Berkeley County high school football teams have survived and advanced through two weeks of postseason play and are aiming to make more noise as the playoffs heat up.
Three have already won two playoff games and another could add to the total Monday (after press time).
Goose Creek’s second-round game against Summerville was washed out Friday and Saturday and was slated for 7 p.m. Monday at John Fulmer Field. The winner advances to tangle with Carolina Forest Friday in Myrtle Beach.
Timberland used a big second half to pull away from Bamberg-Ehrhardt Friday in the Class AA playoffs. The Wolves head to Barnwell in the third round for a rematch of last year’s playoff clash in St. Stephen.
The Warhorses eliminated Timberland, 32-6, in 2018.
“We’re excited to go up there and see if we’ve gotten any better from last year,” Timberland coach Art Craig said. “If we play like we’re capable and don’t get shellshocked early, I like our chances.”
The winner tangles with Oceanside Collegiate or Woodland in the Lower State final Nov. 29.
Cross was clutch in the fourth quarter Friday to eliminate Baptist Hill, 34-26, in the Class A playoffs.
The Trojans scored twice to break a 20-20 tie and are on to the third round after not winning a game last fall. Quarterback Deondre Brown ran for two scores and passed for another as visiting Cross avenged a regular-season loss.
Cross travels to Lake View Friday.
“Lake View is a perennial power,” Cross coach Shaun Wright said. “You go to their stadium and you see all the state championship banners. Coach (Daryl) King is one of the best coaches in the state of South Carolina. Their kids are tough kids. They do a great job in the weight room and schematically.”
The Cross-Lake View winner travels to meet either C.E. Murray or Green Sea Floyds in the Lower State final.
The two last played in 2017 when the Wild Gators used a big second half to win 32-12 in the playoffs. Lake View also won a postseason encounter, 14-6, in 2015.
St. John’s Christian Academy is into the SCISA 8-man championship game Friday against unbeaten Andrew Jackson. The game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Matthews.
The Cavaliers have not been to the final since 2012, when they lost a barnburner to Wardlaw. They were also runner-ups in 2004 and 2005.
The program’s last championship came in 1989, when the school was known as Lord Berkeley Academy.
“They’re obviously a very good team,” said Cavs coach John McCall, a player for SJCA in 2004 and 2005 and assistant coach in 2012. “They’ve got a lot of depth and they’re very good up front. They’ve got about four or five guys who can carry one to the house on you.”
The two squads clashed earlier in Ehrhardt and the Confederates came away with a 32-24 victory.
“That game we played last time could have gone either way,” McCall said. “It was a ballgame to the end. Maybe the ball will bounce our way this time.”