Spring Valley coach Robin Bacon wasn’t in panic mode, but he thought a team meeting with his seniors was in order Sunday following back-to-back losses.
During the meeting, Bacon wrote the numbers 5 and 7 and the word “things” in little print on the board to illustrate how the little things and mistakes the past two weeks against Irmo and South Aiken were the difference between being 5-0 instead of 3-2. The Vikings’ two losses were a combined seven points.
Against Irmo, the Vikings had an extra point blocked in the 21-20 loss. In last week’s 48-42 loss to South Aiken, the Vikings gave up a special teams touchdown. Then, they were flagged for offside on fourth-and-2 and were hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike call for arguing the penalty on the game-winning drive.
“The biggest thing, we are hurting ourselves with the mistakes. We are seven points from being 5-0,” Bacon said. “We are disappointed about the last two weeks, but these things can be corrected, and the kids are doing a good job of doing that this week in practice.”
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Spring Valley plays host to White Knoll on Friday.
Receiver Austin Connor’s return has had a big impact in the Dutch Fork passing game.
After missing the first two games because of an injury, Connor has 13 catches for 337 yards and three touchdowns, The Silver Foxes, who have won three in a row, travel to Irmo on Friday.
Shrine Bowl rosters released Monday
Rosters for the 79th annual Shrine Bowl will be announced at noon Monday.
Mid-Carolina’s Louie Alexander is an assistant for the S.C. squad.
In addition to the Shrine Bowl rosters, coaches for the inaugural Shrine Bowl Battle of the Border’s All-Star football game also will be released. That game, which features top sixth-graders from North and South Carolina, will be played before the Shrine Bowl on Dec. 19.
Elite 80 camps rescheduled
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association’s Elite 80 Camps have been moved from this weekend to Oct. 10-11.
The boys camp will be at Keenan on Oct. 10 and the girls camp at Ridge View on Oct. 11 For a list of the invitees, go to http://scbcaelitecamp.blogspot.com/ .
Roach, Williamson on Hoopgurlz lists
Lower Richland junior Kam Roach is No. 56 on the HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings for the Class of 2017.
Spring Valley’s Ashley Williamson made the HoopGurlz watch list for the Class of 2019.
Fairfield Central RB/CB Josh Bell committed to Charleston Southern.
White Knoll infielder Calev Grubbs committed to play at Lander. Grubbs also is the QB on the Timberwolves football team.
Richland Northeast offensive lineman Raqwon Niles will visit Limestone and S.C. State this month.
Midlands players in college football
How some players with Midlands ties fared in college football last weekend:
Jacob August (Cardinal Newman/South Carolina) – Had two catches for 21 yards and TD against Central Florida.
Matt Colburn (Dutch Fork/Wake Forest) – Rushed for 29 yards against Indiana.
Jalen Cook (Lexington/Newberry) – Had 17-yard TD catch against Tusculum.
Will Elm (Irmo/Newberry) – Had five tackles against Tusculum.
Raymond Hall (Westwood/Limestone) – Had six tackles against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Jalen Hammett (Blythewood/North Greenville) – Had four tackles against UNC Pembroke.
Cory Johnson (Kentucky) – Columbia native had 11 tackles in win against Missouri.
Johnny Maxey (RNE/Mars Hill) – Had team-high 10 tackles and fumble recovery against Carson-Newman.
John Miller (Spring Valley/James Madison) – Had five catches for 42 yards and caught the game-winning touchdown with 27 seconds remaining in the win against SMU.
Kevin Miller (Lexington/Newberry) – Rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries against Tusculum.
Vyncint Smith (Westwood/Limestone) – Had eight catches for 88 yards against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Zeke Walker (Brookland-Cayce/Indiana) – Had three tackles in win against Wake Forest.