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North Myrtle Beach’s Xavier Anderson scores in the win over West Florence on Friday. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

The game that both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach players, coaches and fans circled on their calendars two months ago is going to get even more statewide attention.

The two teams will meet on Friday, each with a top-three statewide ranking.

The latest media polls have the Chiefs sitting at No. 2 in Class 4A, while the Seahawks are a spot back at No. 3. Myrtle Beach, which was No. 5 last week, bumped up two spots after a 38-14 victory over South Florence and losses by Westside and South Pointe just ahead of it. 

Kickoff is slated for 7:05 p.m. Friday.

Three other Horry County programs were included in this week’s polls. Carolina Forest was No. 10 in Class 5A; Aynor was No. 7 in Class 3A; Green Sea Floyds was No. 10 in Class A.

CLASS 5A

1. Dutch Fork (12)

2. Gaffney

3. Fort Dorchester

4. Dorman

5. Sumter

6. T.L. Hanna

7. Northwestern

8. Byrnes

9. Boiling Springs

10. Carolina Forest

Receiving votes: Ridge View, Hillcrest

CLASS 4A

1. AC Flora (11)

2. North Myrtle Beach (1)

3. Myrtle Beach

4. Greer

5. Westside

6. South Pointe

7. Catawba Ridge

8. Greenville

9. (tie) North Augusta

9. (tie) Greenwood

9. (tie) Beaufort 

Receiving votes: West Florence, Hilton Head Island, May River

CLASS 3A

1. Dillon (8)

2. Chapman (4)

3. Daniel

4. Camden 

5. Gilbert

6. Wren

7. Aynor

8. Fairfield Central

9. Oceanside Collegiate 

10. Powdersville 

Receiving votes: Lake City, Hanahan, Palmetto, Chester, Union County, Belton Honea Path

CLASS 2A

1. Abbeville (12)

2. Gray Collegiate

3. Chesnee

4. Newberry

5. Cheraw

6. Batesburg-Leesville

7. North Central

8. Woodland

9. Marion

10. Andrews

Receiving votes: Saluda, St. Joseph’s, Timberland, Pelion, Christ Church, Wade Hampton

CLASS A

1. Lake View(11)

2. Southside Christian

3. Blackville-Hilda

4. Lamar (1)

5. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

6. Whale Branch

7. Johnsonville

8. Wagener-Salley

9. Carvers Bay

10. Green Sea Floyds

Receiving votes: McCormick, C.A. Johnson, Williston-Elko, Allendale-Fairfax, Baptist Hill, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Branchville

Voters: Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Lou Bezjak, The State;  Travis Jenkins, Chester News & Reporter; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Ian Guerin, MyHorryNews.com; Wes Kerr, LowCoSports.com; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times & Democrat; Cole Bryson, ESPN Upstate; Justin Mathis, upstateprep-cast.net; Jamie McBee, The Boiling Springs Sports Journal; Pete Yanity, WSPA-TV

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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