Goose Creek (13-1) vs. Greenwood (13-1)
Classification: Division II-AAAA
TIME, DATE, LOCATION: Noon. Saturday at Clemson
COACHES: Chuck Reedy Goose Creek; Gene Cathcart, Greenwood.
NOTABLE: Greenwood was state runner-up last year and goes after its first state title since 2006 when the Eagles beat Conway in the championship. Greenwood's only loss was a 47-21 loss to Gaffney in Week 2. Greenwood is averaging 36 points a game. Goose Creek's only loss was a 52-51 double overtime decision to University School in Week 2. The Gators allowed only 99 points in the other 13 games. Goose Creek is No. 34 in the country, according to MaxPreps. Greenwood is No. 140.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Goose Creek fullback Virgil Smalls. The Shrine Bowl selection has rushed for 1,164 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Philip M. Bowman's PICK: Goose Creek, 24-21
Bluffton (14-0) vs. South Pointe (13-1)
Classification: Class AAA
TIME, DATE, LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Clemson
COACHES: Ken Cribb, Bluffton; Strait Herron, South Pointe
NOTABLE: Bluffton, winners of 27 of its last 28 games can win its first state championship since the school opened in 2004. The Bobcats' strength on offense is its passing game, but they have rushed for 183 yards per game. Jerry Scott leads the way with 878 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. South Pointe opened its doors in 2005 and has played in three state championships in the last four years. The Stallions have outscored four playoff foes by a 176-68 margin. They topped York 38-15 last week to reach the title game.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Bluffton quarterback C.J. Frazier. He's thrown for 3,367 yards and 54 touchdown passes.
PMB's PICK: Bluffton, 31-28
Timberland (13-1) vs. Woodruff (13-0)
Classification: Division I-AA
TIME, DATE, LOCATION: 8:30 p.m. today at Benedict College
COACHES: Art Craig, Timberland; Brian Lane, Woodruff
NOTABLE: Timberland is playing in a state championship game for the second time after Alex Krall kicked a game-winning 41-yard field goal against Dillon. He was only 1 of 7 before nailing two field goals against Dillon. Woodruff has won 10 state titles but its last came in 1984. The Wolverines last appeared in the state finals in 1993.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Timberland split end/defensive back Lee Mayes. He has 350 yards and seven TDs receiving and has 44 tackles and five interceptions on defense.
PMB's PICK: Timberland, 17-10
Bishop England (12-1) vs. Central (11-2)
Classification: Division II-AA
TIME, DATE, LOCATION: 5:30 p.m. today at Benedict College
COACHES: John Cantey, Bishop England; Joey Mangum, Central
NOTABLE: Central is playing in its fourth straight state championship while Bishop England is making its first appearance in the title game since 1976. The Eagles lost to Dillon in 2008 and '09 and topped Dillon in the title game last fall. The Eagles have used balance to roll to eight straight victories, including four shutouts. Bishop England has recorded six shutouts and has not lost since the season opener, a 14-12 setback to West Ashley.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Bishop England's Andrew Bunch. He's a three-year starter who this season has 710 yards rushing, 433 yards receiving and 47 tackles.
PMB's PICK: Bishop England, 10-7
Gaffney (14-0) vs. Byrnes (12-2)
Classification: Division I-AAAA
TIME, DATE, LOCATION: 3 p.m. Saturday at Clemson
COACHES: Dan Jones, Gaffney; Chris Miller, Byrnes
NOTABLE: A battle of Class AAAA titans: Gaffney has 15 state titles under its belt while Byrnes has 10. The two schools played on Sept. 16 with the Indians gaining a 35-13 road victory at Nixon Field -- their second straight over the Rebels. Gaffney gave up 27 points against West Ashley in the first round of the playoffs, but has allowed only a combined 10 points in the next two games. The Indians are allowing only 9.8 points a game and will be tested by a Rebel offense that averages 40.1 points a game.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley. He's completed 222 of 342 passes for 3,371 yards and 46 touchdowns.
PMB's PICK: Gaffney, 28-17