McCormick accomplished just what it wanted to do before the playoffs began.
The Chiefs put an end to a two-game losing skid and cleaned up some of its offensive miscues in a dominant, 42-0 win against Ware Shoals last week.
McCormick will now turn its attention to a first-round matchup with Williston-Elko.
McCormick missed out on a first-round bye in the Class 1A playoffs when it suffered a two-point loss to Whitmire in a region title game that lasted three overtimes.
The Chiefs, however, will still have home-field advantage and be considered heavy favorites against the Blue Devils. Williston-Elko finished the regular season 3-7 and has wins against region foes Estill, North and Denmark-Olar.
Quarterback Tres Rimes leads the offensive attack for Williston-Elko. He has 1,690 passing yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. Running back Deshawn Singleton is another key player for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils will make their 13th consecutive playoff appearance Friday night against the Chiefs.
Before its two-game losing streak, McCormick had been on a three-game winning streak, defeating Eau Claire, Dixie and Calhoun Falls while averaging nearly 40 points per game during that stretch.
McCormick coach Paul Pratt has said penalties have been the difference for his team in many games this season. The Chiefs have freshman starters on both sides of the ball.
The Chiefs showed more discipline last week, but Pratt still wants to see continued improvement.
Offensively, McCormick has shown an ability all season to create explosive plays. Freshman running back A’Chean Durant and freshman quarterback Suderian Harrison have led the offensive charge for the Chiefs.
Durant has multiple games with two touchdowns and more than 200 yards rushing, and Harrison has thrown for more than 1,150 yards this season.
In the next round, a matchup with Class 1A powerhouse Wagner-Salley will await the winner.