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Bracket breakdown for Class 4A football playoffs

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Everything in the 2013 high school football season now comes down to filling in blank lines on a bracket.

Last Friday night, teams in Class 1A, 2A, 3A and SCISA kicked off their playoff schedules while 4A schools will begin their playoff runs this week. Here is how the teams are paired.

Class 4A, Division 1 – Upper Bracket

In the Class 4A Division 1 pairings, 16-seed Wando heads to the Upstate to take on the top-seeded Byrnes. Byrnes finished the season at 10-7 overall, 7-0 in their region, and is ranked the No. 2 team in the state. The Rebels' only loss came at the hands of Northwestern, the top-ranked team in the state, in overtime.

Wando on the other hand, has struggled in recent weeks, losing three of their last four games on a season-ending schedule that had them taking on Stratford, Goose Creek, Sumter and Cane Bay. The Warriors finished the season 4-7 overall and 2-2 in the region.

To be effective against the Upstate powerhouse, the Warriors will need to control the guy taking the snaps for the Rebels, Shuler Bentley. He's been putting up huge numbers, including a 530-yard game in which he went 22 for 32 with 9 touchdowns. The Rebels put up big numbers every week, and a lot of it is on Shuler's arm.

Eight-seeded Dorman hosts the No. 9 Lexington. Dorman is entering playoffs with a 7-4 record overall and a 4-3 record in the region, while Lexington ended the season with a 9-2 record overall and 4-1 in the region. Lexington comes in winning three of their last four games while Dorman has struggled, losing three of their last four.

The undefeated No. 4 seed Spring Valley takes on No. 13 Spartanburg. The Vikings are also ranked fifth in the state and have been putting up some strong numbers on the scoreboard. Spartanburg entered the playoffs with an overall record of 6-5 and a 2-5 record in their region.

Fifth-seeded Dutch Fork plays host to 12-seeded Fort Dorchester to round out the upper bracket. The No. 5 Silver Foxes finished 8-3 overall, 4-1 in their region and are currently ranked eighth in the state. Meanwhile, Fort Dorchester comes in with a 7-4 record overall and 3-2 in the region.

Dutch Fork has already had one taste of the Lowcountry this year in a loss to Goose Creek, but after losing to the Gators and Irmo in consecutive weeks, they have won four of their last five games. The Patriots have gone 3-2 in the last five games, with losses coming at Beaufort and Summerville.

Class 4A, Division 1 – Lower Bracket

In the Class 4A lower bracket, the two seed Hillcrest takes on 15-seed Rock Hill. The Rams move into playoffs on a 10-1 record overall and 7-0 in their region, a season that was capped off with wins over Woodmont, Easley, TL Hanna, and Laurens. The Rams have been strong this season and have not seen a loss since Sept. 13 to Dorman, a team sitting in the No. 8 spot in the bracket.

Rock Hill, however, has struggled at points this year and ends the regular season with losing records overall and in their region, 4-7 and 3-4 respectively. Rock Hill had a rough close to the season, facing South Pointe, Nation Ford and Northwestern in three of the last four weeks.

The No. 7 seed Sumter hosts 10-seed Mauldin in the third matchup of the lower bracket. The Gamecocks come off wins against Wando, Conway, Carolina Forest, and West Florence to close out the season.  Mauldin's 7-4, 4-3 season ended at Boiling Springs in a 150-point game. Mauldin has no problem with offense, even posting 49 points against the top-seeded Byrnes earlier this year in a 76-49 loss.

The Mavericks have posted 295 points in their last five games. By comparison, the Gamecocks have scored 143 points in their last five games.

Summerville's 9-2 overall season and perfect play in their region landed them a home game against the team down the street, Ashley Ridge. John McKissick's Green Wave are currently ranked 13th in the state and are riding a five-game win streak and their only two losses came at the hands of Goose Creek and Stratford.

This marks the second time the two teams have faced off. On Nov. 1, Summerville pulled off a 24-21 win on their home turf, so Friday night's game will be very familiar ground for both teams.

Ashley Ridge ends the year at 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the region, and has lost three of their last five games.

