For the first time this year, five local football programs are among the Top 10 in their respective classifications.
The new polls, released Tuesday afternoon, include Carolina Forest (No. 10, Class 5A), Myrtle Beach (No. 1, Class 4A), North Myrtle Beach (No. 5, Class 4A), Aynor (No. 10, Class 3A) and Green Sea Floyds (No. 4, Class A). It is the first time the Grand Strand has had five teams simultaneously ranked in the state media poll since Oct. 15 of last year.
Not coincidentally, it was those same five teams who held spots then, too.
Combined, the Panthers, Seahawks, Chiefs, Blue Jackets and Trojans are 12-3 so far heading into Friday’s games.
1. Dutch Fork
Voters: Ian Guerin, MyHorryNews.com; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Kennington Lloyd Smith III, Anderson Independent Mail; Geoff Preston, Greenville News; Chris Dearing, The State; Lou Bezjak, The State; Travis Jenkins, Chester News & Reporter; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Kyle Dawson, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Wes Kerr, LoCoSports.com; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Skyler Rolstad, Greenwood Index-Journal; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times & Democrat; Cole Bryson, ESPN Upstate; Alex Zeitlow, The Herald; Justin Mathis, upstateprep-cast.net; Jamie McBee, The Boiling Springs Sports Journal; Pete Yanity, WSPA-TV