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
Berkeley at Fort Dorchester
Ashley Ridge at Cane Bay
Stratford at West Ashley
Summerville at Goose Creek
James Island at West Florence
Lake City at Oceanside Collegiate
Lakewood at Hanahan
Bishop England at Camden
Mullins at Philip Simmons
Pelion at Timberland
Woodland at Andrews
Scott’s Branch at Baptist Hill
Cross at C.E. Murray
St. John’s at Carver’s Bay
First Baptist at Hammond
Heathwood Hall at Porter-Gaud
St. John’s Christian at Calhoun Academy
Lee Academy at Dorchester Academy
Colleton Prep at Thomas Sumter
Laurens Academy at Holly Hill Academy
open the playoffs at home against Laurens Academy.