THREE THINGS WE KNOW
MATT COLBURN IS BACK TO HIS OLD TRICKS
With five touchdowns on 23 touches in Dutch Fork’s win at Aiken, junior running back Matt Colburn is once again running at full speed. Injured against Goose Creek three weeks ago, Colburn missed one game and had 83 yards in his Oct. 11 return. But against Aiken, Colburn had 188 yards, averaging 8.2 yards per carry, which is better than his season average before the injury.
THAT WON’T WORK IN THE PLAYOFFS
Spring Valley improved to 8-0 on Friday with a 30-point win against Irmo despite 12 penalties for 125 yards.
The Vikings had to overcome big penalties on each of their first five possessions, all of which ended in touchdowns. While the Vikings piled up 569 yards of offense, they will need to cut down on penalties in postseason competition.
BARRY BYERS WILL BE MISSED
For three decades, Rock Hill Herald preps writer Barry Byers was a fixture at stadiums across York County and across South CarolinaThe illustrious writer died on Friday, succumbing to cancer after a two-year long battle.
Byers, who each year helped publicize the S.C. Automobile Dealers’ Association North-South All-stars game, was a professional reporter but he was also a fan.
With a zeal for sports and an unabashed affection for the student-athletes he covered, Byers was known and respected by players, coaches and sportswriters throughout the state.
He will be missed.
THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW
WHAT WILL BE THE TALE OF THE TAPE?
Dissatisfied with a momentum-killing, fourth-quarter call, Brookland-Cayce coach Rusty Charpia might be sending in film and an official complaint to S.C. High School League commissioner of officials, Bruce Hulion.
Charpia’s Bearcats had a long pass completion negated by a flag in the fourth quarter. The play would have put the Bearcats in scoring position.
Instead, Brookland-Cayce wound up with a 35-24 loss at Midland Valley and dropped to 6-2, 1-2 in Region 5-3A.
Hulion is charged with determining whether a referee erred in such an instance.
WHERE WAS THE DEFENSE?
At George R. Watson Field on Friday, Cardinal Newman improved to 5-3 with a 47-28 win against Porter-Gaud. The Cardinals posted more than 572 yards of offense. Quarterback Garrett McNerney passed for 258 yards and rushed for 108, receiver Evan DuBois had 235 yards and Zakki Parker rushed for 206 yards.
It was a good thing that Porter-Gaud’s defense was having a tough night, because the Cardinals’ defense did not have its tightest performance, either. Cardinal Newman’s defense gave up 298 passing yards.
WHAT ELSE CAN LAQUINN BELLAMY DO?
In the win against Wilson, North Myrtle Beach’s backup running back LaQuinn Bellamy had 286 yards and three touchdowns.
An inspiration to second-stringers across the state, Bellamy made the most of his opportunity after starter Delonzo Williams was held out of the game to nurse an injured right ankle.
Bellamy also starts at linebacker and had 10 tackles and two sacks in the game.
THREE TOP PERFORMERS
JOHN MILLER, SPRING VALLEY
Rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns and added a touchdown catch.
GARVIN JACKSON, LEXINGTON
Rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.
EVAN DUBOIS, CARDINAL NEWMAN
Had 10 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Cardinals.
THREE TO WATCH
WILSON HALL AT BEN LIPPEN
The Falcons (2-6) have an uphill battle in trying to snap a two-loss streak against the undefeated Wilson Hall Barons. Wilson Hall has allowed 68 points this season, while averaging more than 41 points per game. Ben Lippen, led by quarterback Robert Barrow, averages 310.2 yards of offense and 19 points per game.
EAU CLAIRE AT KEENAN
Eau Claire won its first game of the season on Friday, while Keenan looks to rebound from a 38-point loss. This region 3-2A matchup will be a big challenge for the Shamrocks’ defense, but their special teams must play well because Peter Easaw and the Raiders’ specialists can do considerable damage.
BROOKLAND-CAYCE AT SWANSEA
Both teams are coming off losses, but the 6-2, 2-2 Bearcats need a win here to climb out of fourth place in Region 5-3A. The host Tigers (5-3, 2-1) are tied for second and must win to avoid slipping. The two squads are evenly matched in production, each averaging four touchdowns per game.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“What always mattered to Barry was the players. He cared about them.”
“He always kept the kids as the primary purpose .... and he made so many kids feel like heroes.”
“We’re a lot better than when we started the season 5-0. I know, for these kids, that’s hard to see when they’re getting their tail wore out, but that was a pretty good football team they played.”