Stratford, Summerville, Timberland play for state final bids

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's a big night for Stratford, Summerville and Timberland as the three teams are playing for berths in state championship games.

In Goose Creek, it's not the game many people expected or hoped for after Goose Creek lost to South Pointe last week, making a match-up against the two Lowcountry rivals impossible. But the Gators' loss did lock up home field advantage for Stratford this Friday night.

For Stratford, things are coming around after last week's win over the team that handed them their biggest loss earlier in the year, South Florence. It's all about keeping the momentum going against a red-hot South Pointe team.

"They are very talented. It's a whole new ballgame," said Stratford head coach Ray Stackley. "They're good and we're excited."

In Summerville, the Green Wave look to lead John McKissick to his first state title game since 2007, and from the look of it, they are lucky with the draw of Sumter. But McKissick doesn't think this will be an easy game at all.

"We need to do the basics, tackle and get first downs," he said. "We'll hope we can keep it going."

And rounding out the Lowcountry teams still alive this week, Timberland is on the road to a town they know well. Five out of the last six years, Dillon has knocked them out of the playoffs in the lower state finals.

The one year Dillon didn't win, Timberland won the state title. Head coach Art Craig likes where his group is at as they head to the Pee Dee.

"We need to just play Timberland football. We need to go out there and play hard, not make mistakes and see what happens," said Craig.

All of the highlights from tonight's games will be recapped at 11 p.m. on a playoff edition of Friday Night Frenzy.

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