5A Wrapup: Braves’ big win a blow to CF; Tigers roll

cffoot-sumSix weeks ago, Carolina Forest spoiled Socastee’s home region opener with a win at The Reservation. On Friday night, the Braves may have gotten the last laugh on the Panthers.

Socastee (3-7 overall, 1-4 Region 6-5A) scored an impressive 53-27 victory over visiting West Florence to end a difficult season on a high note, but the Braves also managed to deliver a blow to the rival Panthers’ playoff hopes.

Carolina Forest was shutout 23-0 by visiting Sumter, but the Panthers still could have earned an automatic playoff bid if the Braves would have gone down without a fight. Instead, Carolina Forest came out on the short end of a three-team tiebreaker and had to rely on the SCHSL selection committee to award an at-large bid. The Panthers travel to Summerville next Friday.

Such a scenario seemed unlikely a few weeks ago, when Carolina Forest stood at 6-1 overall and tied for Sumter atop the region standings at 2-0. But the Panthers (6-4, 2-3) have now dropped three straight to see their season possibly end on a low note of a shutout at the hands of the Region 6-5A champion Gamecocks.

Meanwhile, Conway nailed down the No. 2 seed by defeating host South Florence 36-21. Peyton Derrick threw for more than 400 yards to lead the Tigers (6-4, 4-1) to a home playoff game against Goose Creek in next Friday’s first round.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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