Myrtle Beach's reign at the top of the Class AAA state rankings is expectedly over after the Seahawks lost their regular-season finale to rival North Myrtle Beach last week.
It ended an impressive winning streak for Mickey Wilson's team, and it also prevented a wire-to-wire No. 1 spot in the state rankings, as the Seahawks dropped to No. 4. What it didn't affect, as we pointed out last week, was Myrtle Beach's chances of repeating as state champs. The team will still enter the playoffs as a top seed and has at least two home playoff games, should it continue to win. It's a good time to point out that Myrtle Beach was unranked entering the 2013 postseason.
Loris stayed put at No. 5 in Class AA after beating Aynor. That win shored up playoff seeding for the Lions, who will be at home this week against Wade Hampton.
North Myrtle Beach (4-6) was the only other area team appearing the rankings this week, as the Chiefs earned at least one vote in the state's top 10 after that impressive win over the Seahawks.
1. Byrnes; 2. Goose Creek; 3. Dutch Fork; 4. Fort Dorchester; 5. Northwestern; 6. Dorman; 7. Hillcrest; 8. South Florence; 9. Westwood; 10. Fort Mill
Others receiving votes: Spartanburg, Stratford, York, North Augusta, White Knoll
1. Hartsville; 2. Wren; 3. Greer; 4. Myrtle Beach; 5. South Pointe; 6. A.C. Flora; T7. Daniel; T7. Emerald; 9. Seneca; T10. Belton-Honea Path; T10. Swansea
Others receiving votes: Broome, Lancaster, North Myrtle Beach, Berkeley, Chapin
1. Dillon; 2. Timberland; 3. Fairfield Central; 4. Chesnee; 5. Loris; 6. Woodruff; 7. Batesburg-Leesville; 8. Newberry; 9. Cheraw; T10. Strom Thurmond; T10. Powdersville
Others receiving votes: Mid-Carolina, Whale Branch, Keenan, Central, Woodland
1. Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Hemingway; 4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 5. McBee; 6. Williston-Elko; 7. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 8. Lamar; 9. Estill; 10. Lake View
Others receiving votes: Calhoun County, St. Joseph's, Fox Creek
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Andrew Macke, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Thomas Grant, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.