Seahawks, Braves to host first-round playoff games

Myrtle Beach and Socastee will host first-round playoff games in the Class AAA state football tournament, which kicks off Friday.

Region VIII-AAA champion Myrtle Beach will welcome fourth-seeded Hilton Head Island to Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, while Socastee will host Berkeley at Braves Stadium.

Socastee (4-6 overall, 2-3 region), which didn’t clinch a postseason berth until last Friday’s 56-34 victory over St. James, won a three-way tiebreaker with Georgetown and Wilson to capture the No. 2 seed from the region.

A first-round win would send Socastee to the A.C. Flora if it can beat No. 4 Crestwood in the first round.

Myrtle Beach, which has been the top seed in the region for the fifth straight year, gets Hilton Head at home. A win would allow the Seahawks to host the winner of the Airport-Lakewood opener, and Myrtle Beach is in position to host the first three rounds before having to go on the road for the first time in the Lower State championship game.

The Class AAA state championship game will be held Dec. 3 at Clemson’s Death Valley.

Conway and Carolina Forest face each other in Friday’s regular season finale for Class AAAA. Both teams are hoping to earn a playoff berth.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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