By CT McDonald

 

Of the three District Five varsity football teams, one of them won big in last week’s region game, another suffered a major upset, and the third had the week off. And one of them has a major challenge coming up Friday in a battle for the top spot in its region.

 

DUTCH FORK

The Silver Foxes may find this week’s Region 5-5A home game more challenging than last week’s road game. After the 55-14 win at White Knoll last Friday, Dutch Fork will play host to Spring Valley this weekend in a battle between the two teams still undefeated in conference competition.

With last weeks victory, Dutch Fork improved to 6-1, 4-0, while Spring Valley earned an 8-0, 4-0 record with its 44-20 win over River Bluff. The Silver Foxes completed last year undefeated as the 5A state champions, and that includes the 38-21 win over the Vikings on October 21, 2016. Spring Valley completed last year 8-4, 4-2 and stood at 5-2, 2-1 before the Dutch Fork game.

This year is different. The Vikings have plowed through the schedule with nothing but victories, thus far.

It’s obvious that there is plenty of talent and skill in both of these teams, from the coaching staff, to the starters and the bench. The most important factor in Friday’s region challenge game could be a common one: Which one of the two teams is best prepared for this particular matchup.

Spring Valley at Dutch Fork Friday at 7:30 pm.

 

CHAPIN

The Eagles suffered an upset last week in the 40-20 loss at Lower Richland — yet another indication that the Diamond Hornets are alive again and should be a force to reckon with as games and seasons progress.

Even so, Chapin still has, and is one of the best 4A football programs in the state this year and should rebound to complete the season on the winning end of it. Now standing at 5-3, 2-1, Chapin is in a tie with Dreher (also 5-3, 2-1) for the region, and will be on the road this week to take on the team that is suddenly in a third-place tie with Lower Richland at 3-5, 1-1 for each team. A. C. Flora (0-8, 0-2) currently rounds out the region.

The Eagles will travel this week to play the Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruins in the final Region 5-4A game of the season. A non-conference home game against Airport next week will wrap up the Eagles’ regular season.

Chapin at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Friday at 7:30 pm.

 

IRMO

Irmo had a bye week last week, not a regularly scheduled game at Myrtle Beach as we incorrectly reported on these pages last week. We apologize for that error.

This week the Yellow Jackets (5-3, 1-3) will play at River Bluff (2-7, 1-4) in the second to last game of the regular season. Irmo is currently in a three-way tie with Blythewood and White Knoll for fourth place in Region 5-5A, according to reported conference wins and losses. With Dutch Fork, Spring Valley and Lexington leading the pack, River Bluff rounds out the region at 2-7, 1-4.

Irmo will complete the regular season next week at home against Dutch Fork.

But this week it’s Irmo at River Bluff Friday at 7:30 pm.