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Anwain Graham of Green Sea Floyds rushes in the scrimmage with Socastee in Brooks Stadium at Coastal Carolina University for the Conway National Bank Kickoff Classic on Friday. Green Sea Floyds won. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

The state football polls mean next to nothing.

They aren’t factored into playoff seeding, and frankly, us pollsters can be flat-out wrong, even when it comes to regular-season rankings after our informational sample size has grown. Still, if even a fraction of how we view the state’s best teams comes to fruition, we are in for some real treats when it comes to region games locally.

Of the three regions across the classifications that have four teams included in the most-recent state media polls and receiving votes categories, two include teams from the Grand Strand. Region VI-4 has four teams - Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Wilson and Hartsville all inside the top eight in Class 4A and are 16-2 overall. Region VI-3A’s Dillon (No. 1), Aynor (No. 9), Marion (No. 10) and Cheraw (receiving votes) comprise a solid chunk of the Class 3A listings and are a combined 17-1.

The only other regions in the state with four teams are Region I-4A (where three teams are ranked and one is receiving votes) and Region III-1A (where Wagener-Salley, Blackville-Hilda, Denmark-Olar and Ridge Spring-Monetta all inside the Top 10). 

The other two Horry County teams that are ranked heading into this week’s games are Carolina Forest, which is No. 10 in Class 5A, and Green Sea Floyds, which remained No. 3 in Class 1A.

CLASS 5A

1. Dutch Fork (12)

2. Byrnes

3. Fort Dorchester

4. Dorman

5. Sumter

6. T.L. Hanna

7. Gaffney

8. River Bluff

9. Clover

10. Carolina Forest

Also receiving votes: West Florence, White Knoll, Berkeley, Westside

CLASS 4A

1. Myrtle Beach (12)

2. Daniel

3. North Myrtle Beach

4. South Pointe 

5. Wilson

6. AC Flora 

7. Walhalla 

8. Hartsville 

9. Wren

10. Travelers Rest

Others receiving votes: Eastside, Westwood, BHP, Greenville 

CLASS 3A

1. Dillon (8)

2. Chapman (4)

3. Camden 

4. Chester 

5. May River 

6. Wade Hampton 

7. Gilbert 

8. Strom Thurmond 

9. Aynor 

10. Marion 

Others receiving votes: Woodruff, Cheraw

CLASS 2A

1. Abbeville (11)

2. Barnwell (1)

3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

4. Southside Christian

5. Oceanside Collegiate

6. Timberland

7. Saluda

8. Whale Branch

9. Andrew Jackson

10. St. Joseph’s

Others receiving votes: Gray Collegiate, Andrews, Lee Central, Mullins, Woodland

CLASS 1A

1.Lamar (5)

2. Wagener-Salley (6)

3. Green Sea Floyds (1)

4. (tie) Lake View, Branchville

6. C.E. Murray

7. Blackville-Hilda

8. Baptist Hill

9. Ridge Spring-Monetta

10. Denmark-Olar

Others receiving votes- Great Falls, Cross

Voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Lou Bezjak, The State; Travis Jenkins, Chester News & Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Geoff Preston, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Ian Guerin, MyHorryNews.com; Kyle Dawson, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Justin Jarrett, Lowcountry Sports; ; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; ; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Skyler Rolstad, Greenwood Index-Journal; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times & Democrat.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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