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Co-champion Irmo gets a No. 3 seed

SCHSL 4A Playoffs

The Irmo Yellow Jackets, 5-3 overall and 4- 1 in Region 4-4A, ended the season in a three-way tie for first place in Region 4-4A. However, as a result of the tie breaker, Irmo finished third and will have to travel to York in the first round of the playoffs.

“We’re just like any other team,” head coach Aaron Brand said. “We’re a little beat up and banged up. We’re excited, though, about our trip to York.”

It is a far cry from where the Yellow Jackets were positioned just three weeks ago, when a win over A.C. Flora had them in the driver’s seat for the outright region title.

“It is what it is, but at the end of the day, we still won a region championship,” head coach Aaron Brand said. “That was one of our small goals. We would have liked to be the outright champions, but the next best thing is to share it.

As a No. 3 seed Yellow Jackets square off with the York Cougars, who finished 7-2 overall and 3-1 in Region 3-4A.

Irmo’s offense is led by quarterback Izayah Whiteside, who has thrown for almost 2,000 yards. His favorite target this season has been D’Aree Rogers, who has more than 1,000 receiving yards.

Brand wants to see Whiteside find more receiving targets than Rogers against York.

Eric Tucker has led the Yellow Jackets’ rushing attack, amassing over 700 yards on the season.

For the season, Irmo is averaging 33.9 points per game. York’s defense is giving up 15.3 points per game.

On the other side of the ball, Brand wants others besides Nick Emmanwori to get some tackles. He leads a defense that is giving up 23.6 points per game.

York’s offense is averaging 23.4 points per game.

Other keys to the game include better performances along both the offensive and defensive lines. Brand said his team also needs to run the ball better.

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