The ball seems to bounce a little different in November.

Greenwood Christian coach Jolly Doolittle hopes that saying is more true than ever Friday night, when the Hawks aim for a first-round playoff upset against a juggernaut in Hilton Head Christian.

“It’s a funny shaped ball,” Doolittle said. “You spend a lot of weeks to go into these last three weeks of the season. You do all that stuff in June, July and August to get to this point.”

Greenwood Christian made it in the SCISA Class 2A playoffs out of the state’s most competitive region by winning the final game of the season against Oakbrook Prep 42-0 and finishing fourth with a 2-3 region record.

The Hawks intercepted six passes in the Oakbrook Prep win and logged 375 rushing yards.

“It’s no small feat to make the playoffs in our league,” Doolittle said. “We’re excited about that and we know they (Hilton Head Christian) have a good football team.”

Hilton Head Christian is tied for the No. 3 ranking in the state. The Eagles have won nine straight games, with their only loss coming in Week 0 to Thomas Heyward Academy.

Greenwood Christian has weathered the storm this season with a difficult schedule. The Hawks lost to the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the state, all in region games.

The Hawks’ started have seen plenty of playing time this year. As a small school, Greenwood Christian relies on most of its players to play offense and defense.

“We have six or seven guys that average 140 snaps a game,” Doolittle said. “That’s quite a bit. There’s good football players in this area that certainly haven’t played half as many as that. We got to rely on our guys to play both sides of the ball. It’s a good opportunity. We got to dig in and hopefully keep this thing going for three more weeks.”

Contact sports writer Skylar Rolstad at 223-1813 or follow him on Twitter @SkyRolSports.