THREE THINGS WE KNOW
THAT’S GOT TO BE A RECORD …
It’s too bad the S.C. High School League does not track rushing records in it’s Palmetto’s Finest football history book. Surely, Dutch Fork sophomore Matt Colburn earned a place in those pages with his 400-yard performance at Lexington on Friday.
Colburn, who had 186 yards after nine games, rushed 24 times in his breakout performance and averaged 16.7 yards per carry. He posted a long of 80 yards and notched four touchdowns to help lift the Silver Foxes. Colburn had seven carries on the Silver Foxes’ final drive, and hit the 400-yard mark with a 14-yard rush on the final play of the game.
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“We know he’s a great running back; he’s been burning people on junior varsity. We just happen to have Trey Gregg who’s a senior that always worked, that knows the offense and is solid,” coach Tom Knotts said. “Trey got banged up and it was Matt’s turn, and he made the most of it.”
Colburn’s mark is a school record, breaking the 374-yard mark set by Tavarris Counts in 2007.
THIS ONE’S NOT EASILY BROKEN
Summerville coach John McKissick notched his 600th career victory on Friday night against Ashley Ridge. In his 61st season, McKissick has more wins than any football coach at any level.
A.C. FLORA WILL NOT LET UP
The Falcons have won seven in a row heading into the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. As the No. 1 seed out of Region 4-3A, the Falcons will play host to Pickens on Nov. 2. Pickens lost three in a row before finishing the regular season with a 41-18 win against Southside. The Falcons posted a 42-7 win over Dreher to keep with their 44 points-per-game average. The Falcons will be looking to surpass last year’s third-round exit.
THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW
When’s the last time that happened?
At W.C. Hawkins Stadium, Irmo wrested control of Region 4-4A with a win over Blythewood. The five overtimes — which ended with a 27-yard field goal — might make it the state’s longest high school game. It’s another feature not tracked in Palmetto’s Finest.
Can Orangeburg-Wilkinson slow Swansea?
After finishing second in Region 5-3A, Swansea hosts the Bruins in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs on Friday. The Bruins have outscored opponents 344-211 but posted 14 points in their regular-season finale win against James Island. Will Orangeburg-Wilkinson solve the Swansea riddle, or will it fall prey to the Tigers, who have allowed nine points per game, while scoring an average of 33?
How will Heathwood Hall fare in the rematch?
The Highlanders squared off with rival Hammond on Friday and came away with a 37-22 loss. But Heathwood Hall gets another crack at the league’s No. 2 team as the SCISA Class 3A playoff bracket has the two teams down for a rematch Friday.
THREE TOP PERFORMERS
Ben Lippen running back
Rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns and added a 98-yard kick return touchdown
Keenan running back
Posted 17 carries for 301 yards and five touchdowns
Made seven tackles, two sacks and an interception
THREE TO WATCH
Crescent at Pelion
The Panthers host Crescent in the first round of the Class 2A Division-I playoffs. Led by Carlton Richard and quarterback Zach Hawkins, the Panthers fell on Friday to Keenan, but they are the No. 8 seed in the Upper State, averaging 23 points per game. Crescent averages 37 ppg.
Eau Claire at Keenan
The Shamrocks have one last chance to keep their season going, and to do it they will have find a way to slow running back Peter Easaw and the Keenan Raiders offense. The squads meet in the first round of the Class 2A Division-I playoffs.
Greenville at Chapin
Despite being outscored 188-215 on the season, the Eagles earned a first-round home game with a three-game win streak to end the season. Greenville comes to town with a three-game win streak of its own, averaging 29.5 points and allowing 13.1.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“This just feels very good, a lot better than the way things ended for us the last few seasons.”
Ridge View senior Gary Bradshaw, whose Blazers could earn a share of the Region 4-4A title and a playoff spot with a win next week.
“There was no doubt in my mind. Ben is automatic. I knew if given the chance, I would send him out there to kick it.”
Irmo coach Bob Hanna, on Ben Hinson’s 27-yard game-winning field goal in the fifth overtime.
“I’ve been in a lot more exciting ones when they didn’t score 41 points on me. We’ve got a lot of things to do … but it was an unbelievable offensive performance by those guys. I’m just happy to get out of here.”
Byrnes coach Chris Miller, on escaping Dorman with a 51-41 victory.
Compiled by Akilah Imani Nelson