0810 Carson James

Dixie’s Carson James, left, tackles a Calhoun Falls player during the WCTEL Kickoff Classic.

Dixie secured its first win of the season and clinched a playoff spot with last week’s victory against Calhoun Falls. Now, the Hornets will see if they can take that momentum into Friday’s first-round matchup against McBee.

Dixie had its best offensive showing of the season against Calhoun Falls, scoring 36 points. The Hornets are a young team that has consistently struggled to produce on offense.

Prior to the game against Calhoun Falls, Dixie had scored just 61 points in the first nine games of the season.

The Hornets, however, might have a favorable draw in this first-round matchup with McBee, which is 2-8 this season with wins against region foes Great Falls and Timmonsville.

McBee is coming off a 31-0 loss in the final week of the season to Lamar, which is ranked No. 3 in Class 1A.

Still, the Panthers have shown an ability to score at a high level this season, averaging 27.3 points per game. McBee scored 49 points against Great Falls and 48 points against Timmonsville.

Dixie appears to have made strides offensively, but it will still be looking for more growth on defense. The Hornets have allowed an average of 31.5 points to opponents this season.

During last year’s run to the Upper State title game, Dixie hosted McBee and defeated the Panthers 26-6 in the third round of the Class 1A playoffs.

This time around, Dixie will travel across the state to try and keep its season alive.

Contact sports writer Wesley Dotson at 864-943-2530 or follow him on Twitter @WesleyPDotson.