IF THERE WAS a lack of respect for Midlands team before this weekend, it will probably end after this season.
Eight area teams were in the state playoff hunt last weekend and, when the smoke cleared, four were left to play on, including two for state title.
Dutch Fork avenged an earlier loss to Dorman in the 4A-Div. I quarter-finals, 27-13. It advances to play Byrnes.
A.C. Flora rolled over Emerald, 58-21. The Falcons will host South Pointe in the 3A semmifinals.
In 2A-Div. I, Newberry knocked off Fairfield Central and will face Dillon in the title game.
In 2A-Div. II, Keenan knocked off Ninety Six, 46-28, to advance to its first title game appearance, taking on Timberland.
Here are some Midlands top players to watch this weekend:
Lane Ecton, DB, Dutch Fork: The Georgia Southern commitment is one of the top defensive players in the Midlands. His aggressiveness against the run is second to none in the secondary statewide.
Matthew Colburn, RB, Dutch Fork: THE offense for the Silver Foxes. He is the wheels that makes the bus roll.
Denzel Johnson, WR, A.C. Flora: Mr. Excitement can score from anywhere on the field, as a receiver, running back or defensive back.
Darryl Davis, DL, A.C. Flora: Undersized but overpowering; strong rusher will be key in penetrating and wrecking the South Pointe backfield.
Yafari Werts, QB, Newberry: Dual threat is lethal.
Demarco Zeigler, QB, Keenan: Has taken over as the playmaker.