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Prep Notes: Silent auction will raise funds for Simpkins family

jblake@thestate.com

River Bluff will be hosting “LongLiveLew” night for its home opener Friday against Gilbert.

The event will pay tribute to River Bluff sophomore defensive lineman Lewis Simpkins, who died Aug. 10 after collapsing at practice. There will be a silent auction to raise money for the USWE90 Fund and go to the Simpkins family.

River Bluff coach David Bennett said some of the items up for auction will be hunting equipment, autographed footballs from NFL players such as Marcus Mariotta, Derrick Henry and Matthew Stafford, and signed items from Will Muschamp and Dabo Swinney.

#LiveLikeLew T-shirts also will be sold at the game and the schools will release orange balloons in honor of Simpkins because of his love for Clemson.

Simpkins’ parents, Willie and Shonda Simpkins, will be the honorary captains for the game and the River Bluff captains will wear Simpkins’ No. 90 jerseys for the coin toss.

Schedule changes

With the threat of the tropical storm on Friday, five Midlands games have been rescheduled.

The games moved to Thursday are: Hammond at Laurence Manning (6 p.m.), Lugoff-Elgin at Midland Valley (6 p.m.), Keenan at Chester (7 p.m.) and Dutch Fork at Fort Dorchester (7:30 p.m.).

On Saturday, Westwood will play at South Florence at noon.

Dutch Fork’s game against Fort Dorchester is a matchup of two of the top three teams in South Carolina Sports Writers Class 5A poll, with Fort Dorchester No. 1 and Dutch Fork at No. 3.

Fort Dorchester features junior quarterback and USC/Clemson target Dakereon Joyner, one of the state’s top prospects for Class of 2018. Through two games, Joyner is 27-for-39 passing for 808 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Flying Dutchmen

Chapin and Irmo will renew their football rivalry Friday when they play at W.C. Hawkins Stadium.

It’ll be the first meeting between the schools since 2011. Irmo leads the all-time series, 4-0.

The schools have a history which dates back to the 1950s. During that period, Chapin and Irmo didn’t have enough students to form separate football teams, so the they combined from 1952-58 and were known as the Chapin-Irmo Flying Dutchmen.

Brown, Gary get invites to Team USA

A.C. Flora’s Christian Brown and Gray Collegiate’s Juwan Gary have been invited to attend the 16U Team USA training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., from Oct. 7-10.

Brown and Gary are two of the top sophomores in the country. In the latest ESPN Top 25 for Class of 2019 rankings, Brown’s 10th and Gary 12th.

Adams gets Ole Miss offer

Blythewood quarterback Jordyn Adams picked up an offer from Ole Miss this week.

It’s the second SEC offer for the junior with the other coming from South Carolina, which also has offered him for baseball. Adams also has offers from East Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina and Southern Miss.

Adams has thrown for 360 yards and rushed for 146 with four touchdowns in two games.

Williamson transfers to Spring Valley

Ashley Williamson has transferred to Spring Valley and will play basketball for the Vikings.

Williamson averaged 13.8 points last season at Ben Lippen. The 5-foot-9 sophomore picked up an offer from Notre Dame over the weekend.

Thomas taking in Clemson game

Highly-touted Wilson defensive end Xavier Thomas will attend Saturday’s Clemson at Auburn game.

Clemson’s one of Thomas’ top four schools, along with South Carolina, Florida State and Ohio State. Gamecock coaches were supposed to attend Thomas’ game Friday at Conway, but it was moved to Thursday because of the threat of tropical storm.

Thomas is South Carolina’s No. 1 recruit for the Class of 2018, according to ESPN.

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