THE TOP IMPACT performer in the Midlands this past week was Brookland-Cayce quarterback/safety Zeke Walker.
The 6-foot-3 senior passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 30 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bearcats to a 44-37 win over Batesburg-Leesville. His 26-yard touchdown strike with 23 seconds remaining sealed the win, and put BC at 3-0 for the first time since 2004.
Chapin QB Matt Charpia threw for 345 yards and three TDs and rushed for another score in a win over Swansea. Eagles WR/DB Carter White had five catches for 161 yards and two TDs on offense. He also played every snap on defense and finished with 10 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.
Spring Valley running back John Miller had four TDs and 126 yards — on seven carries — in a win over Clover. Miller has eight TDs in two games.
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Dutch Fork rolled over Fort Mill, led by QB Derek Olenchuk with four touchdown passes. Junior running back Matt Colburn had two TD rushes and TD receptions, including a shuttle pass that he caught and took 76 yards.
Lexington QB Will Hunter passed for 236 yards and two TDs and rushed for a third to lead the Wildcats past Blythewood. Hunter threw the game-winning pass, a 28 yards strike, with 23 seconds remaining.
Fairfield Central flexed its muscles against a good Abbeville team in a 42-6 win. The Griffins are sitting atop the 2A Top Ten Polls this week and will face two good 3A opponents — Chester and Union County — in the next two weeks. I like this offense, and I believe this team will be back in the 2A title game this year.
The Brookland-Cayce Bearcats got a huge win over Batesburg-Leesville. The Bearcats are 3-0 for the first time since 2004. This team could be a contender to challenge Strom Thurmond for the top spot in Region 5.
With an offense that seems to be firing on all cylinders and one of the state’s top defensive units, Spring Valley is a legitimate threat to win the 4A Region 4. The Vikings have to be considered a major player when it comes time for the state playoffs. John Miller at the A-back position is the key. It will create opportunities for their B-back and quarterback play to get better.
These next three weeks will determine how much of an impact this team Dutch Fork can be statewide, as it faces Rock Hill, Dorman, and Goose Creek. The Silver Foxes’ first two opponents have not presented challenges on either side of the ball. There is little doubt its offensive threats are legit; but we need to see the defense challenged, and that may not happen until the Goose Creek game.