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November 8, 2012

This week in lass 4A football Nov. 9

Six Midlands qualifiers hit the Division I playoff trail on Friday. Irmo hosts Ridge View in the lone all-area opener.

Irmo (6-5) vs. Ridge View (6-5)

Site: W.C. Hawkins Stadium.

Game notes: Both teams finished with 6-5 regular-season grades, but the Yellow Jackets are hot with 6-2 after getting off to a 0-3 start. Irmo closed the books on the regular season with an easy 40-6 rout of winless Lugoff-Elgin. QB Grant Davitte was 16-for-26 passing for 207 yards and one touchdown. Davitte has passed for 1,144 yards to date. The other offensive category leaders include running back Bryce Fashaw (130-664-7) and receiver Trey Suber (40-566-3). William Elm (109 tackles, 12 TFL, 4 sacks), Matt Jackson (78 tackles, 9 TFL, 2 sacks), Darius Wright (55 tackles, 21 TFL, 10 sacks) and Cliff Barrett (63 tackles, 6 interceptions) lead the way on defense Ridge View has qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four years and the Blazers are hungry to produce the program’s first postseason win since 2007. The attack centers on quarterback Nolan Randolph, running back Gary Bradshaw and receiver Tre’von owell. Randolph is 115-for-243 passing for 1,582 yards and 16 touchdowns. Bradshaw, a three-year starter, has run for 930 yards and seven TDs on 134 carries. Howell has 61 receptions for 769 yards and seven scores. The Blazers defense features Will Samuel (113 tackles), Demario Evans (86 tackles, 4 interceptions), Ren McNeil (81 tackles, 16 TFL, 10 sacks), Obinna Ntiasagwe (81 tackles, 14 TFL, 9 sacks) and Curtis Bey (69 tackles, 11 TFL, 6.5 sacks).

Series history: Irmo nipped Ridge View 17-14 during the Region 4 campaign. The Yellow Jackets are 12-3 all-time against the Blazers. Friday’s game is the first postseason meetings of the teams.

Dutch Fork (8-3) vs. Hillcrest (5-6)

Site: Dutch Fork Stadium.

Game notes: Dutch Fork closed out the regular season with a 28-21 win over North Augusta in the Region 5 championship showdown. The Silver Foxes are riding a six-game winning streak into the playoffs. Matt Colburn, subbing again for injured trey Gregg at running back, doomed NA with 226 yards rushing and three touchdowns. In the last two games of the regular season, Colburn has amassed 626 yards and seven TDs. He is up to 812 yards and 10 scores on 92 carries while Gregg is at 148-903-19. QB Derek Olenchuk is 199-for-294 passing for 2,621 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jordan Berry (91-1397-8) continues to be among the leading receivers in the state. But how far Dutch Fork can go in the playoff will be determined by the play of its defense – a unit featuring Lane Ecton (76 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions), Jamar Winston (61 tackles, 5 TFL, 5 sacks, 16 QB hurries) and Omar Staley (45 tackles, 10 TFL, 8 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 2 fumble recoveries) Hillcrest is back in the playoffs after missing the cut for three straight seasons. The Rams are a long shot to claim their first postseason win since 1978.

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

Blythewood (9-2) vs. Boiling Springs (6-5)

Site: Blythewood District 2 Stadium.

Game notes: Boiling Springs, like Blythewood, made a surprising run to the Division I semifinals last season. The Bulldogs closed out a winning regular season for the fifth year in a row with a 54-34 win over Mauldin. Receiver Mason Sanders finished with four scoring catches in the game, three from starting quarterback Tyrecous Garrett Senior-dominated Blythewood has had its best season in 4A, thanks to balanced contributions from the offense, defense and special teams. The Bengals have rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and thrown for nearly 1,200 yards. Dean Beckford is the nominal rushing leader (88-636-9). QB Kylen Binn has been solid in his first season as a starter after sitting out his junior season. The senior North-South pick is 108-for-118 passing for 1,219 yards and 12 TDs while running for 266 yards and 10 scores. Shyheim Brown is the top receiver (34-397-4) and his a dangerous kick-return man with two kickoff tallied and one punt score. The kicking game is excellent with Greg Huegel, who has recorded a team high 68 points, handling the field goal and PAT chores and Taylor Henry averaging 40.9 yards per punt. The list of defensive standouts includes Jalen Williams (97 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks), Tony Rebollo (92 tackles, 16 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 funble recoveries, 1 interception), Derek Miller (91 tackles, 9 TFL, 2 sacks), Joe Kelly (68 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 blocked kicks), Earl Wilson (57 tackles, 2 interceptions, 17 PBU), Cameron Young (50 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sacks) and Aaron Peak (48 tackles, 12 PBU, 4 blocked kicks).

