Week 1 recap, by Tyler Cupp

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The Silver Foxes are for real. An absolute statement was made Friday in Ballentine. In case their was any doubt, the two-time defending 5A state champions slaughtered the Vikings Friday. Spring Valley is not a bad football team but this might just be proof of how good Dutch Fork is compared to the rest of the Midlands, and maybe the state. They had 560 yards of total offense compared to just 120 for SV. The highlight was DF wide receiver Jalin Hyatt reaching out for a one-handed touchdown grab that went viral and made its way to the ESPN Sportscenter Top Ten. Go check that out on Twitter.
It’s the first time Spring Valley allowed 60 points since 2007. And the worst defeat for the Vikings since a 59-0 loss to South Pointe back in 2008.

Another statement-making win here. The Gilbert Indians amassed 650 yards of offense. Matt Reed was a stand out, as he caught 11 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns. What is also interesting about Gilbert is that they use two quarterbacks. Josh Strickland and Jy Tolen each threw two touchdowns in the win.

Shymeik Corbett had 112 yards rushing and two total touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat down the Demons in Lugoff. Camden got two defensive touchdowns including a pick six by Brock Dalton. The game was 20-0 at halftime and was never close. I was very impressed with what I saw from Camden. It’s a team with a lot of seniors and experience. They are big up front and tackle well. Hartsville will be a test for them this Friday, but the Bulldogs at this moment are shaping up to be a contender with Chester for region play later next month. Lugoff-Elgin and their inexperience is starting to show through the first two games of the season. They have the talent, just have not put it together yet. In the loss, Sophomore QB Josh Gary threw his first varsity touchdown pass, connecting with Jordan Williams.

In the 75th all time meeting between the schools, B-C took advantage of six turnovers to knock off the Eagles at Airport Stadium. Looking at the stats from this game, turnovers really separated the two teams. The Bearcats had 304 total yards to 310 for Airport. Jo Pradubsri and Reed Charpia both rushed for two touchdowns in the win. The teams will meet again later this season, as they both compete in the same region.

The Battle of the Wood was won by Westwood. The Redhawks played good defense here and may have caught a break with Blythewood’s QB Quinton Patten going down to injury. Westwood’s Joseph Washington returned an interception thrown by backup QB King Ford to score and put the game away. The game was actually scoreless at halftime. Cortez Brabham setup a good touchdown drive with a big kickoff return and then scored on another drive catching a 16 yard pass from Ahmon Green. For the Bengals, Jaylon Boyd rushed for 74 yards in the loss. As for Patten, who left the game due to injury, not much more will be known on the extent of it till Monday.

The Eagles won the Battle for the Bell as Roger Pedroni passed for 194 yards and a score. The Eagles travel to Lugoff-Elgin next week.

In our preview last week, I thought this one could be won in the trenches. Turns out, the Wildcats defensive line got the edge. This Lexington defense has faced, and passed two very tough tests to start the year. They have been able to limit and slow down two of the best running backs and offenses in the Midlands. As they keep gaining confidence, so will their younger players. Akeem Nicholas had a breakout night running for 193 yards in the win. And sophomore Cal Herndon followed up his strong debut with another two touchdown performance.

River Bluff is also 2-0 on the young season, matching their win total from all of last year. They actually opened with two wins to start the year back in the program’s first season in 2014. The Gators may keep this momentum rolling too, as they have some more winnable games coming up before region play starts.

Quick Hits

Eau Claire is 2-0 for the first time since 2006. Last time the Shamrocks got a shutout was in 2010. EC getting it done on defense there, as Javis Lucas hauled in two interceptions.

How about the night for Nathaniel Henderson The Greent Hornets QB completed six passes but five of those went for touchdowns. Desmond Martin caught three of those including intercepting a pass on defense.

The Skyhawks got a huge performance from Andre Wilson who caught nine passes for 160 yards and two scores. He also had a kickoff return for a touchdown, too.

Also in SCISA, two first year head coaches pick up their first wins as Ben Lippen (James Reynolds) beats Pinewood Prep, and Heathwood Hall (Danny Lewis) defeats Wilson Hall.

Midlands Scoreboard
Union 35-AC Flora 14
Porter-Gaud 42-Cardinal Newman 21
Lancaster 47-Fairfield Central 18
Irmo 43-Keenan 12
Ridge View 33-Providence Day(NC) 7
White Knoll 28-Colleton County 21
North Central 33-Columbia 8

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