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Week 10 featured only one major shakeup, the Hanna-Hillcrest game. Everything else was quite predictable. One team played its final game on Friday, Pendleton, finishing up at 1-9 and 0-4 in region. The other seven Anderson County teams will compete in the 1st round of their respective classifications’ playoffs. Most have decently favorable matchups.

I was at Presbyterian College on Saturday, watching the Blue Hose get hosed once more. This time, 56-14 against Stetson. Stetson. Stetson isn’t very good, not even good. Stetson is bad. Head coach Kevin Kelley spoke with conviction earlier this year at an Anderson Touchdown Club meeting, lauding his inability to punt. 

The Blue Hose punted twice on Saturday. Their inability to punt has turned into an inability to win. 

Anyways, to last week’s games. I’m far less critical of high school kids.

Hillcrest 44, T.L. Hanna 28

Hanna was down big, early. First-quarter fumbles will do that to you. As a team that runs the ball probably 90 percent of the time, it’s tough to come back from 24-0. 

Hanna’s offensive woes shouldn’t discount Hillcrest’s offense, though. For the first time this season, a team had its way with Hanna’s defense. Bennett Judy completed 20 of his 24 passes for 316 yards and 3 TDs. Logan Coldren had 107 yards and a tuddy on 18 carries. 

Personally, I hate that non-region games count for nothing. And I get it, some teams schedule cupcakes to make the town happy, and others schedule tough opponents to strengthen the team. I just don’t enjoy a 7-3 team being seeded higher than a 9-1 team. 

On the bright side, remember when Clemson lost to Pittsburgh in 2016 and eventually went on to win the national championship against Alabama? Remember in the year prior, Clemson lost to Alabama in that same championship game? Hanna lost to Dutch Fork in the state championship last year. 

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Kenny Fretwell throws over two Hillcrest defenders

Sometimes a loss is needed to prove you aren’t unbeatable. Hanna will host Dorman this Friday in the 1st round. While Dorman isn’t the Dorman of old, all of its losses have been close. Hanna should win this one but I’ll be interested to see if there’s any carryover from Hillcrest. 

Powdersville 43, Southside 12

Another blowout victory for the Patriots resulted in a 10-0 season and a region championship. Powdersville has been so dominant each week, I’m running out of good things to say about them. Friday marked the 7th straight 40-plus-points outburst for the Patriots. 

One good thing is Thomas Williams is back. And yeah, he’s been back. But now he’s “stuff-the-stat-sheet” and “demolish-school-records” back. 

Williams ran for 239 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 20 carries. Eli Hudgins was efficient, as usual: 12-18, 105 yards and a TD to Kyle Rice. 

Southside came into this game boasting a 4-0 region record. Personally, I thought it’d be a closer one than this. 

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Eli Hudgins hands off to Thomas Williams

Powdersville will host Broome this Friday in the 1st round. The Patriots handed the Centurions a 46-28 loss way back in Week 0. It’ll happen again.  

Wren 49, Pendleton 0

At least it’s the last time I’ll pick at Pendleton. Finishing the season being outscored 169-0 in your final three games doesn’t bode well for trying to build momentum for next season in an already lost season. 

That’s all I’ll say about Pendleton because Wren deserves the credit here. 

Malachi Hill had a field day on only 10 carries, with 159 yards and 4 touchdowns. Gavin Owens completed 9 of his 13 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Owens also ran for a score. 

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Malachi Hill

Unfortunately, or fortunately, the season concludes for the Bulldogs. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, will host Fairfield Central this Friday in the 1st round. I gotta be honest, I know nothing of Fairfield Central. They’re down there in that region featuring teams that have to fight to be considered Upstate. I bet they don’t even get WYFF-4 in dem parts. 

Westside 48, Pickens 7

All is well in Anderson County when the Rams are ramming. Last week, Westside clinched the region championship. This week, they tuned it up at one of the many auto-repair stores on the west side of Anderson before going to Pickens. 

The game was played at Bruce Field, Pickens’ old stadium, due to issues with their current field. Bruce Field is quite unique, and this isn’t the first time a game has been moved over there. I’m starting to wonder if they do this on purpose. 

Pete Zamora had a perfect night and completed all 8 of his passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Four Ram rushers had a touchdown on Friday. Amir Dendy, Hunter Puckett, Dee Robertson and Mikey Scott all scored for the Rams. Dendy had the most yards with 48. 

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Amir Dendy

Westside will host Greer this Friday in round one. Earlier this season, Westside fell to Greer 28-25, but was without many of its players, including Zamora, due to COVID.  

Daniel 35, Belton-Honea Path 7

No offense, Bears, but it was expected. Daniel’s Trent Pearman was excellent once more. Pearman completed 24 of his 36 passes for 306 yards and 3 TDs. Chris Edge contributed 92 yards and 2 more touchdowns. 

A.J. Pendleton’s rushing was the bright spot for the Bears. Pendleton had 95 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He could only complete 1 of his 7 passes, but that one did go for 42 yards to Eli Strickland. 

Daniel’s offense racked up twice the amount of yardage the Bears did (408-204). 

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A.J. Pendleton

The Bears will travel to Chester for their 1st round matchup. The Cyclones sport a 6-3 record, 3-1 in region 4. 

Palmetto 43, Carolina Academy 0

Poor Trojans. Getting trounced 43-0 to complete the imperfect season of 0-9 probably doesn’t bode too well for the athletics department over there. 

I suppose the name Trojans is fitting… you know what, I’m not going there. Kids read this site. 

This was just what the doc ordered for the Mustangs, though. The Palmetto defense was stout, snagging 2 pick-6’s, one from C.J. Moody, another from Chris Lollis. Ragen Davenport, credited with turning the Mustang offense around with his insertion as starting QB midway through the season, completed 11 of his 19 passes for 139 yards and 2 TDs. 

Punter Manny Garcia was the Mustangs’ leading rusher. Garcia took a botched punt 52 yards to the house himself. 

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C.J. Moody and Ragen Davenport

Presbyterian’s Kevin Kelley would shake his head in disbelief. 

Palmetto will travel to Clinton this Friday for its 1st-round matchup. The Mustangs definitely have the least favorable matchup for Anderson County this week. The Red Devils sport a 9-1 record and Wilder Stadium will be rocking. You know, I do have 2 career catches for the Red Devils… so they got that going for them.

Crescent 50, Liberty 7

The absolute only way that Liberty in Iva could be discarded anymore is if there was a vaccine mandate thrown down in Iva. To them, though. 

Friday was once again the Kaydon Sauers-Darius Latimer show. Sauers added 4 to his season total: 2 through the air, 2 on the ground. Latimer rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown and caught another from Sauers. 

Crescent finished up its regular season at 4-5, 3-2 in region. After a 1-4 start overall, the Tigers’ turnaround is one to applaud. 

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Kaydon Sauers

Crescent has to travel to Chesnee for its 1st-round matchup this Friday. The Eagles have a 3-7 record but are 2-1 in region play. 

If Sauers and Latimer can carry the offense, it’s a winnable game for the Tigers.

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Caleb is from Clinton but has family ties in Anderson. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in May with a bachelor's degree in journalism. When he's not on the sidelines, Caleb enjoys watching sports, playing video games and basketball.