Midlands high school game day

October 12, 2012 

Spring Valley's John Miller makes a leaping reception for a touchdown as White Knoll's Mikeal Green defends.

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  • More information Ben Hinson, Irmo kicker Shrine bowl pick has proven he can turn the game with his leg John Miller, Spring Valley running back The Vikings count on Miller, who averages 7.5 yards per carry and 16.4 yards per catch

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Ben Hinson

John Miller

SCORE EARLY

AND OFTEN

On paper, the Vikings have a productive offense, with an average of 356.7 yards per game and 33 points scored. And with its defense allowing an average of 259 yards and 20 points, Spring Valley could have a strong advantage. But to bring about the same results on the field, Spring Valley will need to avoid red-zone miscues that hindered the Vikings in their last outing. To win, the Vikings must get into the end zone every opportunity.

IRMO CAN GET THE LEGWORK DONE

Newly selected Shrine Bowl kicker Ben Hinson could be the X-factor for the Yellow Jackets. Hinson hit the game-winning field goal from 52 yards out in the final minutes of last week’s match against Ridge View. In a close game, the advantage goes to Irmo if they can get anywhere within Hinson’s range — somewhere inside 60 yards. Hinson also helps the Yellow Jackets win the battle for field position, with his average of 42 yards per punt. Spring Valley’s Luke Beaman averages about 33 yards.

STREAKS, FOR BETTER OR WORSE

After starting the season with five consecutive wins, the Vikings have dropped two in a row. The Vikings are motivated to snap that skid here and avoid an extended downturn through the Region 4-4A season. Irmo is one of three teams in the region that began conference play with a win and can remain in contention for the lead with a win.

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