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12 high school football teams from Charleston area remain in playoffs

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Philip Simmons head coach Eric Bendig's team will host Wade Hampton in the second round of the Class AA football playoffs on Nov. 12. File/Staff

The number of teams from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties in the high school football playoffs was trimmed in half last week and 12 teams remain to play Nov. 12 in the second round.

In Class AAAAA, Cane Bay will travel to top-ranked Dutch Fork, which has a 59-game winning streak and has won the last five state championships. Stratford will visit perennial power Sumter while Fort Dorchester hosts Chapin in a battle of top 10 teams. Goose Creek will host Lexington in the other AAAAA contest.

Oceanside Collegiate will host Gilbert in one of the Lower State contests in Class AAA, while Hanahan travels to Brookland-Cayce to face the Region 5 champion.

In Class AA, Philip Simmons will host Wade Hampton, Woodland will host Barnwell, and Timberland plays at Cheraw.

Baptist Hill is the only Class A team remaining from the area. The Bobcats will host Green Sea Floyds, which won state titles in 2018 and 2019.

In SCISA, St. John’s Christian will take on Lee Academy in the Class A playoffs, and Porter-Gaud visits defending state champion and unbeaten Hammond School in Class AAA.

Cross country state championships

The S.C. High School League state championships in boys and girls cross country will be decided this week at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.

The Class AAAA and AAA races will be run Nov. 11. The Class AAAAA, AA and A races are set for Nov. 12.

Teams had to qualify for the state finals with meets last weekend in Newberry. In Class AAAAA, team qualifiers included Ashley Ridge and Wando in the boys, and Stratford, Summerville and Wando in the girls.

Individual boys qualifiers were Griffin McNeish from Summerville and Kyle Strickland of Stratford. Individual girls qualifiers were Sudie Williams of Ashley Ridge and Tess Studley of Fort Dorchester.

James Island and Lucy Beckham qualified for the AAAA boys finals, and defending state champion James Island qualified in the girls.

In Class AAA, Bishop England, the defending state champion, qualified in the boys race, along with Academic Magnet. Individual qualifiers were Logan Taylor of Hanahan and James Herring of North Charleston.

In AAA girls, team qualifiers were Bishop England, Academic Magnet, Hanahan and Oceanside Collegiate. Qualifying as individuals was Ellie Thomas of North Charleston.

Philip Simmons and Timberland were qualifiers in both boys and girls of Class AA. Sienna Johnston of Timberland also qualified as an individual runner.

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