Yellow Jackets set the standard for tough schedules in Class 3A


Dave Pickren
June 26, 2006

Without a doubt the toughest schedule in the state among 3A teams belongs to the Union Yellow Jackets. Never one to back down from a challenge, the Yellow Jacket slate features games against 5 teams that have won state titles this century.

With the changes to Class 3A region and alignment this year, most teams will play only 3 non region games. The result is the tougher schedules will come from the region that are rated higher since the region slate now makes up 70% of the overall schedule.

1 Union
Not near as tough as last year due to the expansion to 8 team regions. Union drops York and Fairfield in order to play the 7 region games. Still an opening 3 games against Dorman, Gaffney and Spartanburg are brutal. Games against Clinton and Greer makes the schedule a challenge each almost each week.

2 Greer
The Yellow Jackets are the only 3A school to face 3A the Byrnes juggernaut. Tough games against Daniel and Union and on the road at Clinton

3 Daniel
Region 1 in Class 3A has been a traditional powerhouse over the years. The Lions will navigate games against Seneca, BHP, Pickens and newcomer Greenville in the region and will face Greer and 4A Hanna and Westside outside the region.

4 Blythewood
The newly opened Richland County School will open with games against district rivals Ridge View and RNE and 1A power Lamar on the road. The region features tough games against Camden, Fairfield Central and up and coming Chester.

5 Fairfield-Central
The Griffins play all comers in Spring Valley, Rock Hill and Newberry to start the season and Camden, Lugoff and Chester in the region slate

6 Marlboro County
The Dawgs move down to 3A for the first time ever but still travel north of the border to face Tar Heel powerhouses Richmond County and Scotland County. 2A finalist Cheraw rounds out the non conference slate

7 Greenville
The Raiders step up to the plate in 200 with games at Gaffney and host JL Mann and Rock Hill. The move to Region 1after years in Region 2 will greatly increase the difficulty of the Raider schedule with games against Pickens, Daniel, Belton Honea Path and Seneca

8 Clinton
The defending 3A upper state champion opens with 3 tough rival games against Newberry, Woodruff and Laurens. The region slate feature Union and Greer

9 Strom Thurmond
The defending champ opens with 4A North Augusta before visiting 2A champ Batesburg-Leesville. Also on the calendar are South Aiken, Silver Bluff and Chapin

10 Darlington
The Falcon open with county rival Hartsville and then visit 2A finalist Cheraw. Lamar, Marlboro Co. and Wilson round out the slate

11 Hilton Head - Beaufort, St John's, @Georgetown, Hampton
12 J. L. Mann - Greenville, Greer, @Union, @Clinton
13 Belton Honea-Path - @Laurens, Westside, Palmetto, Daniel ,@Pickens, Seneca, @Greenville

14 Myrtle Beach Conway, Dillon, Georgetown

15 Chapin - @Dutch Fork, Newberry, Strom Thurmond

16 Crestwood - @ Sumter, @ Marlboro Co., @ Wilson, Darlington

17 Swansea - Blackville-Hilda, Calhoun County, @Strom Thurmond, Chapin
18 Brookland-Cayce - @ Richland-Northeast, Columbia, @ Strom Thurmond, Chapin

19 Blue Ridge - @Greer, @Clinton, Union

20 Chester - Indian Land, York, Camden, Fairfield Central



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