In the final game of the bracket, six-seeded Gaffney faces No. 11 Boiling Springs.  In another rematch game, Gaffney (8-3, 6-1) is hoping history repeats itself against the Bulldogs (7-4, 4-3). In the Nov. 1 game, Gaffney pulled out a 59-54 win.

Both teams have strong offenses that are capable of putting big numbers on the scoreboard, so the game could come down to who has the ball last.

 

Class 4A, Division 2 – Upper Bracket

The Goose Creek Gators are the top-seeded team in Division 2 and rightfully so. The team has put together another perfect season and their only real close game was Friday's 14-7 win over Stratford. It was an important game for anyone watching the Gators' likely path through the playoffs because it showed they are not just a high octane offense – they have a strong defense, too.

Wade Hampton comes in with a 5-6 season, 2-3 in their region. The Red Devils have been slow this season on offense, but seem to have turned it around in their 57 points against Battery Creek. They'll need an offense that's ready to go when they step on to the field in Goose Creek.

The winner of that game will move on to face the winner of the game between No. 8 South Pointe and No. 9 Irmo.

The South Pointe Stallions are ranked sixth in the state and enter playoffs with a 9-2 record, 6-1 in their region. They most recently blanked Lancaster, 41-0, and have another shut out against Clover (42-0). The Stallions posted 100 points in their first two games and 110 in their last three games.

Meanwhile, Irmo comes in with records of 6-5, 4-1 and have put together three wins after a 30-point beating against Spring Valley. Notably, they pulled out a 42-41 win over Dutch Fork earlier this year.

And this will be a rematch for the two teams from Week 1 when Irmo lost 21-17 to the Stallions.

The undefeated No. 4 South Florence will play host to 13-seed Easley, a team that comes in with a 5-6 record overall and a 4-3 record in their region.

South Florence won 9-3 over West Florence last week and over Stratford the week before. Easley has won three of their last four games.

In the last game of the upper bracket, No. 5 Stratford takes on No. 12 Nation Ford.

The Knights (9-2, 3-1) are a strong team and have only taken losses to Goose Creek and South Florence, back-to-back games to round out the season, so they are definitely looking to turn around the current streak in the first round of the playoffs. Led by quarterback Jacob Park, a Georgia commit who has shown every week that he is as dangerous in the air as he is on his feet, Stratford will give Nation Ford a heck of a fight come Friday night.

Nation Ford, however, beat Fort Mill to end their season, but preceded that game with a beating against Northwestern, 63-18. Nation Ford started their season with a 57-56 win over Forestview, so if Stratford lets them stick around late in the game, the Falcons have the guts to stick it out and pull off a win.

Class 4A, Division 2 – Lower Bracket

In the lower bracket, the perennial powerhouse Northwestern hosts West Florence. The Trojans have a perfect record and are destroying teams on the scoreboard. They have posted more than 200 points in the last four games of the season. Chances are, if the team is from the Upstate and in the playoffs, they've had to take a beating from Northwestern.

West Florence comes into the game at 6-5, 2-2, most recently losing to South Florence.

The second game of the bracket pits No. 7 Greenwood (8-3, 6-1) against No. 10 York (9-2, 5-2). Greenwood had a shaky start to the season, going 2-3 in their first five games before going on a five-game win streak to end the season. They haven't lost since Sept. 27.

York comes in losing two of their last three games, including a 45-15 loss to Northwestern. The front of the Cougars' season was strong though; they went 7-0.

No. 3 North Augusta is at home against 14-seeded Laurens. The Laurens Raiders come in at 6-5, most recently losing to Greenwood. North August comes in at 10-1 and has posted wins over Dutch Fork, Sumter, and TL Hanna.

And the final game of the Class 4A bracket pairs the 6-seed Beaufort against No. 11 Blythewood. Beaufort has an 8-3 record and is riding a two-game win streak. The Eagles' three losses all came together in the middle of the season against Ashley Ridge, Summerville and Goose Creek. The Eagles have notable wins over Fort Dorchester and Wando.

Blythewood enters the playoffs with a 7-4 record and recently won over Ridge View and have other wins over Sumter and Aiken.

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