Football: Class 3A playoffs set; Conway, CF must wait

sjfoot-20Three Grand Strand schools will open the SCHSL Class 3A football playoffs Friday night, while two Class 4A teams will be monitoring a game more than 100 miles away to determine their playoff fates.

Region 7-3A champion Myrtle Beach (7-3) learned it will be hosting at-large team Dreher (5-5) in the first round Friday after enjoying an unscheduled bye week caused by the October floods. The Seahawks are the only local team playing at home.

No. 3-seeded St. James drew No. 2-seeded Marlboro County in the first round as both teams carry identical 6-4 records. The Sharks will travel to Bennettsville to face a battle-tested Bulldogs squad that reached the Lower State finals in 2014.

North Myrtle Beach (5-5) earned an at-large bid to make the postseason, but the reward is a tough one. The Chiefs will play at defending state champion Hartsville (10-0). The Red Foxes’ closest game this season was a 22-point win over Marlboro County.

In Class 4A, Conway and Carolina Forest will be watching the Blythewood-Spring Valley game to find out their first-round matchups on Nov. 20. The Tigers (9-2) will host an opener, while Carolina Forest is projected to earn an at-large spot and a road game.

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