Dutch Fork’s fans started early, serenading visiting rival Irmo with words familiar to almost anyone who has attended sporting event: “Nah, nah, nah/hey, hey/goodbye.”
There were three minutes left in the third quarter Friday and Silver Foxes led by 31 points. It was that kind of night for Class 5A No. 1 Dutch Fork, which won 58-13 to clinch a Region 5-5A title.
Silver Foxes quarterback Reese Nichols and running back Ron Hoff combined for 292 rushing yards and five touchdowns as Dutch Fork (9-0, 5-0 Region 5-5A) won its eighth of the past nine meetings.
“We’re 9-0,” Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts said. “We hope to set Dutch Fork history at 10-0. We’ve got a game against Lexington next week, so we’ll prepare hard.
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“We came out hoping to throw, but they didn’t put up much resistance to the run.”
The late going was marred by a scary moment, when backup Irmo (3-6, 2-3) running back Jason Legette was taken off the field on a stretcher to an ambulance after getting hit and being down for well over five minutes. Irmo coach Reggie Kennedy said Legette injured his back and felt a little numbness in his legs and feet, necessitating the precautions.
Irmo cut the Dutch Fork lead to 24-13 with 46.9 seconds left in the second quarter, but the Silver Foxes went 63 yards in five plays to score a touchdown before the half.
Reese Nichols: The senior threw for 111 yards and ran for 151 more in his final regular-season home game.
Ron Hoff: The freshman scored on runs of 20, 7 and 2 yards as part of his 141 yards on 13 carries.
67: Rushing yards for Irmo on 2.3 a carry. The Yellow Jackets averaged 290.1 coming in.
15: Minutes left when teams started pulling starters. The clock ran the final six-plus minutes after the Legette injury.
THEY SAID IT
“We just ran into a buzz saw tonight. I knew that watching them on tape. We hoped that we could limit their touches. I thought we were giving them too many touches, especially in the second half.” – Kennedy
“It feels good, putting all the hard work we’ve done, during the summer, during the season, it’s starting to pay off.” – Nichols, on claiming a region title
HOW THEY SCORED
DF – Williams 33 FG, 9:10
DF – Hoff 20 run (Williams kick) 6:01
I – Lassiter 2 run (Dooley kick) 11:32
DF – Hoff 7 run (Williams kick) 8:30
DF – Nichols 6 run (Williams kick) 1:53
I – Bradley 3 pass from Lassiter (Kick blocked) 0:46.9
DF – Hoff 2 run (Williams kick) 0:01.5
DF – Nichols 4 run (Williams kick) 7:23
DF – Paredes 10 run (Kick missed) 3:08
DF – Connor 15 pass from Underwood (Williams kick), 8:25
DF – Underwood 5 run (Williams kick), 5:58
Rushing: I: Bradley 7-30, Tharp 8-23, Billups 5-6, Lassiter 5-5, Elam 1-4, Legette 2-4, TEAM 1-(-5). Totals: 29-67. DK: Nichols 16-151, Hoff 13-141, Paredes 6-76, Underwood 2-19, Ragin 5-17,. Totals: 42-304.
Passing: I: Lassiter 10-19-1-75, Billups 0-1-0-0. Totals: 10-20-1-75. DF: Nichols 9-15-0-111, Underwood 1-3-0-15. Totals: 10-18-0-126.
Receiving: I: Flowers 4-49, Bradley 3-17, Tharp 2-1, Hill 1-5, Heath 1-3. DF: Irby 4-87, Connor 2-19,Cannon 2-17, Hacklin 1-4, Paredes 1-(-1).