AAA Playoff Roundup: 1st Round Shockers

SCPrepNation.com gives you a rundown on the major happenings in the AAA playoffs. Inside find out who pulled the shockers and who was sent packing. J.T. Floyd (pictured) who is a 2008 Tennessee commit showed just why he's one of the state's best juniors sparking the state's biggest upset.

Many South Carolina high school football fans had their brackets filled out and ready to stack them up against their friends but our money says nobody correctly forecasted the AAA brackets after some significant upsets in the first round Friday night as both occurred in the upper state bracket.

J.L. Mann at Belton Honea Path
It all started with the fall of #1 seed in the upstate AAA bracket BHP. The Bearcats were riding high after dropping former #1 ranked Greenville but ran into a determined J.L. Mann team that features junior cornerback J.T. Floyd who's already committed to the Tennessee Volunteers. The Bearcats appeared to have the game in hand with a 13-0 lead at halftime but Mann head coach Mickey Crocker and staff pushed a few buttons apparently as the Patriot defense stood tall scoring their only touchdown of the game. Their offense managed to get in field goal range twice and came away with successful both times. Defensive lineman John Payton scored the first touchdown for the Patriots as he lived a lineman's dream ripping the ball from BHP QB Hyekeng Paul and motoring 83 yards to the endzone.

It was then the Tennessee commit, J.T. Floyd, who made the big play that put the Patriots over the top against the Bearcats with a tremendous read and break on a Matthew Moore pass. Floyd picked the pass off and darted through BHP tacklers and 42 yards later he was in the endzone to put J.L. Mann ahead 19-13 before the extra point kick attempt.

A shocked Bearcat faithful could only watch on as the Patriots celebrated as time expired and will now move on to play Riverside on the road next Friday. The Patriots and Warriors played earlier in the year with the Patriots nabbing the win in a 3-0 defensive struggle.

Union at Greenville
Normally the Union Yellow Jackets are one of the most feared teams in AAA and this past Friday they showed that even as underdogs their sting can be painful as they handed high powered Greenville a 21-14 loss.

With the Red Raiders it's been a dose of Shrine Bowl QB Matt Lentz early and often. When their field general went down with an injury you could feel the life go out of the Red Raider fans and see the hopes of the Union team and their fans liven. Lentz went down almost halfway through the second quarter and from there the Union offense under the direction of L.J. Mobley rammed the ball down the Red Raider defense's throat. Mobley who normally lines up at wide receiver played his first game at quarterback and managed the offense pretty well all things considered.

It was Union running back Fred Bates who did most of the damage for the Yellow Jackets running for a touchdown to go along with 96 yards on the night. After leaving Sirrine Stadium victorious Union now must travel to Greer to face Shrine Bowl linebacker Chris Owens and 1000+ yard running back Antoine Cross.


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