WE LOVE football. It is a focal point of our lives from August through January. Our weekly calendars follow the schedule of high school, college and pro games.
For the 2012 football season, I will be delivering your fix, so to speak. Twice a week (Thursdays and Mondays), I’ll be reviewing, previewing, breaking down, evaluating and making predictions on all things high school football related in South Carolina.
From power shifts in regions, state action breakdowns, and player evaluations from future phenoms to the household names, if it has to with Palmetto state prep football, I’ll cover it.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO’S BEST IN THE MIDLANDS?
The big question from everyone is: “Does the Midlands have a contender for the state championship?”
My answer, unfortunately, is no.
The best team in the Midlands right now is the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes. They lost one of the top offensive players in the state in running back Brandon Quattlebaum, who was a Shrine Bowl-caliber player who had a huge impact on the offense.
Coach Tom Knotts has done a phenomenal job of redirecting that program, but the strength of the upper echelon programs in 4A will be too much to overcome. I like their junior quarterback Derrek Olenchuk and believe that going to a one-quarterback system will bring more consistency to the offense.
They will play St Xavier (Ky.) in the opening game. The teams are similar, so it should be a great game. Dutch Fork should finish as good as 9-1. I see them as a team that could get to the third round of the playoffs, but I don’t think they are quite ready to kick the door in on the title game.
MY MIDLANDS TOP 10 TEAMS
1. Dutch Fork; 2. Lexington; 3. Blythewood; 4. Irmo; 5. Airport; 6. A.C. Flora; 7. Columbia; 8. Lower Richland; 9. Spring Valley; 10. (tie) White Knoll and Ridge View
MIDLANDS REGION PREDICTIONS