North Augusta will be one of four area South Carolina football teams playing at home this week in the state playoffs.
Of those four teams, the Yellow Jackets have waited the longest for a home playoff game.
The postseason contest will be the first at North Augusta since 2002, according to scfootballhistory.com. Those Yellow Jackets, under the direction of coach Joe Long , fell to Conway 30-13. Friday will be the rematch, and fourth-year North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said he doesn't expect his squad to suffer a similar fate.
"If we play well we'll be fine," he said. "And I can't imagine us not being focused and ready. I think we learned our lesson against Lexington."
North Augusta beat Lexington two weeks ago in a region win but not before surviving a scare. The Yellow Jackets trailed by two touchdowns early in the game and fell behind by one score in the second half before converting four consecutive touchdowns in a 41-29 victory on the road.
The 10-1 Yellow Jackets hope to avoid a letdown against Conway (5-6).
"It'll be our first home playoff game in a long time," Pippin said. "We're expecting a big crowd and they know we've got a legitimate chance to be successful."
ALL-STARS: Williston-Elko's Quantel Mack and Silver Bluff coach Al Lown have been named to the 2009 Palmetto Champions All-Star Team and will be honored by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association at a banquet Dec. 3.
Mack was selected as the top back in Class A upper state after making 22 receptions for 212 yards and six touchdowns for the undefeated Blue Devils. He also has two interceptions.
Lown, named the Class AA Lower State Coach of the Year, led the Bulldogs to another region championship. Silver Bluff (9-2) will play host to Cheraw (7-4) this week in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.
OFFICIALLY ARTIFICIAL: Midland Valley (9-2) will play its second round Class AAA state playoff game on artificial turf this Friday.
The Mustangs will play Myrtle Beach (10-1) in Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, which had FieldTurf installed in 2008.