The votes are in, and several Aiken area teams remained in the Week One South Carolina Prep Media Football Poll. Thereís one team from the area in each of the four classifications, with two other squads among those receiving votes.
In Class AAAA, North Augusta remained No. 8 in the poll following its last-second win over Georgiaís Lakeside in a Week Zero contest. The Yellow Jackets eked out a 12-10 win when kicker Blake Busby connected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired.
On Friday, North Augusta will play host to Midland Valley, which remained No. 8 in the Class AAA poll despite being idle last week. The Mustangs have the potential to climb in the voting because of a high-powered offense that returns most of its premier skill players from last season. A good showing against a larger North Augusta squad would work in Midland Valleyís favor.
Strom Thurmond played a school from a larger class in its season opener, securing a hard-fought 17-10 win at Aiken. That victory and Strom Thurmondís reputation as one of the elite programs in the Palmetto State was enough to keep the Rebels at No. 2 in the Class AA voting. They have this Friday off, so barring the unforeseen, should remain near the top of the poll.
Silver Bluff lost its season opener against Abbeville, falling 21-0. That setback knocked the Bulldogs out of the top 10 in the Class AA poll, but they were among the other teams receiving votes. Should Silver Bluff bounce back in Fridayís home game against Williston-Elko, itís very likely it would climb back into the rankings.
The Blue Devils also lost their Week Zero contest, falling 7-6 on the road to Bamberg-Ehrhardt. But that setback didnít knock Williston-Elko from the Class A poll, as it only dropped on spot. It switched places with Bamberg-Ehrhardt, slipping to No. 8 in the voting. Fellow Class A school Ridge Spring-Monetta didnít play in Week Zero, although unranked, remained among the other teams receiving votes for the second consecutive week. The Trojans will open their season on the road at Saluda on Friday.
S.C. Prep Media Football Poll
1. Dutch Fork
6. Boiling Springs
7. Goose Creek
8. North Augusta
10. Fort Dorchester
Others receiving votes: Dorman, Stratford, Spring Valley, Hillcrest, Easley, Socastee, South Florence
1. Myrtle Beach
2. South Pointe
5. Marlboro County
8. Midland Valley
T10. Union County
Others receiving votes: Crestwood, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Swansea, Darlington, Belton-Honea Path, A.C. Flora, Chapin, Georgetown
2. Strom Thurmond
9. Fairfield Central
Others receiving votes: Chesterfield, Ninety Six, Silver Bluff, Woodland, Cheraw, Bishop England
1. Christ Church
3. Carvers Bay
9. Lake View
Others receiving votes: Great Falls, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Cross, Southside Christian, Lewisville, St. Josephís, Timmonsville
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Andrew Macke, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Thomas Grant, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.