High school football

Baxter: The top games for Week 1

August 29, 2013 

Quarterback Derek Olenchuk, left, and his Dutch Fork teammates travel to Myrtle Beach on Saturday to play Southeast Raleigh.

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A LOOK AT the top high school games in Week 1:

Blythewood at South Pointe

The Bengals travel with a young offense to take on one of the top defenses in the state. South Pointe will be a solid test for how well the Bengals have prepared and how far they have to go.

Boiling Springs at Nation Ford

This game will be a battle of top quarterbacks. Boiling Springs’ Daniel Thompson will lead the Bulldogs after a great game this past week against Gaffney. Nation Ford quarterback Dalton Helms passed for 466 yards and six touchdowns last week.

Brookland-Cayce at Airport

The Bearcats are led by a pair of sophomore wingbacks who led their team on a scorefest against C.A. Johnson last week. Airport sputtered on offense against Westside of Greenville, lacking a quarterback diverse enough to lead both a ground and air attack.

Easley at D.W.Daniel

The top two running backs face off as Easley’s C.J. Fuller goes up against the top-ranked Daniel Lions and running back Jae’lon Oglesby. Both are committed to Clemson.

Gilbert at A.C. Flora

Gilbert was a couple of plays shy of upsetting Saluda while the Falcons struggled on offense last week. The team that turns the ball over the ball the most in this game loses.

Lexington at Ridge View

The revamped Wildcats head into their first game under coach Josh Steps and will face a Ridge View team with a rebuilt defensive front.

Rock Hill at Dorman

Rock Hill was one of the most improved teams in the preseason and will travel to take on a strong Dorman team, which boasts two major prospects in their defensive secondary.

Sumter at Crestwood

Sumter has looked strong on the ground in the preseason and have been impressive on the defensive front. That will help it against a feisty Crestwood bunch that likes to run a winged-T offense heavy on misdirection.

Charlotte Catholic at Northwestern

With one of the top running back prospects in North Carolina, Charlotte Catholic might be too one dimensional when they face off with the explosive Trojans, led by quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Southeast Raleigh vs. Dutch Fork (in Myrtle Beach on Saturday)

Dutch Fork is ready to get back on the road to a championship and tune-up with a North Carolina team that will not match up well. The game will feature senior quarterback Derek Olenchuk and strong rushing from running backs Matthew Colburn and Walter Roberson.

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