By CT McDonald
Irmo took just its second loss of the season last week — both in the region — Dutch Fork played out of the region — and won — and Chapin gets its region games underway this weekend after a bye week to prepare.
After falling behind 21-7 in the first half against Lexington last week, the Yellow Jackets (4-2, 0-2) set the stage for a comeback in the third quarter when they cut the Wildcat lead to 7 points, but then the ‘Cats rebounded in the final period to take the Irmo Homecoming game 41-21.
With consecutive conference losses — Blythewood and Lexington — now recorded, the Yellow Jackets will look to get back on top of their game this week when they travel across the Lake Murray Dam to take on White Knoll at the Timberwolves’ stadium. The Wolves (3-2, 0-1) lost 48-13 to Spring Valley (6-0, 2-0) in their first region contest, and that followed the non-conference loss to North Augusta (5-0).
That puts both of these Region 5-5A teams in the position of needing a conference victory. One of them will have that when the dust settles after Friday night’s game, the other will not.
Irmo at White Knoll Friday at 7:30 pm.
Finally — after a crazy early season schedule of a bye week, hurricanes and non-region games after starting the region schedule — the Silver Foxes (3-1, 1-0) will start a steady run of Friday night region football this week when they travel to Blythewood to take on the Bengals in their second conference game of the season.
Dutch Fork started Region 5-5A competition two weeks ago by defeating River Bluff 49-9, and followed that with the 67-7 non-region win against Westwood last week. Obviously not suffering too much from the early start-and-stop schedule, the Silver Fox machine will face a Bengals team that could present a stronger challenge than their 3-3, 1-1 record indicates.
With wins against Rock Hill, Fairfield Central and Irmo, and losses to Ridge View, Westwood and River Bluff the Bengals’ game results could depend on who is on the DL and who is not. Or, with the alternating results the Bengals have achieved thus far (win one, lose one, win one, lose one, etc.), they may have a surprise in store for the defending 5A state champions this weekend.
Blythewood lost last week; it’s time for a win this week.
Superstitions aside, it looks like the Silver Foxes are favored to win this one.
Dutch Fork at Blythewood Friday at 7:30 pm.
After the Eagles’ big win against Brookland-Cayce two weeks ago, followed by last week’s vacant date, they will kick off their run in Region 5-4A competition this week when they play host to Dreher at Cecil Woolbright Field.
With wins against River Bluff and archrival Mid-Carolina to start the season, Chapin suffered a two-game slide with losses to Irmo and Newberry, but then rebounded with that important win against the Bearcats at Brookland-Cayce’s (almost) new stadium.
Chapin and Dreher are the two top Region 5-4A teams by non-region wins and losses (3-2) thus far. Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Lower Richland follow at 2-3 overall, while A. C. Flora rounds out the conference at 0-5.
The Eagles have the talent to win overall and in the region. In this week’s region opener, both Chapin and the Blue Devils could settle what may be their toughest conference challenge at the outset of the competition.
Dreher at Chapin Friday at 7:30 pm.