The Un - Defeateds

Six weeks ago, 183 teams in the Palmetto State started the season with out a loss and many thought they had the talent to run the table and make it to season's end undefeated. But the hard realty has set in for the majority of these teams and only 14 teams have made it past the first week in October without a blemish on the record.

The Undefeateds

 

Six weeks ago, 183 teams in the Palmetto State started the season with out a loss and many thought they had the talent to run the table and make it to season's end undefeated. But the hard realty has set in for the majority of these teams and only 14 teams have made past the first week in October without a blemish on the record.

 

Today we look at the fabulous 14 and what these teams have accomplished this year and what it will take for them to make it to playoffs with a perfect record.

 

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TL Hanna         6          0          212       72

Where they are:

Perhaps the most surprising team in the state in Class 4A or any class for that matter. The Yellow Jackets are a good team. The schedule is bad and does not get much better but TL Hanna is doing something they have not done much of in the past and that is win football games. Other teams have had favorable schedules but TL Hanna is undefeated and looks pretty good sitting at 6-0

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Greenwood is this week and despite a 2-4 record is very good.

 

Playoff Chances:

Hard to see a deep run for the Jackets.  A first round win and a 10 win season would be a giant step for the program.

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Dorman            6          0          188       48

Where they are:

Undefeated and rolling with a schedule that is not very strong. Dorman has yet to play a team with a winning record. The best teams on the Cavs early season schedule are an underachieving Lexington at 2-4 and a young Greenwood team at 2-4

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Byrnes in Week 8

Spartanburg in Week 9

Both are at Dorman

 

Playoff Chances:

Look to make a run to the semis for the 6th straight year. Must find another offensive option to challenge Rock Hill, Northwestern and Spartanburg.

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Rock Hill          6          0          205       68

Where they are:

Rolling, rolling, rolling. The Bearcats are also the reciepants of an incredible easy early season schedule. Of the 48 teams in Class 4A, the Bearcats schedule rates only 42nd. Rock Hill has played a 2A team and three Class 3A teams in the first 6 games.

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Northwestern in Week 11

Spring Valley in Week 8

 

Playoff Chances:

If the offense comes along then the team can make plans for Columbia. Jim Ringer's teams have always unachedived in the playoffs.

 

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Irmo                 6          0          101       32

Where they are:

Happier than a goose that survived Christmas dinner. The Yellow Jackets have big win after big win and continue to impress and not disappoint.

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Very few, only Sumter and Richland Northeast stand in the way of a perfect season.

 

Playoff Chances:

The playoffs are the opportunity for Irmo to prove themselves. They must show they are ready to compete with the Big 4 from the Upstate and Stratford from the low country.

 

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Stratford          6          0          218       75

Where they are:

Undefeated but still a question mark since they have not played anyone outside the low country and struggled against Battery Creek

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Berkeley in Week 9

 

Playoff Chances:

Stackley's Knight must figure out how to play with the boys from the Upstate. In the past 10 years, Stratford is only 4 -9 against teams from the Piedmont in the playoffs.

 

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Pickens                        6          0          185       17

Where they are:

Ecstatic with a strong start but they want to erase any bad thoughts after starting strong in 2001 before falling flat.

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Belton Honea Path in Week 9

 

Playoff Chances:

They will match up with Region 3 in the first round of the playoffs which means a tough early game against Greer, Newberry, Clinton or Broome.

 

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Greenville        6          0          264       40

Where they are:

Blowing people out in impressive fashion. The offense is truly unstoppable

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Nothing on the schedule makes you worry, anything less than 10-0 would be a huge surprise.

 

Playoff Chances:

Not a playoff veteran team but as a #1 seed in Region 2 they will have a favorable draw. I am not sure they can maintain a one dimensional attack against teams like Union, Greer or Newberry.

 

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Union               6          0          218       95

Where they are:

In the same place they are every year. They have great skill players, better linemen, a QB that is learning quickly and one of the best coaching staffs in the state

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

Newberry this Friday

October 25 against Greer

 

Playoff Chances:

Anything less than the State is considered a disappointment to the people of Union. With this team they may not be disappointed.

 

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Abbeville         6          0          196       35

Batesburg        6          0          211       52

Chapin             6          0          224       88

 

Where they are:

Arguably the best 3 teams in Class 2A are all in the same region. All 3 teams are good enough to make it to Columbia and all three are going to play great football when they match up in the weeks to come.

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

October 11 Batesburg Leesville host Abbeville

October 18 Chapin host Batesburg Leesville

October 25 Chapin host Abbeville

 

Playoff Chances:

1 of these teams will be in Columbia playing for the state. The other 2 will be left thinking they should be there.

 

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Calhoun Falls  6          0          191       16

Where they are:

4 wins over Class 2A team prove this team is ready for the tough region games ahead.

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

October 18 is the date to circle for the game of the season in Class 1A. Ninety SIx comes a calling.

 

Playoff Chances:

The Blue Flashes are hoping to make a better showing in the second half of 2002 than they did in 2001 and are looking for a strong run in the playoffs.

 

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Blacksburg                   6          0          155       93

Where they are:

Undefeated for the first time in many years and playing good sound fundamental football.

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

The region schedule is very favorable

 

Playoff Chances:

The games will be much closer and tougher come playoff times.

 

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Baptist Hill                   6          0          206       25

Where they are:

The same place as last year; undefeated and running away with the Region.

 

Toughest Obstacle the rest of the way

None, only three games are left on the schedule and all are winnable.

 

Playoff Chances:

Who knows, last year the undefeated Bobcats took it hard on the chin in the opening round of the 2001 playoffs.

 


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