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Gamecocks host Woodmont in first round of 5A playoffs

By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor

Sumter’s varsity football team looks to continue its perfect season on Friday when they host Woodmont in the first round of the state playoffs at Freddie Solomon Memorial Stadium.

The Gamecocks and the Wildcats have never faced off before. Sumter enters the game coming off of their second consecutive perfect regular season at 9-0 while Woodmont comes in with a record of 6-4. 

The Gamecocks are coming off of a 34-14 win over region opponent Irmo last Friday where the offense jumped out early lead in the first quarter scoring 21 unanswered points.

Heading into the playoffs the Gamecocks sit at the number 5 spot still in the 5A rankings. Woodmont is fresh off a blowout, 28-0 loss to T.L. Hanna.

“We are approaching this week just like any other week but we know if we lose we are out. Survive and advance is our mentality but when we are at our best we can be the best team in the state,” said junior wide receiver Marcus Lane. “Coach Barnes is just trying to simulate Woodmont’s offensive sets for our defense because our defense hasn’t played against the offense that Woodment is gonna run yet this year.”

The Gamecock offense scored 412 points in their 9 regular season games this year. That’s an average of 45 points per game. They will be facing a Woodmont defense who is giving up just 18 points per game.

“It’ll be a good matchup, if we play how we normally play and how we are suppose to play we should come out on the winning end,” said junior linebacker Deshawn McKnight. “We have been practicing hard this week to prepare for the Woodmont offense trying to put ourselves in the best position to make the plays in order to win.”

The Gamecocks have given up a total of 99 points in the regular season, for an average of 11 points per game. They will be looking to limit the Woodmont offense who is averaging 26 points per game in their 10 regular season games.

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