By CT McDonald
With last week’s region games recorded, some District Five varsity football teams notched wins, while another took a loss against one of the state’s top ranked teams.
After the 29-7 win against Lexington last week, Dutch Fork (5-1, 3-0) remains one of two teams undefeated in Region 5-5A competition. Spring Valley (7-0, 3-0) is the other one. Lexington — at 5-3, 2-2 — is the only other team with more than one region victory at this point in the process.
The Silver Foxes will visit White Knoll Friday looking to extend their perfect conference record. In three region games thus far, Dutch Fork has scored 136 points and allowed just 16. Against Lexington last week, the Wildcats were held scoreless until the fourth period when they recorded their only score of the game.
In the same number of conference contests, White Knoll (4-3, 1-2) has scored 47 points and allowed 81. While the Timberwolves’ region opener against Spring Valley was not close (48-13), there was a 13-point margin in their loss to Irmo, and a 4-point spread in last week’s win over River Bluff.
Dutch Fork would be favored in this one, but nothing should ever be taken for granted.
Dutch Fork at White Knoll Friday at 7:30 pm.
Following last week’s 42-21 Region 5-5A loss to Spring Valley, Irmo will face Myrtle Beach this week at the Yellow Jackets’ W. C. Hawkins Stadium. The Jackets stand at 5-3, 1-3 after encountering some tough competition within the region.
The Seahawks (3-5, 0-1) will be coming off of their 48-45 non-region overtime win against Indian Land, and they have recorded 235 points scored and 289 allowed for the season. In addition to their OT win against Indian Land last week, the Seahawks scored a 1-point win (13-12) over Conway two weeks ago.
The Yellow Jackets are not likely to be too impressed with any of this, but will, instead, be focused on putting their house in order again with an out-of-region home game victory before getting back into the conference grind next week. With more points scored (225) than allowed (195) thus far overall against some tough customers, Irmo should have the upper hand in this one.
Myrtle Beach at Irmo Friday at 7:30 pm.
Chapin continued its successful run in Region 5-4A competition last week with the 43-0 lopsided win against A. C. Flora. With back-to-back conference victories against Dreher and Flora, the Eagles have the only perfect conference record after two games.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson has an unblemished region count after just one contest, Dreher is at 1-1 in the region, while Lower Richland is 0-1, and A. C. Flora is at 0-2.
Chapin has earned an impressive point spread record thus far: 208 for and 119 against overall, and 73 for and 7 against in region play. When the Eagles visit the Diamond Hornets of Lower Richland Friday they should extend their undefeated region record, but it should be remembered that Lower Richland has already recorded wins against Airport (24-18) and Richland Northeast (21-0) thus far after going winless last year.
The Diamond Hornets could be dangerous if Chapin lets its guard down. Chapin will be at Lower Richland Friday at 7:30 pm.