Another week, another round of matchups between schools within close proximity of each other.
Only about nine miles separate Dutch Fork and Irmo. The same is true for Friday combatants Lexington and Gilbert in a game that is this week’s Sonic Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week (Spectrum Channel 1250 or Digital 57.2).
There are other ties which seemingly link the schools facing each other:
– Head coaches Tom Knotts of Dutch Fork and Aaron Brand of Irmo worked together at Independence High School.
– Lexington High School head coach Perry Woolbright’s father, Marty, formerly coached at Gilbert and the school’s winningest head coach. Current Indians’ head coach Chad Leaphart played under Marty Woolbright.
– Leaphart’s father played for Lexington’s 1950 state championship team.
While last year’s meeting (won by Lexington 17-13) was the first between the Wildcats and Indians, Dutch Fork and Irmo have played 29 times since 1996.
The Yellow Jackets hold a 17-12 advantage, but have dropped the last five meetings. Dutch Fork is also looking to extend its undefeated streak of 27 games and road winning streak of 20.
LEXINGTON COUNTY/IRMO WEEK TWO SCHEDULE
(All games start at 7:30 pm)
Airport at Swansea
Newberry at Batesburg-Leesville
Spring Valley at Brookland-Cayce
Lugoff-Elgin at Chapin
Dutch Fork at Irmo
Lexington at Gilbert
Gray Collegiate vs. Dreher (at Memorial Stadium in Columbia)
Richard Winn at Northside Christian
Pelion at River Bluff
W.W. King at St. John’s Christian
Keenan at White Knoll
S.C. PREP MEDIA FOOTBALL POLL
1. Abbeville (11)
6. (tie) Southside Christian, Oceanside Collegiate
8. Gray Collegiate
9. Whale Branch
10. Andrew Jackson
Others receiving votes: Blacksburg, Pageland Central, Carvers Bay, Andrews.
1. Chester (10)
2. Dillon (1)
4. May River
5. Wade Hampton (H)
7. Strom Thurmond
Receiving votes: Aynor, Union County Pendleton, Marion, Fairfield Central
1. Myrtle Beach (11)
4. North Myrtle Beach
5. South Pointe
6. Belton-Honea Path
9. Ridge View
10. (tie) AC Flora
Receiving votes: Wren, Eastside, Walhalla
1. Dutch Fork (11)
3. Fort Dorchester
6. T.L. Hanna
8. River Bluff
9. West Florence
Receiving votes: Carolina Forest, Nation Ford, Greenwood
1. (PHOTO BY THOMAS GRANT JR.)
2. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.GOFLASHWIN.COM)