It didn’t take long for Dutch Fork to put away Mauldin in a 49-0 victory in the first round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs Friday night.
“We came out and started strong,” Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts said. “We really started strong and tapered off at the end.”
After forcing an interception on the first drive of the game, the Silver Foxes handed the ball to star running back Matt Colburn, who gained 29 yards on the first play. He took the handoff around the left side and tip-toed down the line to put his team up 7-0 after a minute-and-a-half of action.
Colburn went on to score two more touchdowns, giving him three on the night.
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The Mavericks would be held to another three-and-out on their next possession and, after a 4-yard punt, Dutch Fork had the ball on the Mauldin 34-yard line. This time, receiver and quarterback combo Alec DeBoer and Tate Fant hooked up for an 18-yard score.
Fant finished with 253 yards on 11 passes, with four touchdowns to four receivers.
After putting up two more scores before the second quarter and one during the second, Dutch Fork led 35-0 at halftime. At that point, the question wasn’t if they would win, but rather by how much.
Knotts decided to keep his starters in the game heading into the third quarter to get them more situational playing time.
“I wanted them to get some experience playing in some cold weather games,” Knotts said. “You never know when you’ll need that experience. It should be cold heading forward.”
As for the Mavericks, their season will end at 4-8. For the Silver Foxes, their next test will be against Dorman, a rematch of an earlier game in the season, which Dutch Fork lost 48-37 on the road.
“In life, we don’t get a lot of second chances,” Knotts said. “We felt that we didn’t play as well as we should have against Dorman, and we’re hoping that November is Dutch Fork’s time of year.”
Dutch Fork is slated to host the second round game.
DF – Matt Colburn 35 run (Bass kick) 10:32
DF – Alec DeBoer 18 pass from Tate Fant (Bass kick) 6:00
DF – Colin James 46 pass from Fant (Bass kick) 3:08
DF – Colburn 1 run (Bass kick) 0:09
DF – Jo’mal Aiken 38 pass from Fant (Bass kick) 6:23
DF – Colburn 13 run (Bass kick) 7:02
DF – Will Sweeper 4 pass from Fant (Bass kick) 1:10
Passing— Mauldin Hunter Dawsey 4-14-0 21 yards, Dre Harris 1-4-1 5 yards; Dutch Fork Tate Fant 11-16-0 253 yards 4 TD, Cole Douglas 0-1-0
Rushing— Mauldin Hunter Dawsey 20-83, Averius Blakely 4-17, Ozell Lloyed 1-25, Logan Edwards 3-2; Dutch Fork Matt Colburn 11-100 3 TD, Bryce Thompson 7-41, Jordan Harmon 5-18, Clayton Jones 3-12
Receiving— Mauldin Ozell Lloyed 2-1, Isaiah Sullivan 1-27, Jason Labrador 1-0, Tyreek Lucas 1-(-2); Dutch Fork Will Sweeper 6-122 TD, Alec DeBoer 3-47 TD, Colin James 1-46 TD, Jo’Mal Aiken 1-38 TD