FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Eagles, Warriors crack top 10 in preseason poll


The preseason S.C. Prep Football Media Poll was released Monday with sports journalists from around the Palmetto State weighing in on their top 10 teams from each SCHSL classification entering the 2022 season.

Beaufort and Whale Branch repped the Lowcountry in the initial poll, as the 2021 Class 4A runner-up Eagles checked in at No. 7 in their new home in Class 3A, while Whale Branch is ranked sixth to start the season in Class 1A.

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1. Gaffney (10)

2. Dutch Fork (1)

3. Fort Dorchester

4. Spartanburg

5. Hillcrest

6. Sumter

T7. Byrnes

T7. Dorman

9. Lexington

10. TL Hanna

Others receiving votes: Nation Ford, Summerville, Clover, Spring Valley, Mauldin


1. South Pointe (10)

2. Northwestern

3. Greenville (1)

4. AC Flora

5. West Florence

6. Greenwood

7. South Florence

8. Hartsville

9. Myrtle Beach

10. Westside

Others receiving votes: Ridge View, York, Catawba Ridge, Irmo, Greer, Laurens, James Island


1. Daniel (9)

2. Camden (2)

3. Dillon

4. Powdersville

5. Brookland-Cayce

6. Clinton

7. Beaufort

8. Gilbert

9. Chester

10. Aynor

Others receiving votes: Wren, Chapman, Crestwood, Lower Richland, Seneca, Travelers Rest, Woodruff, Philip Simmons, Hanahan


1. Gray Collegiate (9)

2. Abbeville (1)

3. Oceanside Collegiate (1)

4. Silver Bluff

5. Saluda

6. Cheraw

7. Barnwell

8. Newberry

9. Kingstree

10. Fairfield Central

Others receiving votes: Andrew Jackson, Timberland, Chesterfield, Ninety-Six, Woodland, Strom Thurmond, Keenan, Marion, Crescent, Landrum, Blacksburg


1. Southside Christian (11)

2. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

3. Christ Church

4. Lamar

5. Lake View

6. Whale Branch

7. Baptist Hill

8. Johnsonville

9. Calhoun County

10. St. Joseph’s

Others receiving votes: Ridge Spring-Monetta, Lewisville, C.A. Johnson, Dixie, Wagener-Salley, Williston-Elko, Great Falls, Branchville, Hannah-Pampkico

Voters this week: Lou Bezjak (The State), Tyler Cupp (WRHI), Chris Dearing (Cola Daily/Prep RedZone), Thomas Grant (Lexington Chronicle), Ian Guerin (My Horry News/Prep Redzone), Travis Jenkins (News & Reporter), Wes Kerr (LowcoSports), Tim Leible (The Sumter ItJames McBee (Boiling Springs Sports Journal). David Shelton (Post and Courier/HSSR), Pete Yanity (WSPA)

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