A look at high school football playoff games
STROM THURMOND 27, NORTH MYRTLE BEACH 17
JOHNSTON — Bad fortune seemed like it might be biting Strom Thurmond Friday night against North Myrtle Beach in the South Carolina High School League Class AAA playoffs.
NORTH AUGUSTA 42, LAURENS 11
NORTH AUGUSTA — The North Augusta High School football team didn’t waste any time showing how it can convert big plays into quick points Friday in the first round of the Class AAAA, Division II playoffs. The Yellow Jackets scored less than three minutes into the game and never looked back. They scored 21 points in the final 4:35 of the first half as they steadily added to their lead in a 42-11 victory over Laurens.
“They can make plays,” Raiders head coach Greg Lawson said of North Augusta (11-1), which will play another game at the Jackets Nest next Friday when it plays host to Beaufort, which defeated Blythewood 23-15.
SILVER BLUFF 20, BARNWELL 0
PETTICOAT JUNCTION — The Silver Bluff rivalry with Barnwell in football hasn’t gone Barnwell’s way often in recent years. The Bulldogs (10-1) continued their dominance of the Warhorses (3-9) on Friday night with a 28-0 win in the second round of the Class AA Division II playoffs. Barnwell’s last victory in the series came in 2007.
Friday’s win had a familiar feel to the last time the two teams met in the regular season finale. In that game, Silver Bluff ran the ball at will on its way to a blowout, and this time the rushing attack was the key for head coach Al Lown’s team again.
CHRIST CHURCH 42, WILLISTON-ELKO 31
GREENVILLE — Quarterback Demetrius Anthony accounted for five touchdowns to lead Christ Church to a 42-31 victory over Williston-Elko in a second-round Class A, Division I playoff game at Carson Stadium.
“Williston-Elko was a very good football team,” Christ Church coach Don Frost said. “I’ve been coaching for 35 years, and this team laid it on the line more than any team I’ve ever coached in my life.”
Williston-Elko defeated Christ Church in the 2010 Upper State championship game. Since then, Christ Church put together a 37-game winning streak.
RS-M 56, GREAT FALLS 12
GREAT FALLS — Just what kind of night was it for Great Falls against the Ridge Spring-Monetta Trojans in the second round of the Class A playoffs Friday night.
A 27-point second quarter for the Trojans told the story.
Great Falls intercepted a pass near midfield, and on the next play the Red Devils fumbled the ball. During the play a referee’s whistle blew the play dead, and he players came to an abrupt halt.