The first full week of high school football is in the books and here is what stood out to me following in Week 1:
Much-needed week off for Dutch Fork
A bye early in the season might be the best thing for Dutch Fork.
The Silver Foxes, who have made it to the state title game the past three seasons, are off to an 0-2 start for the first time since 2003 after Friday’s 29-20 loss to Goose Creek. Dutch Fork led the Gators 13-10 at halftime but struggled stopping Goose Creek’s option attack led by quarterback Dominique Jefferson in the second half. Jefferson rushed for 248 of the team’s 439 yards on the ground. The Gators put up 549 yards on the Silver Foxes defense.
Dutch Fork is off until Sept. 11 when it travels to Boiling Springs. The Silver Foxes should have quarterback Cole Douglas back by then. Douglas missed Friday’s game with an ankle injury. Backup Caleb Clark was 19-of-39 for 260 yards with two TDs.
Wild finish between LR-Keenan
Lower Richland coach Darryl Page has coached in a lot of crazy games during his career, but he said Friday’s 54-48 win over Keenan might have been the wildest he has witnessed.
The Diamond Hornets overcame a 14-point, first-half deficit and won the game on the final play when quarterback Tevaughn Higgins snuck it from two yards out. Page opted to go for the touchdown, rather than try a field goal.
"If we couldn’t make it in from there, we didn’t deserve to win the game," Page said.
Eau Claire back in win column
Eau Claire broke its 14-game losing streak with a 21-20 win over C.A. Johnson. It also was the first win in first-year coach Greg Wright’s career.
Eau Claire built a 14-0 lead before C.A. Johnson took a 20-14 lead in fourth quarter. The Shamrocks then regained the lead and sealed with a Corey Cohen in interception late in the fourth.
“It’s been a rough couple years for them so it was good for them to get a win and have something positive happen,” Wright said. “They definitely are doing the little things right, and they were able to fight back and get the win.”
Blythewood, Chapin as good as advertised so far
Blythewood and Chapin got plenty of preseason attention and so far have delivered through the first two weeks.
Both teams are off to 2-0 start following the Bengals’ 28-14 win over Ridge View, and the Eagles won their second straight after defeating Mid-Carolina 44-7.
Dreher putting up the points
In its first two games, Dreher has scored 89 points in wins over Fox Creek and Columbia. The Blue Devils’ 47-0 win against the Capitals on Friday was their first shutout since 2012.
Christ Church’s winning streak ends
Outside the Midlands, one of the biggest developments Friday night came when Abbeville snapped Christ Church’s state-record, 55-game winning streak with a 55-14 victory over the Cavaliers.
It was Christ Church’s first defeat since losing to Liberty 20-6 on Aug. 26, 2011. Dillon takes over the state’s longest winning streak at 25 games.
QB Tevaughn Hughes and WR Larry Collins (Lower Richland) — Diamond Hornets quarterback threw for five TDs, four to Collins, and rushed for another.
QB Logan Bailey (Chapin) — Accounted for 307 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the win over Mid-Carolina. Senior has 10 total TDs in first two games.
RB Maurice Jones (White Knoll) — Rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Wando.
RB Terrence Wilson (Batesburg-Leesville) — Rushed for 138 yards and three TDs in win over Woodland. Senior has 60 career TDs, 13 off of the school record set by Deveto Johnson.
QB Jalen Smith (Westwood) — Threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
Three to watch
Here is a look at some of next week’s top games in the Midlands for next week:
Airport at Dreher — Blue Devils off to a 2-0 start and host the Eagles, who held off Brookland-Cayce on Friday to win their opener, 42-37.
Lexington at Blythewood — Wildcats look to bounce back from loss to Westside, while Bengals try to go 3-0 for the first time since 2009.
Swansea at Chapin — Will be fun matchup of two of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the Midlands in Swansea’s Chance Walker and Chapin’s Logan Bailey.