High school football weekly review, by Tyler Cupp

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Ty Olenchuck throws four touchdown passes and the Silver Foxes roll over the Eagles. Tom Knotts told media in postgame how proud he was of his defense saying that his first team unit has only given up one score all year. That’s pretty remarkable in high school football. On social media Friday, the nationally ranked Silver Foxes even got some comparisons to some of the best teams all-time in the state of SC. Perxonally, I think the conversation can certainly be had. The deficits, point production and defense is on par with any team we have ever seen in the history of the Palmetto State. Now I’m not exactly sure what teams you would throw out there to compare, because classifications and eras are hard to separate but if they continue this pace of success in 2018, they will be right up there with the greats. Jon Hall scored three touchdowns on just four carries.

Huge win for Irmo here. They go on the road and take a region game from one of the favorites. I had a feeling the talent level would be similar and it showed in the final. With Kendrell Flowers still injured and not quite full speed, Omarion Dollison stepped up yet again for the second week in a row to pull the Yellow Jackets through. He caught a touchdown pass from John Ragin with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth. Dollison had over 120 yards rushing on a TD. Both these teams turned the ball over a number of times. Irmo apparently lost it three times while Spring valley matched it with 3 turnovers themselves. The game winning drive went 80 yards and 14 plays. Listening to a radio interview with Coach Reggie Kennedy, he talked about how he and opposing Spring Valley coach Robin Bacon discussed before the game how tough this region was, and that a win would really put you one step closer to a playoff birth. The Vikings as a team had 300 yards rushing. I think Spring Valley will bounce back, but Irmo proved that they are a contender in this region here late in the season.

A streak that has lasted 25 games and five years still stands as South Pointe beat Westwood to kick off region play. It has been since 2013 that South Pointe has lost a region game. They were certainly tested on this night. The Redhawks came into the contest with a lot of swagger and confidence. Its one of – if not the most – talented team they have had in school history. It was a tight back and forth game as Westwood actually led 21-20 going into the final quarter. The Stallions scored twice in two minutes in the final stanza. Ahmon Green passed for 320 yards while Dashawn Boyd rushed for 100 yards on the ground. Cortes Braham hauled in eight catches for 169.

Nice win for Lexington here over the T-wolves. Defense played a big factor as the Wildcats thrived off turnovers scoring 28 points off four takeaways. They even jumped out to a 21-0 lead. What’s most surprising about the win for Lexington is that they did it without their starting running back Akeem Nicholas. That proves the Wildcats have depth. White Knoll’s Aveon Smith had decent numbers but he needed some help it sounds like. He ran for over 180 yards but his receivers had a few drops. Meanwhile on the other side, Cal Herndon continues to impress. The sensational sophomore threw for 132 yards on just eight completions and ran for 100, too. He had four total touchdowns.

The Bulldogs might be for real. Their 5-1 start is the best since 2010. Outside of top ranked Hartsville, Friday vs West Florence was by far the toughest opponent they had seen thus far. The Knights were averaging well over 40 ppg and they held them to 14 midway through the third quarter. Camden does not do anything fancy. They play good defense and run the football. They only throw it when the have to, while also limiting the turnovers. Camden’s biggest game of the season is now in two weeks when they travel to Chester. That could be for the region title and at the very least, a home playoff game.

What a huge come from behind win for the Bearcats. B-C scored 27 unanswered points to rally and get its first region win. Reed Charpia had another monster game as he threw for 362 yards and three scores. He also ran for two touchdowns. B-C is battling depth issues but they are well coached and have one of the best QB’s in the entire state. A quarterback that makes the right decisions goes a long way in high school football, regardless of the talent around you. B-C is turning out to be a pretty fun team to follow. A win like this could really start a run.

Quick Hits
Gray Collegiate 38 Lamar 12
Hunter Helms led the War Eagles in a win over top ranked Lamar. Huge upset considering Lamar had not lost a home regular season game in five years. Helms threw for 300 yards and three scores.

Lower Richland 28 Dreher 14
Little surprising here, but the Diamond Hornets have some talented skill, people. It’s a wide open region 4-4A right now.

York 24 Ridge View 23
Nick Lawyer becomes the all-time leading scorer at Ridge View but the Blazers lost a heart breaker to York.

AC Flora 17 Crestwood 16
Shout out to Quincy Riley of AC Flora. He now has four special teams touchdowns on the season for the Falcons. Flora wins their third straight game

North Central 41 Central of Pageland 21
First win for North Central over Pageland since 1984. Austin Bowers threw three touchdowns. Seantrell-Davis Warren had a rushing touchdown and even got a pick six on defense. Knights are 2-0 in the region.

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