Baxter's Blitz - Class 3A Week 6

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National high school football analyst Jim Baxter breaks down all of the action in South Carolina and here's a look at the Week Six Action from the Class 3A.

REGION 1
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Walhalla (Walhalla) 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0.8 183 58
Seneca (Seneca) 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0.5 144 106
Crescent (Iva) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 133 126
Pendleton (Pendleton) 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0.8 118 102
West Oak (Westminster) 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 29 280

WHAT HAPPENED
Walhalla moved to 4-1. That, alone, is newsworthy from this region. They beat Landrum 51-0 and are averaging well over 33 points per game, while just allowing 11 per game. Granted, they have not been tested by anyone and region play starts this week so the 4-1 is insignificant at this point. Seneca beat Pickens 38-0 and has probably played the region's toughest non-conference schedule. Pendleton beat Powdersville this week but more importantly, Coach Paul Southerland was taken to the hospital with some cardiac issues. We have been praying and asking for prayers for Coach and his family and community.

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
Walhalla playing Crescent may be the biggest region matchup this week. The Razorbacks are 4-1 facing off with a 3-2 Crescent team who lost to two pretty good teams with winning records (Fox Creek, who just beat 4A Midland Valley and Palmetto).

MY TAKE:
I like Seneca in this region. They are the strongest team in terms of talent and are battle tested. Pendleton could very well be the next up team but Walhalla can't be ignored. Comparable opponents, Pendleton handled Liberty fairly easily while Walhalla was dominated by the Devils.
REGION 2   
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Powdersville (Greenville) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 150 145
Palmetto (Williamston) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 140 71
Emerald (Greenwood) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 115 167
Southside (Greenville) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 112 118
Berea (Greenville) 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0.2 69 139
Carolina (Greenville) 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 25 250

WHAT HAPPENED
Powdersville lost to Pendleton and that was not what I expected; in face, I felt like Powdersville was one of the stronger contenders for the upstate. Emerald lost to BHP and I can't say that was a surprise but this Trojans team is still going to have a say in this region. Palmetto lost their second consecutive game and Berea lost their third consecutive.

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
Palmetto at Emerald is going to give us a little bit of a final picture this week. Those two are in the running for this region.

MY TAKE:
I believe that Powdersville is still the favorite in this region, though both Emerald and Palmetto are right there. None of the three are proving to be dominating at this point and this week's game between the Mustangs and Trojans could clear up some of the smoke. I believe Southside and Berea fight for the fourth spot and Carolina will not win a region game.

REGION 3
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Chapman (Inman) 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 262 64
Broome (Spartanburg) 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0.8 164 67
Newberry (Newberry) 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 156 74
Woodruff (Woodruff) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 149 198
Clinton (Clinton) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 112 160
Mid-Carolina (Prosperity) 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 68 134

WHAT HAPPENED
Clinton beat Chesnee and Mid-Carolina was pounded by Abbeville in the only action this week in the region. All others were idle.

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
Probably the Newberry vs Woodruff game is the best match up. I don't see Chapman nor Broome being challenged in their match ups with Clinton and Mid-Carolina.

MY TAKE:
While I have to respect Newberry and the way Broome has played defensively, lets face it. No one in this region is going to beat Chapman unless the Panthers just self-destruct in the game. So we are really discussing 2nd place, which I believe goes to Newberry or Broome. If I had to pick, I'd say Newberry because they, like Chapman, have a difference maker toting the football.

REGION 4
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Chester (Chester) 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0.833 276 98
Fairfield Central (Winnsboro) 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0.5 187 116
Camden (Camden) 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0.167 140 214
Indian Land (Fort Mill) 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0.167 123 174
Columbia (Columbia) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 112 86

WHAT HAPPENED
Chester beat a hot dog company 50-0, Fairfield-Central got a win over 4A AC Flora after three weeks of losses to powerful opponents. Camden was pummelled by North Myrtle Beach. Columbia lost a close one to Pelion and Indian Land was blown out by Nation Ford.

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
There really aren't any big games in region play this week. Fairfield Central plays Columbia and that may be the best of the bunch.

MY TAKE:
I like the Griffins in this region; they have played the toughest schedule and are extremely talented and fast. Chester has to be considered a major contender, as well so I think it comes down to these two teams. Camden is a little bit of a mystery; inconsistent play has made it difficult to gauge them. I think Columbia is better than their 2-3 record. This team tackles very well and is physical. Their biggest problem is they have ZERO depth and a team that can tempo them with numbers will beat them.

REGION 5
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Gilbert (Gilbert) 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 221 105
Brookland-Cayce (Cayce) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 159 100
Strom Thurmond (Johnston) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 138 93
Edisto (Cordova) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 88 72
Swansea (Swansea) 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0.2 69 167
Pelion (Pelion) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 66 160

WHAT HAPPENED
The biggest news in the region this week was that Brookland-Cayce lost three players to ejection in a game against Gray Collegiate, which the Bearcats won. I've said all season that the only thing that would beat Brookland-Cayce was their lack of leadership and discipline with a few of their players. That could very well be coming to fruition.

