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High school football teams begin playoffs Friday night

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Philip Simmons head coach Eric Bendig's team will host its first-ever state playoff game when Mullins visits on Friday. Lauren Petracca/Staff

The high school football playoffs begin Nov. 5 with more than 20 Lowcountry teams playing first-round games Friday night.

Fort Dorchester enters the playoffs as the second-ranked team in Class AAAAA and hosts Berkeley in a first-round clash. In other Class AAAAA matchups, Ashley Ridge and Cane Bay will meet a second time this season, as will Goose Creek and Summerville. West Ashley hosts Stratford in another rematch.

James Island earned a spot in the Class AAAA playoffs but faces a difficult challenge in a road game at West Florence.

Oceanside Collegiate is one of the favorites in Class AAA, entering the postseason on a five-game winning streak. Philip Simmons, 9-1, will host its first-ever state playoff game when Mullins visits on Friday on a Class AA game. 

Unbeaten Baptist Hill opens the Class A playoffs at home against Scott’s Branch.

In SCISA, Porter-Gaud will host Heathwood Hall in Class AAA, and First Baptist hits the road to take on defending state champion and undefeated Hammond.

St. John’s Christian is at Calhoun Academy in Class A. The Cavaliers beat Calhoun earlier this season. Also in Class A, Dorchester Academy will host Lee Academy and Colleton Prep is at Thomas Sumter.

Defending eight-man state champion Holly Hill Academy will

Friday's high school playoffs

Class AAAAA

Berkeley at Fort Dorchester

Ashley Ridge at Cane Bay

Stratford at West Ashley

Summerville at Goose Creek

Class AAAA

James Island at West Florence

Class AAA

Lake City at Oceanside Collegiate

Lakewood at Hanahan

Bishop England at Camden

Class AA

Mullins at Philip Simmons

Pelion at Timberland

Woodland at Andrews

Class A

Scott’s Branch at Baptist Hill

Cross at C.E. Murray

St. John’s at Carver’s Bay

SCISA

Class AAA

First Baptist at Hammond

Heathwood Hall at Porter-Gaud

Class A

St. John’s Christian at Calhoun Academy

Lee Academy at Dorchester Academy

Colleton Prep at Thomas Sumter

8-man

Laurens Academy at Holly Hill Academy

open the playoffs at home against Laurens Academy.

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