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

Byrnes (10-1) vs. Spring Valley (8-3)

Site: Nixon Field.

Game notes: Spring Valley’s reward for a earning a state playoff berth for the first time for the first time since 2006 is a first-round game against the mighty Byrnes Rebels, who are 36-2 in the playoffs with eight state titles on the books since 2002 Byrnes has faltered only against Gaffney so far. As usual, the Rebels have a hot prospect at quarterback. The newest star is junior Shuler Bentley, the son of former head coach and current offensive coordinator Bobby Bentley. Here are the eye-opening numbers: 260 completions in 397 attempts, 4,074 yards. 49 touchdowns. Bentley has plenty of quality receiving options, including Akia Booker (69-1323-15), Greg McHam (48-767-11), Evan Sudduth (40-478-3), Tavin Richardson (35-474-6) and Shaedon Meadors (33-697-10). Sudduth is the leading rusher with 560 yards, and Booker has augmented his gaudy receiving stats with seven scoring runs Spring Valley closed out the regular season with a 57-14 rout of Richland Northeast. It was the highest winning point total in the 34-year history of the original Greater Northeast rivalry. It was also the second highest single-game scoring total in school history. OL Carlos Bryant was perfect against RNE, grading out at 100% with 10 knockdown blocks and one pancake. Josh Harlan was the defensive standout with 14 tackles, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt for a safety. John Miller (171-1051-19), Desmond Poole (90-730-4) and Malik Wilson (61-522-7) headline the Vikings option-based running game. The versatile Miller also has 13 receptions for 196 yards and one touchdown and is 11-for-22 passing for 174 yards and one TD. QB Chris Adams is 45-for-88 passing for 531 yards and six TDs. Dominique Taylor sat out the first half of the season but still emerged as the team’s leading receiver with 21 catches for 314 yards and two scores. The defensive leaders include Harlan (124 tackles, 13 TFL), Christian Miller (119 tackles, 19 TFL, 12 sacks), Anthony Vickers (81 tackles, 9 TFL), Matt Evans (94 tackles, 5 TFL) and Kyle Stiffler (91 tackles, 5 interceptions).

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

Wando (10-1) vs. White Knoll (8-3)

Site: Wando Athletic Compex.

Game notes: White Knoll closed out the finest regular season in program history last week with a gratifying 24-0 win over crosstown rival Lexington. Quinn Jones ran for 165 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries and Lamar Ray chipped in 135 yards and two TDs on 23 totes. In all, the Timberwolves rolled up 384 yards rushing, 400 overall. Center Jake Phillips was named the player of the week, grading out at 98% with six pancake blocks. Linebacker Jacob Poston (11 tackles) and ends Tyler Johnson (10 tackles) and Jordan LeMay (8 tackles, 2 TFL) were the defensive standouts Wando, coach by former Spring Valley boss Jimmy Noonan, is also in the midst of the finest season in school history. The seventh-ranked Warriors have fallen only to No. 1 Goose Creek along the way. QB Christian Hart tuned up for the playoffs with a big game in a 52-34 non-region win over Sumter last week. Hart was 14-for-23 passing for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Three of the scoring passes were hauled in by 6-foot-4 Rudder Brown. Senior Cameron Rouse, subbing for sophomore starter Kenny Waring, ran for 169 yards and one TD on 24 carries.

Series history: The teams are meeting for the first time.

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