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
I'm not sure there are any big games. Gilbert travels to Swansea to play and that may be the best match up. Pelion hosts Brookland-Cayce minus 3 players but I don't think the Panthers can tackle BC's running back.

MY TAKE:
There are three teams who I think could win this thing. Right now, my lean is towards Strom Thurmond. They are aggressive and have three very dynanamic players who are difference makers. Brookland-Cayce with Reed Charpia at quarterback healthy is the scariest team. But they always stand the chance to implode because of a couple of guys. They did it against Lexington; and almost did it again against a Gray team who shouldn't have even been competitive with them. Gilbert seems to be the most complete and consistent team right now. The fact that they can dress 70+ kids means they have some incredible advantages at practice in installing things and establishing tempo. Pelion, Swansea and Edisto are all in the same boat. They will fight for the fourth spot in this region. None of them will be the first three mentioned.

REGION 6
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Dillon (Dillon) 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 194 40
Aynor (Aynor) 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0.8 148 49
Georgetown (Georgetown) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 121 161
Lake City (Lake City) 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0.2 84 159
Waccamaw (Pawleys Island) 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 70 226
Loris (Loris) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 48 107

WHAT HAPPENED
Dillon beat a good Marlboro County team, 24-7. Aynor beat some church team, Word of God Academy. Waccamaw dropped to 0-5 with a loss to Hannah-Pamplico and Loris lost to Carolina Forst.

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
Georgetown vs Aynor is the biggest game in the region this week, though Lake City and Loris will impact, I believe the fourth place finish. 

MY TAKE:
Dillon wins this thing taking a knee...(is it too soon to use that? lol). Aynor and Georgetown appear to be the next best thing in the region but I think Lake City is better than their record, having played a tough schedule. Look for the inwner of Lake City and Loris to get the fourt spot in this region.

REGION 7
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Bishop England (Charleston) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 180 126
Manning (Manning) 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 164 93
Hanahan (Hanahan) 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0.333 139 160
Timberland (St. Stephen) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 45 71
Lake Marion (Santee) 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 34 196

WHAT HAPPENED
Manning beat May River 28-27 improve to 6-0. Hanahan,Timberland and Lake Marion all lost.

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
Manning at Hanahan is the biggest game in the region; mainly because Manning is the favorite in this region but they are playing at Hanahan and anyone who has ever coached a team that played there knows it ain't easy to win in Hanahan because of the flags.

MY TAKE:
Manning should win this region with some resistence from Bishop Englane, who has an explosive offense. I like Hannahan in the mix but don't think they match up well across the eleven with Manning. Timberland is the wildcard here. They are 2-3 but they are very stout on defense and are battle tested. They could very easily sneak up and win this region. Lake Marion will struggle to win in region  play. They can't score points and don't seem to be able to stop their opponents from scoring, giving up 196 points so far this season.

REGION 8
Team Conference Overall  
W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA
Wade Hampton (Hampton) 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0.333 160 182
Bluffton (Bluffton) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 153 158
Ridgeland-Hardeeville (Ridgeland) 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.6 103 121
Battery Creek (Beaufort) 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.4 81 121
May River (Bluffton) 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0.2 80 94

WHAT HAPPENED
Wade Hampton beat Lakewood, Bluffton beat Whale Branch, R-H was hammered by Hilton Head, May River lost to unbeaten Manning and Battery Creek beat Calhoun County in double OT

THIS WEEK'S BIG GAMES:
May River at Bluffton is going to be a good game and a good test for the Bobcats' defense, which has played a little loose. Wade Hampton plays Battery Creek and that will be interesting.

MY TAKE:
Listen, this region is wide open, kind of. I like Bluffton to win it because I think they have the most complete team athleticically. ANY of the other four teams could finish 2nd in this region, though I have to like Wade Hampton's offense. They ARE 2-4 but they have played a very tough out-of-conference schedule. If I had to pick I'd say Bluffton, Wade Hampton, May River in the top three spots.

About Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter is a former coach and nationally published recruiting analyst with more than three decades in the industry. He founded SCVarsity.com as one of the first high school sites on the Rivals.com Network, most recently with Yahoo Sports. He is the author of the best selling "The Book On Evaluating Football Players" and is the host of the South Carolina High School Scoreboard Show on 107.5 The Game. He has operated the oldest independently run combine, coached for the Nike Football Combines and Elite 11 since 1999. He has served in the past on the broadcast crew in both radio and TV for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, as well as the North-South All-Star game. He was a member of the coaching staff for the 2015 Max Emfinger All-American game.