High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp
SPRING VALLEY 34 LUGOFF-ELGIN 6
In what was a four point deficit at halftime, the Vikings scored 24 points in the second half, with three touchdowns in the third quarter and picked up their first region win. Vikings had 248 yards rushing on the night. They also got some turnovers including an interception from Kentucky commit Jalen Geiger. Something that Spring Valley will have to correct, however is penalties. They had seven penalties with three of those being of the 15 yard variety. They extended a couple of LE drives with some unfortunate mistakes. I spoke with coach Robin Bacon before and after the game and he is well aware that those have no place in the game at this point in the season. His team is very talented on defense, and they are good tacklers and always seem to be in the right spot. In the loss, Lugoff-Elgin’s Alex Bowers connected on two 30+ yard field goals. For Spring Valley, Alex Herrera, who is getting some college looks, hit two of his own with a big 42 yarder going into halftime. Akele Pauling also had a 50 plus yard punt return for a TD in the win.
BLYTHEWOOD 21 IRMO 14
Huge win for Blythewood. I really thought after last week, Irmo was possibly going to go on a run but Friday shows you just how tough this region is. The Bengals got a good boost from the home crowd and an outstanding performance from the defense to preserve the win. One of my top players in the Midlands had a big showing. Patrick Godbolt had 11.5 tackles with three sacks, and an additional three for loss in the win. And remember, Blythewood lost their starting QB very early in the season to an ACL injury. King Ford has done a really good job filling in this season. He went 12 of 19 for 119 yards and a touchdown. But they are playing great defense while getting relying on a solid running game too, with Jaylon Boyd (122 yards Friday). First year coach Jason Seidel may not be getting enough credit for the season Blythewood is having but people are certainly starting to notice after this win. The Bengals have won five games this year after having only getting three victories a year ago. In the loss, Wake Forest commit Kendrell Flowers had over 100 yards rushing
CAMDEN 56 FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 13
The five-year region winning streak ends for Fairfield Central. Camden hands the Griffins their first loss in region play since 2011. They did so with their dominant rushing attack as Shymeik Corbett, Micah Davis, and Deldrik Jones all combined for over 180 yards rushing and five scores. Camden as a whole rolled up 390 total yards of offense. Bryce Jeffcoat also had two passing touchdowns in the win. Camden fans told me they just wore down the Griffins. The offensive and defensive lines are playing really well, and sounds like they improve each and every week. The Bulldogs now set themselves up with a clash Friday against undefeated Chester on the road. That will no doubt serve as the region championship or at the very least, a home playoff game on the line.
DUTCH FORK 56 RIVER BLUFF 14
The Gators take their first loss of the season. Dutch Fork made quick work of the Gators and rolled to victory here. Ty Olenchuck had another impressive performance going 20 of 24 for 339 and four touchdowns. I talked with some coaches this week that have seen Dutch Fork and asked them what makes them so good. The consensus was that they just do all the little things right. They don’t make any mistakes like penalties or get caught out of position. They are not the biggest or even the fastest but they play smart and sound. The offensive line runs a simple scheme but just so hard to stop. These coaches also told me that the trifecta of Olechuck and his top back (Ron Hoff) and receiver (Jalin Hyatt) are as dangerous as any trio in the state. Some fun numbers per Cola Daily’s other sports reporter Thomas Grant: this is the 6th game of 50 or more points for the Silver Foxes. DF has outscored opponents 376-56. But what’s even more interesting is that this was their 18th straight region, and 18th straight overall win in a row.
CHAPIN 21 WHITE KNOLL 17
Two things stood out to me here. The Eagles held Aveon Smith and that dynamic White Knoll offense to just 17 points, and the fact that this game was low scoring. I think that speaks to the game plan the Chapin coaches drew up including defensive coordinator Scott Stogner. Chapin had to rally on offense as they trailed by 10 points heading into the final quarter. A fourth down stop inside the Eagle 30 yard line was how the game ended. White Knoll was actually balanced with right at 200 yards passing and rushing each. Chapin had 318 total yards with 141 passing from Roger Pedroni. Chapin has River Bluff and Lexington left to play, and even a split in that span gives them a playoff berth.
HAMMOND 42 PORTER GAUD 14
Jackson Muschamp threw for 300 yards yards yet again and connected on four touchdown passes. He puts up great numbers each and every week.
GRAY COLLEGIATE 42 COLUMBIA 6
Another guy putting up video game numbers is Hunter Helms. He threw for over 320 and four scores while only missing on four incompletions. The War Eagles are rolling.
AC FLORA 52 LAKEWOOD 7
The Falcons have now won four in a row after going winless in 2017. AC Flora has now put itself in the conversation to contend for region 4-4A. This thing could be wide open. Lower Richland defeated Crestwood 44-14 and Dreher blanked Orangeburg-Wilkinson 24-0. It will be very interesting down the home stretch here. Flora and LR face each other in two weeks.
RIDGE VIEW 46 RICHLAND NORTHEAST 11
If Ridge View is to return to the postseason, they needed this win. RNE put up a fight as it was a tight first half from what I noticed but the athletes for the Blazers just pulled away. Javon Anderson had a nice game accounting for four total touchdowns, passing for three of those.
SOUTH AIKEN 40 BROOKLAND-CAYCE-35
Two very talented offenses going at it here. I was not sure if B-C could slow down the T-Breds. A touchdown run with 19 seconds left game SA the win and a heartbreaker for BC. In the loss, Reed Charpia had another monster game throwing for 329 yards. That’s now 2,000 yards on the season for him.
CARDINAL NEWMAN 14 LAWRENCE MANNING 7
Most wins for Cardinal Newman(5) since 2013. They have a big clash with Hammond in two weeks.
NORTH CENTRAL 47 CHESTERFIELD 20
The Knights are 3-0 in region play for the first time since 1996. They have not won a conference or region championship since 1992. They have a great shot this year with Lewisville, Lee Central and Buford still remaining.