High School Football Playoffs Week 3

Cole Bryson
November 20, 2019 - 3:26 pm

Cole's Record:

Overall: 118-22

Last Week: 10-0


Round III of the South Carolina High School Football Playoffs are here and the matchups just continue to get better. Several area teams fell last week, but there are still a few remaining. Here are the games that will be played on Friday in the Upstate of South Carolina. 


Gaffney at Byrnes: The Rebels & the Indians. Round II. The first game back during the regular season did not go well for the Gaffney Indians as they looked up at the scoreboard to see a 57-30; their 2nd of the season. Since this game, both teams have dropped one game, both to the Cavaliers of Dorman. Gaffney is a much different team than the Rebels saw in Round 1.The Indians have switched to a 4-man front on defense, added Stan Ellis to the lineup, and Undre Lindsey is playing with much more confidence. Dan Jones has this team in prime position to make a push to Williams Brice with the Indians playing their best football of the season. On the other hand, Reggie Shaw & the Byrnes Rebels have been playing well since their loss to Dorman. The Rebels are relying on the run game more late than ever. Rahjai Harris had 300 yards rushing in the last contest vs Gaffney, and the Rebels will need to rely on the run game this week as well as Gaffney will be expected to put more men in the box to try to limit this potent Rebels run attack. I like this game to be very close with the Byrnes Rebels edging out the Indians for the 4th straight time in 2 years. This game can be heard live on ESPN Upstate (97.1 SPTBG & 97.7 GVILLE) on the Radio.com App.

Cole's Pick: Byrnes 40, Gaffney 32


Dorman at Clover: Dorman hits the road this Friday night for a chance to win and play in the Upper State Championship. This week, they will battle the unbeaten Clover Blue Eagles. Clover has had a historic season under Brian Lane, but their toughest task is the Dave Gutshall led Cavaliers. Dorman is the more battle tested team, and I think they will be prepared for the Blue Eagles. Clover has thrived this season with the passing attack and heavily relied on son of Brian Lane,  Jaylin Lane. Expect this to be a very competitive football game, but I think Dorman has a big advantage. Dorman has given up an average of 7.08 points per game this season. That stat itself is the most remarkable thing about this Cavalier football team. They are also balanced on offense, which I think will give Clover trouble. Hayden Lee is by far the best QB Clover has seen this season. Clover has averaged just over 46 points per game this season, so something has to give when this Clover offense is on the field against this very good Dorman defense. I like this game to be close in the 1st half, but I predict the Cavaliers pulling away in the 2nd half and not looking back.

Cole's Pick: Dorman 45, Clover 30


Woodruff at Chapman: Woodruff played Chapman well in their last meeting on the 20th of September, but I do not think it will be as close this week. Chapman ended up winning that football game 49-35 while the Wolverines edged back into the game late. For the Wolverines as of late, they have forced over 10 turnovers in their last 3 games. I do not expect Mikele Colasurdo to turn the football over and that will have a huge sway in if Woodruff can keep this game close. The turnovers forced on defense has helped the offense so much, but the offense will have its work cut out for them this week as they will be given the task of keeping up step for step with the best offense in the state. Chapman has the team to win in Columbia on December 7th, but they cannot get in their own way. I really like Bradley Adams and this Woodruff football team, especially as of late, but I think the Chapman firepower is too much to handle for the Wolverines. Again I will say, if Woodruff can force turnovers and keep the ball on offense, there is a chance this game could stay close but I just do not see Chapman turning it over much. I like this game to be close through 3, but Chapman pulls away late. 

Cole's Pick: Chapman 55, Woodruff 40


Camden at Union: I think these two teams are very evenly matched and this has the potential to be a fantastic football game. Early Wednesday, I changed my pick to Camden, but I am going to stay in my original pick and go with the Union County Yellow Jackets to pull this one out. I think there are several things that come into play on why Union County will win, but the main is the athleticism of Kesean Glover and the ability to make plays. Camden only has one loss on the season and that was to Fairfield Central in a one point contest, while Union County sits at a 10-3 record, having won 10 straight. Union County wins this game, but not by much.

Cole's Pick; Union County 29, Camden 25


Wren at Greenville: In just one season, Greg Porter has this Greenville Red Raider football team a win away from playing for the Upper State Championship. Wren, under Jeff tate, sits at 10-2 on the season having loss to Camden County & Daniel. The Red Raiders of Greenville are also 10-2 on the season, and look to advance to 11-2 with a win Friday, but this task is their toughest in a while. Wren has outscored opponets in the playoffs by a score of 121-43. I so bad want to pick Greenville to win this game Friday, but I just do not think Greenville can outscore or stop this Wren offense. This offense has proven to be so consistent all season and I do not see them slowing down any time soon. Greenville comes off of a 24-21 win last Friday over Belton-Honea Path while Wren comes off of a 65-29 route of the Greer Yellowjackets. Greg Porter's defense is going to have to exceptional this Friday if they want to advance, but I feel as if this Wren offense is just too much to handle. I like Wren to win and advance. 

Cole's Pick: Wren 45, Greenville 35


For a full recap of these games, join Cole Bryson & Jed Blackwell on Saturday from 8-10am on ESPN Upstate (97.1 SPTBG & 97.7 GVILLE). Call thw show; 844-GSP-ESPN. 

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