High School Football

5 things we learned, players who shined and how Midlands Top 10 fared in Week 7

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Blythewood's Brandon Edwards runs for first down on a fake punt in Bengals' 21-14 win over Irmo on Oct 5, 2018
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Blythewood's Brandon Edwards runs for first down on a fake punt in Bengals' 21-14 win over Irmo on Oct 5, 2018

Here are five observations or things that stood out in the seventh week of high school football in the Midlands:

Blythewood ‘enjoying the ride’

Jason Seidel said he is “enjoying the ride” during his first year at Blythewood.

Blythewood definitely is exceeding expectations in Seidel’s first year. The Bengals (5-1) are on a four-game winning streak after Friday’s 21-14 win against Irmo. Blythewood won just three games last season and finished the year on a five-game losing streak.

Blythewood is doing it despite losing starting quarterback Quentin Patten, who went down with an ACL injury in the second week. The Bengals have a strong running game and a physical defense led by Patrick Godbolt, who had his best game of the season Friday.

The Bengals face their toughest test of the season when they travel to Sumter on Friday. The winner of the game moves into the driver’s seat in the Region 4-5A race.

Cardinal Newman putting together solid season

Cardinal Newman pulled off one of the bigger wins Friday by defeating Laurence Manning, 14-7.

The win gives the Cardinals five wins, their biggest total since winning six in 2013. Cardinal Newman is finally putting things together in coach Doug Dutton’s fourth season.

Cardinal Newman has Wilson Hall this week before a showdown with Hammond on Oct. 19.

Showdown looming for A.C. Flora, Lower Richland

A.C. Flora and Lower Richland could decide the Region 4-4A title in two weeks if both teams don’t slip up this week.

The Falcons host Orangeburg-Wilkinson this week, while the Diamond Hornets have Lakewood. Both teams are coming off two of their best performances of the season Friday.

A.C. Flora won its fourth straight game with a 52-7 win over Lakewood. It was the Falcons’ highest output since scoring 61 points in a win over Midland Valley in 2016.

Lower Richland defeated Crestwood, 44-14. It is the fourth game this season the Diamond Hornets held an opponent to 14 points or less.

Passing frenzy

It was a good week for the top passing quarterbacks in the Midlands.

Brookland-Cayce’s Reed Charpia (329), Gray Collegiate’s Hunter Helms (322), Dutch Fork’s Ty Olenchuk (339) and Hammond’s Jackson Muschamp (314) all went over the 300-yard mark in passing Friday night. For Charpia and Olenchuk, it was the third straight week the quarterbacks passed for more than 300 yards in a game.

Charpia became the first passer in the Midlands to go over the 2,000-yard mark for the season.

Rough week for ranked teams

It was a tough night for teams ranked in the Midlands Top 10 poll for the second straight week.

No. 3 River Bluff, No. 4 Westwood, No. 8 Irmo and No. 9 Brookland-Cayce all lost Friday night. It was the second consecutive week four ranked teams suffered defeat. River Bluff (Dutch Fork) and Irmo (Blythewood) losses came against other teams ranked in the poll.

It was the second straight loss for Westwood, who started Region 3-4A at 0-2. The Redhawks face almost a must-win game next week against Ridge View.

Top performers

Javon Anderson, QB, Ridge View – Threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in win over Richland Northeast.

Shymeik Corbett, RB, Camden – Rushed for 103 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns in win over Fairfield Central.

Patrick Godbolt, DE, Blythewood – Had 11 ½ tackles, 6 ½ for loss and 3 ½ sacks in win over Irmo

Hunter Helms, QB, Gray Collegiate – Was 22-of-26 for 322 yards and three touchdowns in win over Columbia

Jackson Muschamp, QB, Hammond – Was 16-of-24 for 314 yards and four touchdowns in win over Porter-Gaud

Ty Olenchuk, QB, Dutch Fork – Was 20-of-24 for 339 yards and four touchdowns in win over River Bluff.

Pryce Whitten, QB, Pelion – Was 11-of-12 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns in win over Edisto.

How Midlands Top 10 fared

1. Dutch Fork (6-0) – Defeated River Bluff, 56-14

2. Hammond (7-0) – Defeated Porter-Gaud, 42-14

3. River Bluff (5-1) – Lost to Dutch Fork, 56-14

4. Westwood (4-2) – Lost to York, 14-6

5. Camden (6-1) – Defeated Fairfield Central, 56-13

6. Blythewood (5-1) – Defeated Irmo, 21-14

7. Lexington (4-2) – Off

8. Irmo (4-3) – Lost to Blythewood, 21-14

9. Brookland-Cayce (4-3) – Lost to South Aiken, 40-35

10. Gilbert (4-2) – Off

This Week’s Schedule


Aiken at Airport

CA Johnson at Eau Claire (Keenan Stadium)

Calhoun at Richard Winn

Camden at Chester

Chapin at River Bluff

Christian Academy at Northside Christian

Clinton at Newberry

Dreher at Crestwood

Dutch Fork at Lexington

Fox Creek at Saluda

Gilbert at Strom Thurmond

Gray Collegiate at Calhoun County

Hammond at Laurence Manning

Heathwood Hall at First Baptist

Keenan at Indian Land

Lee Central at North Central

Lower Richland at Lakewood

Lugoff-Elgin at Irmo

Mid-Carolina at Union County

Midland Valley at Brookland-Cayce

Ninety Six at Batesburg-Leesville

Orangeburg-Wilkinson at AC Flora

Richland Northeast at South Pointe

Swansea at Pelion

WW King at Tri-Academy

Westwood at Ridge View

White Knoll at Spring Valley

Wilson Hall at Cardinal Newman