And then there were two.
Three of the final five remaining Grand Strand football teams fell on Friday, leaving only Myrtle Beach and Loris in contention for state titles. Not so coincidentally, those are the two area teams who were ranked in their respective state polls from start to finish this season.
Most would consider the Class AAA defending champs Myrtle Beach to have a better shot at winning it all, if for no other reason that the Lions will be headed to powerhouse Dillon next week. But also, the Seahawks did some things in the victory over Hanahan this week that made them stand out even more.
For starters, the Seahawks didn't miss a beat without starting quarterback Drayton Arnold. Back-up Jake Deskins threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Tailback Brandon Sinclair rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns. And Kyle Belack, the area's leading receiver in 2014, stepped in at cornerback and picked off three Hanahan first-half pass attempts.
Add in one of the offensive line's best performances of the year - they were crucial in an 8-minute, fourth-quarter drive that milked the clock and prevented the Hawks from getting more chances to come back - and Myrtle Beach is still in good shape.
AROUND THE AREA...
In it's first year back at Class AAAA, Socastee fell 34-19 on the road at Stratford.
Georgetown's season ended at 8-4 with a 42-0 loss at Class AAA No. 1 Hartsville.
Loris picked up a road playoff victory over Ridgeland-Hardeeville, and next week the Lions will head to Dillon, which defeated Waccamaw in the second round.
NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Loris (11-1) at Dillon (12-0)
Marlboro County (7-5) at Myrtle Beach (11-1)