High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp
After getting shut out by Dutch Fork a week prior, the Irmo Yellow Jackets bounced back with a win over B-C. What really jumped out to me in this game was Omarion Dolleson, who starts at receiver for Irmo, actually played some running back Friday. Kendrell Flowers is apparently still nursing an ankle sprain. The Wake Forest commit should be ready to go by the region slate. But in his place, Dolleson had over 170 yards rushing and even caught a 50 yard score, too. Irmo finished with close to 380 yards rushing. While I expected B-C to possibly score more in this game, I do understand that the Bearcats are indeed a smaller 4A school. They are in a similar boat to Lugoff-Elgin (a small 5A) where they only have some 30 plus players or so dressing out for varsity each week. In the loss, Reed Charpia threw three interceptions with 278 yards passing.
RIVER BLUFF 21
The Gators were put to the test against Lugoff-Elgin. I was here for this one and saw a really physical ballgame. River Bluff got some big plays from Braden Walker who scored in three different ways. He threw a 44 yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for a score in the first half. He later took a hand-off on an option for a 13 yard score to give the Gators the lead for good. If I’m starting a fantasy draft of Midlands players, Walker is going to be one of my top selections. He’s not the biggest, or the fastest, but rather just a good and smart football player. I thought the Gators learned a lot about themselves as they trailed in this game for the first time all season. LE will take some good in this loss too, as they changed up the offense a little bit and got some big plays defensively from Eli McGee and Tyquan Wright. Also in the win, Antonio Gantt had 114 yards on 16 carries. It’s the first 4-0 start for River Bluff in school history.
Chapin scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat the Newberry Bulldogs Friday. The score was actually tied 14 a piece at one point in the quarter before Roger Pedroni scored a couple a touchdowns on his legs and with his arm. Trey Lyles also had 81 yards rushing in the win for Chapin and got a big kickoff return by Gio Macaluso. This young Chapin team keeps gaining confidence. That big, but inexperienced offensive line is so talented and will only get better week to week. It helps to have a good decision maker at QB. I tend to think this defense for the Eagles will get better, too. These tight games will help them for a region slate that is shaping up to be pretty tough.
WHITE KNOLL 48
This White Knoll team sounds pretty fun. Each week I look at the scoreboard, and they are putting up points and competing in close games. In the fourth quarter, Jamias Holloway scored twice in under ninety seconds to give WK the win. Holloway caught a pass from Aveon Smith to give the T-wolves the lead then ran it in to make it a two score game with three minutes left. Aveon Smith, who I consider one of the best athletes in the Midlands, thew for two touchdowns and ran for another. The logjam for talented teams is really building out of region 5-5A. Lexington, River Bluff, Chapin, and the T-wolves are all looking good so far. And of course, there’s Dutch Fork leading the way.
DUTCH FORK 63
BOILING SPRINGS 7
Well, somebody finally scored against Dutch Fork, but everything else was pretty much business as usual. The Silver Foxes put up video game-like numbers Friday. Ty Olenchuck was a perfect 12 for 12 on passing attempts for 261 yards and four touchdowns. Both tailbacks, Ron Hoff and Jonathan Hall each had over 100 yards and a couple of scores. All in all, DF rolled up 694 total yards. I’m not sure anyone will really test DF truly until the playoff semi-finals. Possibly a Fort Dorchester in the third or fourth round. But that’s why you play the game. Every week, any team that plays DF will give their absolute best. The target will grow bigger and bigger each game.
FORT MILL 16
Camden crossed another milestone for me here. After a tough loss to top ranked Hartsville two weeks ago, they put it behind them and went on the road and took care of business. The Bulldogs got big performances from their running backs. Of the 489 yards of total offense, Shymeik Corbett and Willis Lane combined for 314 of that, and both scored touchdowns. That Camden offensive line is big and they are playing smart football on offense. I think the defense is going to get better as the weeks go on as well. They have a big test against West Florence this Friday. The Knights are averaging 56 points per game through three games.
NORTH AUGUSTA 12
A tale of two halves here in Blythewood. After North Augusta took a 12-0 halftime lead, the Bengals then shut out the Yellow Jackets 15-0 in the second half to get the victory. All the points came in the fourth quarter. Those stats in this game really jumped out at me, as NA had over 380 yards (220 rushing) as opposed to just 136 total yards for Blythewood. Both teams lost two fumbles but the Yellow Jackets were penalized 12 times which I’m sure no doubt stalled some drives. North Augusta actually still had a chance, however. They missed a game tying field goal with just under a minute left. I was also told Coach Jason Seidel made some defensive adjustments at halftime to slow down the opposing offense here. King Ford and Jaylon Boyd scored the touchdowns for Blythewood in the second half.
HAMMOND 41 PINEWOOD PREP 9
The Skyhawks stay rolling here. Jackson Muschamp threw four touchdown passes and Cleo Canty had over 100 yards receiving.
SPRING VALLEY 43 RICHLAND NORTHEAST 0
The Vikings keep the Sword and Saber trophy as they blow out the Cavs. Spring valley got three rushing touchdowns from Marquel Brown and even scored twice on defense.
SOUTH AIKEN 16 LEXINGTON 7
A bit of a surprise here, but I do know the T-Breds are pretty talented. Cal Herndon scored the Wildcats only touchdown with an eleven yard pass to Forrest Alvarez.
Ridge View got a huge win on the road defeating Northwestern 20-10. Walyn Napper is starting to make some noise as one of the top targets in the area. He had the go ahead touchdown reception in the win. He finished with 120 yards on 5 grabs. Other highlights included Nick Lawyer hitting a 40 yard FG and Isaiah Porter with a pick six.
Dreher knocked off Eau Claire 54-0. They scored four touchdowns in the first quarter. QB Ryan Campbell had three TDs while Da Da Washington added two more on the ground.