Irmo and Dutch Fork hit the road this weekend to take part in the inaugural Derrick Law Firm Carolinas Clash event in Myrtle Beach at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, the home of the Myrtle Beach Seahawks and the annual North-South senior all-star game.
The event began last year under a different sponsor and with a four-team all-South Carolina field. Irmo was part of the field, losing a 33-27 decision to Myrtle Beach. Northwestern and Conway were the other teams on hand. Northwestern opted out this year to line up an ESPN game, leaving a void filled by Dutch Fork.
The Carolinas Clash, which is not a televised event, begins on Friday with Myrtle Beach hosting Richmond County. Irmo opens the Saturday tripleheader against Wilmington Hoggard, Dutch Fork follows against Southeast Raleigh and Conway takes on Wilmington New Hanover in the nightcap.
Dutch Fork vs. Southeast Raleigh, NC
Site: Dutch Fork Stadium. Time: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Game notes: Dutch Fork opens its fourth season under coach Tom Knotts as a team on a mission. The Silver Foxes reached the Class 4A Division championship game a year ago, but are looking for the big breakthrough this season Southeast Raleigh, which dropped a 34-9 decision to Jack Britt last week, is coming off a 6-6 season in Marvin Burkes first season in command. The Bulldogs went 40-13 in the preview four seasons under coach Daniel Finn
Irmo vs. Hoggard, NC
Site: WC Hawkins Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Irmo took a tough 21-17 loss against South Pointe in its season opener last week. QB Demetrius Lewis was 13-for-23 for 148 yards. RB led the Yellow Jackets with 91 yards rushing on 10 carries. On defense, Khari Stone-Marshall had 13 tackles, Rodrick Ladson had 12 tackles and one interception and Andrew Boyton rang up three sacks Hoggard opened with a 34-19 win over South Columbus. RV Keevin Thompson was the Vikings star, rushing for 151 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. The Wilmington school is coming off a 9-3 season.