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Playoffs Tonight: What You Need to Know

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The Present

2016

Crescent

Emerald

Record

8-2

4-6

Region Record

3-1

3-2

MaxPreps Rank

98

106

Points For (AVG)

35

29

Points Allowed (AVG)

21

27

Emerald is riding a three game winning streak (Carolina, Southside, Berea) in which their average margin of victory was 38 points. Crescent won their last game in a 36-0 shutout over West Oak. The Vikings and Tigers had only one common foe this season: Palmetto. Both schools lost their match-ups against the Mustangs. Emerald fell 36-14 while Crescent lost 42-34. Crescent’s overall record of 8-2 does not overpower Emerald’s record of 4-6 when their out-of-conference foes are considered. Crescent played Calhoun Falls, Dixie, Palmetto, Fox Creek, Ware Shoals, and Liberty. Emerald played a tougher schedule against Greenwood, Abbeville, Ninety Six, Strom Thurmond, and BHP.

Recent History

In 2015, Crescent had a record of 3 wins, 7 losses (0-5 in their region) and failed to make the playoffs. Emerald had a record of 8 wins, 4 losses (6-2 in their region). They were defeated 38-6 in the opening round of the playoffs by Richland Northeast.

Ancient History

Emerald and Crescent were both members of Region 1-AA from 2008-2009. Emerald swept the two year series. In 2008, the two schools played at Iva, with Emerald prevailing 36-0. The following year Emerald defeated Crescent 21-20 at home.

The Future

It is a sure bet that tonight’s game will be a tough matchup between two deserving teams. Will Emerald make it three wins in a row against Crescent? Only time will tell. The winner of tonight’s game will move on to play Newberry (7-3) or Indian Land (2-8).

Coach K’s Keys to Success

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Coach Barry Kinard outlined three goals that must be accomplished for the Vikings to be victorious tonight.

  1. The defense must stop Crescents double-wing running attack.
  2. The offense must secure the football.
  3. The team must win the battle for time of possession.
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