High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp
LEXINGTON 21 GILBERT 14
The Wildcat defense is for real. On paper, this team has contained some really talented offenses the last three weeks. I am so impressed by what I have read and heard about Lexington. One had to think this Wildcat D would be tested against a fantastic, and dynamic Gilbert attack, and they held them under 20 points. Maybe even more impressive, is that the Lexington offense is led by first year starter sophomore Cal Herndon. The talented baseball player led the offense to three first half touchdowns and the defense hunkered down in the second half. A really bizarre stat however in this game was that after accumulating 330 total yards in the first half, Lexington had just 30 in the final 24 minutes.
CHAPIN 27 LUGOFF-ELGIN 14
This game was actually tied at halftime, seven a piece before Chapin wore down the Demons. The Eagles got a couple of TD runs from Taison Thomas who also rushed for over 100 yards, too. As predicted, the Eagles while young, are very well coached and prepared. The offensive line may be a project for Justin Gentry, but it’s a lot of talented pieces to play with for the future. The defense flies around the ball too. As for Lugoff-Elgin, the young nucleus which returned only a small handful of starters from a year ago is still trying to pick up the scheme. I think the defense of LE is getting better, and should keep them competitive early in games. It’s going to be on the shoulders of offense to evolve and progress as the season goes along.
DREHER 28 GRAY COLLEGIATE 24
The Blue Devils avenge the loss they took to the War Eagles from a year ago. I got to hear both coaches in a radio interview and it sounded like a great game. Dreher scored with under :30 seconds left on the clock. The Blue Devils actually were behind 16-0 at one point, too. Some big time numbers came out of this contest, too. One of my backs to watch, Dada Washington had 208 yards on 31 carries and a score. On the other side, Hunter Helms passed for a ton of yards for the War Eagles, and most of those went to Kyser Samuel who had 247 yards on 13 grabs and two touchdowns.
BLYTHEWOOD 42 FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 22
The Bengals dominated the ground game with Jaylon Boyd rushing for over 200 yards and four scores. Blythewood players were led by their backup QB since it was released that Quinton Patten is out for the season with an ankle injury. This game was actually tied at 15 a piece during the halftime break. Blythewood forced a handful of turnovers including three interceptions.
The Griffin defense has been gashed through the first three weeks. It’s very puzzling and almost head scratching to see Fairfield struggle on defense like this. In fact, the 0-3 start marks the first time that has happened since 2002. But like the LE Demons, Fairfield only returned five or so starters from a year ago and start a young QB. I trust Demetrius Davis will have a plan come region play. They still however have two more tough non conference opponents in Westwood and Newberry.
DUTCH FORK 58 IRMO 0
How many different ways can we say that Dutch Fork is just on another level? Unreal performance from the Silver Foxes. I saw a stat where through two games they have only allowed 175 total yards of offense. That’s not per game, that is TOTAL after both games have been played. And obviously they have yet to allow any points as well. Just remarkable what they are doing. Tom Knotts and his defensive staff are just throttling opponents.
Note: The game was called in the fourth quarter. As precaution, the stadium cleared after an incident in which the Richland County Sheriff’s Department would later confirm that no shots were fired.
HARTSVILLE 35 CAMDEN 21
There is an old saying: sometimes you can tell more about a team in a loss, than a win. This might be true for Camden after dropping to the #1 team in 4A. The Bulldogs failed on two red zone trips that ended up being the difference in this one. From last year’s 41-6 loss to now hanging with the mighty Red Foxes Friday, I think Camden earned a little respect. It was a hard hitting football game too. Bryce Jeffcoat had a career high throwing for over 250 yards and three scores. A big confidence boost for him, and that offense. If they can go vertical, that already adds to a very talented backfield. I maintain that Camden should contend in their region with Chester and Fairfield.
SPRING VALLEY 49 BROOKLAND-CAYCE 35
Good bounce back win for Robin Bacon and the Vikings. After getting shut out the week prior by Dutch Fork, Spring Valley rolled up 337 yards rushing out of that triple option attack. This is the type of offensive output I expected from SV. Isiah Miller had a big game with three touchdowns. Malik Wesley caught two touchdown passes in the win, too. This was a big game for the offense, which is still finding its footing at QB and the skill positions. In the loss, Bearcat QB Reed Charpia accounted for four scores.
Fun stat of the week, region 5-5A which includes Lexington, Chapin, White Knoll, Dutch Fork and River Bluff is now 12-1 combined on the season. That immediately stood out to me catching the scores. Even with Dutch Fork being the class of the division, it still makes things very interesting leading up to region play.
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RIVER BLUFF 65 PELION 6
The Gators are off to their best start in school history at 3-0. The three games won are also more than they won all of last season. The Gators have also scored 60 points twice in three weeks. Antonio Gantt and Braden Walker combined for five scores.
WESTWOOD 40 LOWER RICHLAND 12
I am beginning to think this Westwood team is pretty good. They are certainly taking care of business each and every week. Ahmon Green is gaining confidence and composure each week as threw four touchdown passes in the win.
NEWBERRY 41 BATESBURG-LEESEVILLE 39
The Bulldogs rushed for over 400 yards on the night including the go-ahead score with just over four minutes left in the game. Newberry might have another good tailback to watch in Ahmorae Wilmore who finished with 215.
HAMMOND 42 BEN LIPPEN 7
Jackson Muschamp throws three second half touchdown passes and the Skyhawks roll over the Falcons.
WHITE KNOLL 49 KEENAN 20
The Timberwolves got a nice win here. Aveon Smith is rolling right now. He rushed for three touchdowns after getting two last week. He’s one of the more underrated and overlooked athletes in the Midlands. Keep an eye on him this year.
AC FLORA 45 COLUMBIA 12
Congrats to Colin Drafts and the Falcons. After not winning a game in 2017, the Falcons get one here over the Caps. I think there is some talent on this team after seeing them last year and in the pre-season a few weeks ago. Matthew Jamison had three touchdowns in the win which broke a 13 game losing streak.