AS WE MOVE into week five of the season, there are 22 ranked football teams with unblemished records in South Carolina. Of those, five are from the Midlands.
The question is “can any of those break the apparent curse” on Midlands teams when it comes to winning a state title? No team from the Midlands has captured a 4A championship since 1993, when coach Joe Wingard’s Richland Northeast Cavaliers won the Division II title over Hartsville. There hasn’t been a 4A-DI winner since coach Jerry Brown’s Spring Valley Vikings won in 1988. Blythewood won a 3A crown in 2006, Batesburg-Leesville won the 2A title in 2005, and in Class A, we have to go all the way back to 1975’s Swansea team coached by Doug Bennett.
So, here’s a look at our five undefeated teams and whether or not they can break that curse:.
Dutch Fork can finish regular season 11-0, 10-1 at the worst.
. White Knoll has a chance at competing for a playoff spot out of Region V-4A but that will be the extent of it. I see three potential/probabl losses on their record in Spring Valley, Dutch Fork, and North Augusta and the Lexington game is a rival game that could go either way. If they do slip into the playoffs, I don’t see them getting out of the first round.