Lou Bezjak

Picks and previews for high school football state semifinals

Fort Dorchester (13-0) at Dutch Fork (11-1)

Players to Watch: FD: QB Dakereon Joyner, WR Justin Williams; DF: Bryce Thompson, LB Alex Smith

Notes: Second meeting of season between teams and fourth in past two years. Dutch Fork defeated Fort Dorchester twice last year, including 49-24 in Class 5A Lower State championship. Patriots defeated the Silver Foxes, 41-25, on Sept. 1. … Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner is a South Carolina commit and Mr. Football finalist. He has completed 122 of 186 passes for 2,183 yards and 30 TDs and rushed for 881 yards and 18 scores. … Joyner’s top two targets are Justin Williams (47 catches, 866 yards, 14 TDs) and Raquan Simmons (50 catches, 757 yards, 12 TDs). … A Dutch Fork victory would be the 200th in school history. … Dutch Fork’s Bryce Thompson has 2,008 all-purpose yards and 36 TDs.

Pick: Dutch Fork

Brookland-Cayce (9-4) at Dillon (13-0)

Players to Watch: BC: QB Reed Charpia, RB Rasheed Taylor; D: DE Shamar McCollum, WR/DB Tyquan Porter

Notes: Second consecutive year teams have met in Class 3A Lower State championship. Dillon won, 34-21 last year at B-C and leads all-time series, 2-0. … Bearcats have won 21 games over past two years, best two-year stretch in school history. B-C’s Rasheed Taylor has rushed for 1,538 yards and 27 TDs this season. He had 171 and three TDs last week against Timberland. B-C quarterback Reed Charpia has completed 71.8 percent of his passes for 1,692 yards and 14 TDs. B-C’s defense is giving up just 88.2 yards per game through the air. … Brookland-Cayce has given up just 22 points in the third quarter this season. ... Dillon is appearing in its 10th consecutive Lower State championship game and is looking for its ninth state title appearance in past 10 years. … Jalen Williams leads Dillon in rushing with 1,533 yards and 15 TDs.

Pick: Dillon

Last Week: 5-4

Season: 232-59

Football picks

(Picks in bold face caps)

Gaffney at DORMAN


Berkeley at HARTSVILLE

Emerald at CHAPMAN



Ridge Spring-Monetta at LAMAR

CE MURRAY at Baptist Hill