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Week 3 4A/5A Preview

Spartanburg (1-2) at Grayson (GA) (3-0)
Last week Spartanburg jumped out to an early lead on Broome, and pulled away for a 34-3 win, their first of the season. This week they go back down I-85 to Georgia for the second time this season, to face one of the best teams in the Southeast, the Grayson Rams. The Vikings brutal non-region schedule continues with a Grayson team loaded with Division 1 talent. The Vikings got on the right track last Friday, but I think it will be tough to do against the stacked Rams. I think this game is close into the second half, but in the end the Rams talent will prove to be too much.
Hillcrest (3-0) at Boiling Springs (1-2)
The Bulldogs got their first win under new head coach Matt Reel last week with a 28-27 win over Chapman last Friday. This week will be a tough test for them as they host a Hillcrest team that comes in undefeated and has won their first three games by an average of almost 30 points. Boiling Springs got their offense rolling last week but I don’t think they will be able to keep up with Hillcrest for four quarters. The Rams should pull away in the second half and move to 4-0.
Mallard Creek (1-2) at Gaffney (1-1)
The Indians got on the right track last week with a 14-7 win over Hammond. Gaffney’s defense was outstanding, but there are still questions about the offense. Quarterback Grayson Loftis will look to get that side of the ball fixed this Friday, but they face a defense that allowed just 16 points to South Pointe last week. I think this will be tight until the end and will most likely be a low scoring ballgame. Look for the Indians to make enough plays on offense down the stretch to pull out a close victory.
Greer (1-2) at Byrnes (3-0)
Both of these teams are coming off of impressive wins. Greer blew out Blue Ridge 56-20 while Byrnes continued their early season dominance with a 56-28 win over Greenville. Byrnes has been unstoppable on offense so far this year averaging 57.3 points through their first three games. Greer got on the right track last week, but the defense showed some holes in their first two games, both losses. I think Byrnes jumps out early and forces Greer to play from behind. This will make the Yellow Jackets throw the ball more than they would like and Byrnes defensive line will be able to get enough pressure to cause problems. Byrnes should stay unbeaten with another big win.

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