Dutch Fork hopes the 2008 football season proves to be an aberration. The Silver Foxes finished with a 2-9 record – the worst in school history.
“We were a very young team, and I hope we learned a lot,” said coach Bill Kimrey. “We’ll see how much we’ve grown up next season.”
The good news is a solid foundation of playmakers should return in 2009, including junior Tavarris Counts, sophomore Justin Suber, freshman Brandon Quattlebaum on offense, juniors Marshall Williams, Jurell Flippen and Jordan Olmstead and sophomore Gary Coates on defense.
Counts was the most productive offensive player this season with 934 all-purpose yards. He led the Silver Foxes in rushing with 418 yards and three touchdowns on 95 carries and also led the club in receiving with 31 catches for 292 yards and two TDs. Quarterback Suber was 69-for-137 passing for 781 yards and four scores, and had 166 yards and four TDs on 82 carries on the ground. Quattlebaum finished with 280 yards rushing and two TDs on 65 carries.
Williams led the team with 135 tackles from his linebacker position. Flippen had 40 tackles, three interceptions, broke up seven passes and had 10 successful defended passes in the secondary. Olmstead played in only five games because of injury, but averaged nearly eight tackles a game when healthy. Coates emerged as a big-play man with six sacks. 9.5 TFL, 10 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Versatile senior D.J. Monroe will be missed. Monroe played a little at running back and quarterback on offense, and was second on the team in tackles (101) and interceptions (2) on defense. Fellow senior Taylor Lee had a good year on defense with 66 tackles, and teams highs in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (8).