WEEK 4: 5 Midlands games to watch on Friday

September 20, 2013 

Week 3 was a series of blowouts in the Midlands, but in Week 4, two pairs of unbeaten teams meet:

DORMAN (4-0) AT DUTCH FORK (3-0)

The Silver Foxes have made a challenging, non-league schedule look easy. Putting up 63 points on Rock Hill last week, Dutch Fork’s offense looks unstoppable with quarterback Derek Olenchuk leading the way with five touchdowns and running back Matt Colburn providing balance with two rushing TDs and a receiving score. Tight end Austin Ruger has been the most consistent target for Olenchuk since he moved to offense at the end of last season, and he was on the receiving end of three of Olenchuk’s scores. Using an up-tempo offense to start the game allowed Dutch Fork to get a fast start and have more than 40 points by halftime, putting the game out of reach in the second half. Dorman beat Rock Hill by three, so that’s an indicator this likely will be another convincing win for the Silver Foxes.

BROOKLAND-CAYCE (4-0) AT DREHER (3-0)

Undefeated records are on the line for these two teams. Winning is nothing new for the Blue Devils, as they were 6-3 last year, but the Bearcats haven’t been 4-0 since 2004. With how Chapin beat Swansea and how Brookland-Cayce handled Chapin last week, the Bearcats are beginning to get more consideration in their region. Brookland- Cayce has confidence and experience on its side, and a win at Dreher would add to that. Quarterback Zeke Walker had two touchdowns on the ground and two through the air last week for the Bearcats, while the Blue Devils are led by running back Donovan Ward.

IRMO (0-3) AT LEXINGTON (2-1)

Irmo has had a tough start to its season, and Lexington is coming off its first loss to a Spring Valley team that can contend for a state championship. With senior quarterback Will Hunter, the Wildcats put up more points (15) than anyone else on a punishing Vikings defense. A win would equal the Wildcats’ 2012 victories, and with home-field advantage on its side, Lexington should be favored. But Irmo hasn’t lost a game by more than nine points and could be primed to break through.

LUGOFF-ELGIN (0-3) AT CAMDEN (2-1)

The Demons have started their season in the same fashion they ended last year — winless. Camden beat Lugoff-Elgin by 11 points last year, and the result this week likely will be the same at Camden. The Bulldogs suffered a 41-7 loss to Hartsville last week that they will be looking to rebound from.

GILBERT (2-1) AT PELION (2-2)

Both Gilbert and Pelion have bounced back from early-season losses to enter this contest on two-game win streaks. Gilbert got a close victory over A.C. Flora and then had a more convincing one over Mid-Carolina. In a region with Swansea, Strom Thurmond and Brookland-Cayce, the Indians could use a confidence-boosting win over Pelion as league games are near. Gilbert won this matchup last year, 46-19.

Isabelle Khurshudyan

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