Tigers take one on the chin as Class 4A playoffs begin

The good news for Conway is that, despite its loss to rival Carolina Forest on Friday night, the Tigers are still in the Class 4A playoffs.

The bad news – they drew the final spot and must face No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Goose Creek in the opening round against the 11-0 Gators.

The Tigers (5-6) learned their fate Saturday following the Class 4A, Division II coaches meeting in Columbia. Based on a complex points system, Conway slipped into the playoffs as the No. 16 seed.

It’s not the scenario the Tigers were hoping for 24 hours earlier, when they could have clinched the Region 6-4A title and a home playoff opener with a win over a then 1-9 Carolina Forest squad.

Instead, the Panthers rose up against their rivals for a 27-24 double overtime victory. The costly loss sends Conway on a first-round trip to the No. 11-ranked team in the nation, according to USA Today.

The Tigers were playing without Shrine Bowl quarterback Mykal Moody, who suffered a deep thigh bruise last week. His status for Friday is uncertain, which could mean another start for third-string QB Sawyer Jordan.

Conway’s road game means only one home game will be played on the Grand Strand next week as top-seeded Socastee (11-0) plays host to No. 2 seed Berkeley (5-6) and No. 2 seed Myrtle Beach (10-1) travels to No. 1 seed Hanahan (10-1) in second round Class 3A action.

Photo by Ranicer Photography

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