliers are third, Bulldogs fourth, Vikings fifth. Anything past that involves the score of this game at the end of the third quarter. Boiling Springs holds a plus-10 advantage, Dorman is minus-three, Spartanburg is minus-seven. The Vikings need to win and lead by 18 after three quarters to climb to third, which would send Dorman to fourth and Boiling Springs fifth. If the Cavaliers lead by 14 after three and still lose, they can still claim third place.
Byrnes (8-1, 3-0) at Gaffney (7-2, 3-0)
Series record: Gaffney leads the series 21-19, winning twice last year including a 29-14 win in the third round of the 5A playoffs.
Last week: Byrnes was idle; Gaffney beat Dorman 29-14
Radio/TV/Internet: The Fan Upstate 97.1/97.7 FM (Byrnes); WZZQ 104.3 FM (Gaffney)
Location: The Reservation, 149 Twin Lake Rd., Gaffney
Who to watch for Byrnes: ATH Chamarryus Bomar, LB James Oates, RB Tre Segarra
Who to watch for Gaffney: RB Jaiden McDowell, WR Emazon Littlejohn, LB Imari Foster-Boyd
What’s at stake: The Region II-5A championship and an easier playoff road. The winner gets not only the title, but the No. 1 seed and with it a pair of home games guaranteed (as long as they keep winning) and the right not to face another No. 1 seed until the Upper State final. The winner also gets the advantage of facing a team they’ve already beaten in the first round – Boiling Springs, Dorman, or Spartanburg.
The No. 2 seed has a tougher road. It’s likely the Dutch Fork/Lexington loser, then if the seeds hold, a trip to the Clover/Rock Hill winner. Then it gets hairy, with a likely visit to T.L. Hanna.
Broome (8-1, 3-0) at Chapman (8-1, 3-0)
Series record: Chapman leads 19-14, including a 32-6 win last season.
Last week: Broome beat Carolina 55-6; Chapman beat Blue Ridge 50-21
Who to watch for Broome: RB Jaylen McGill, OL Steven O’Dell, DL D.T. Thompson
Who to watch for Chapman: QB Coleman Gray, WR Shawn Cunningham, LB Reese Lynch
What’s at stake: First place in Region III-3A, and a little bit of respite from what’s going to be an absolute war in the 3A playoffs. The winner gets the No. 1 seed and a little bit of a breather, likely against Walhalla. However, things ramp right back up in round two, as a very good Chester team would visit if the seeds hold.
The loser, meanwhile, will get a home game with Crescent as the likely opponent, then a trip to Clinton is on the agenda for round two. Survive that, and it’s likely on to Belton-Honea Path.
Liberty (6-3, 2-2) at Chesnee (5-4, 2-2)
Series record: Chesnee leads 19-6, but Liberty won 49-41 a year ago.
Last week: Liberty beat Landrum 40-33; Chesnee lost to Ninety-Six 27-20
Location: Eagle Stadium, 795 S. Alabama Ave., Chesnee
Who to watch for Liberty: QB Logan Smith, RB JJ Hernandez, WR Iasac Reece
Who to watch for Chesnee: ATH Adonis Burgess, QB Kjay Proctor, ATH Kaylob Blanton
What’s at stake: This one is for third place outright in Region I-2A. The region couldn’t be simpler. There’s a game for the championship, this one for third place, and another for the fifth and final playoff berth. The Eagles need to beat the Red Devils to avoid a likely trip to Silver Bluff in the first round.
Blacksburg (3-6, 0-4) at Landrum (4-5, 0-4)
Series record: The all-time record is tied 19-19 after Landrum’s 62-40 win last year.
Last week: Blacksburg lost to Abbeville 49-7; Landrum lost to Liberty 40-33
Who to watch for Blacksburg: QB Josh Sims, WR Ziyon Harris
Who to watch for Landrum: RB Colton Link, ATH Braden Mashtare
What’s at stake: This is another cut and dried game: win, and you’re in. And basketball season starts for the loser. With an unbalanced number of Upper State regions, playoff spots go five deep in Region I-2A. The winner of this one is headed down the road to a date with Strom Thurmond, while the loser will miss the playoffs.
Woodruff (3-6, 1-2) at Union County (1-8, 0-3)
Series record: Woodruff leads 6-3, including a 42-23 win last year.
Last week: Woodruff was idle, Union County lost to Emerald 49-35
Radio/TV/Internet: Woodruff Wolverine Network (meridix.com); WBCU 1440 AM
Location: Union County Stadium, 100 Kirby St., Union
Who to watch for Woodruff: QB T.J. Morris, ATH Kory Scott, RB Aiden Gibson
Who to watch for Union County: ATH Quan Jeter, WR Cam Owens, QB Qa Brannon
What’s at stake: This is the longest shot to break from normal in the field, but it still has to be mentioned. Woodruff is locked into third place in Region IV-3A barring a strange circumstance. If the Wolverines win, they’re third. If the Wolverines lose but score 22 or more and allow 36 or fewer, they’re still third. If Union County can hold Woodruff under 22 and score more than 36, the Wolverines will fall to fourth.