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Offensive teams dominate AAAA playoff bracket

Moncks Corner – Like offense? Look no further than the Class AAAA statewide playoff bracket for some of the most explosive offensive teams at any level.

A few also play decent defense but count on several playoff games in AAAA to be high-scoring, even in the later rounds.

The best defensive team, in my opinion, in the AAAA playoffs is South Pointe. But, the Stallions were really good last year and gave up a boatload of yards and points in a loss to Daniel. South Pointe’s defense is led this season by Chouncey Massey, who has 112 tackles.

South Pointe is good offensively as well with senior quarterback Tylik Steele, who has more than 1,600 yards passing, and a good running game.

Daniel is again loaded offensively. Quarterback Tyler Venables has passed for 2,404 yards and 32 touchdowns and has 225 yards rushing. Not bad for a guy that is projected as a safety in college.

Talk about an offense. The Wren Golden Hurricanes put up points on every team they play. Quarterback Joe Owens, a first-year starter, has thrown for 3,167 yards and 45 touchdowns. Receivers Eli Wilson and Tyler Cherry are big-time players as well.

It is likely Daniel, Wren or South Pointe comes out of the Upper State and reaches Columbia. If you want a sleeper, keep an eye on Greenville. The Red Raiders are not flashy but they are consistent. A.C. Flora, when fully healthy, is a capable offensive team as well with good balance.

The general consensus in the Lower State is that no team will have enough to derail defending state champion Myrtle Beach as they seek to repeat.

The Seahawks have yet to score less than 35 points in any game and senior quarterback Luke Doty is made for these moments. Doty’s numbers are down from a year ago but he hasn’t had to play much in the second half.

Wilson gave the Seahawks a scare during the regular season but could not hold a second-half lead. The Tigers boast a solid passing game as well with quarterback Zayshaun Rice and receiver Jakobe Quillen.

Hartsville’s last loss came to Myrtle Beach but the Red Foxes enter the playoffs with four straight wins, including an impressive victory over Wilson. Those two teams could be headed for a rematch.

Now, the moment every reader has been waiting for. My picks. Sorry I made you read all that other stuff.

I caution, do not wager any real money (monopoly money is okay) on these picks. I am mostly wrong but I like doing it.

In the Upper State, I will take Daniel to survive the bracket and reach Columbia. The Lions will play Myrtle Beach in the championship game and there will be plenty of points.

The state champion….I’ll take Myrtle Beach to repeat by a score of something like 90-89. Just kidding, but the Seahawks win.


Class AAAA Playoff Brackets

Upper State

Palmetto at Greenville

York at Belton-Honea Path

Greer at South Pointe

Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Wren

Lancaster at Daniel

Westwood at Eastside

Walhalla at A.C. Flora

Traveler’s Rest at Ridge View


Lower State

Marlboro County at Lower Richland

Colleton County at Airport

Lakewood at Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach at North Augusta

Brookland-Cayce (bye)

Wilson at Hilton Head

Beaufort (bye)

South Aiken at Hartsville

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