Class 3A playoff brackets set as MB, Socastee host

The brackets are finally set for the Class 3A state football playoffs, and the Grand Strand will play host to two marquee first-round matchups.

Top-seeded and undefeated Socastee (10-0) will welcome Hilton Head (8-3), which started the season 8-0 but suffered three strraight region defeats to fall to a No. 4 seed. The No. 3-ranked Braves can host throughout the Lower State Final if they win out.

Second-seeded Myrtle Beach may have gotten the biggest break after the Seahawks’ 30-28 comeback victory over North Myrtle Beach on Friday. At the same time, Berkeley (5-5) was beating Hilton Head for the No. 3 seed and a first-round trip to Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach (8-2) drew the short straw after falling to its rival and settling for a No. 3 seed. The Chiefs will travel to Orangeburg-Wilkinson (9-1), whose lone loss came to top-seeded Hanahan.

In Class 4A, Carolina Forest and Conway will have to make their regular-season finale serve as their playoff game after both were eliminated Friday night with identical 1-9 records. The Panthers won last year’s meeting but this one is in The Backyard.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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