By CT McDonald
After both varsity football teams posted home game wins last week, Irmo will visit Dutch Fork on Friday to play the only District Five matchup between these two for the entire regular season.
Following the canceled season opener at Charlotte, NC two weeks ago, the Silver Foxes (1-0, 0-0) kicked-off their regular season last week with a crushing 63-0 shutout over Spring Valley in a game that indicates they are prepared to start the long, arduous journey in quest of another state title.
In their second game of the regular season, the Yellow Jackets (1-1, 0-0) scored a convincing 43-12 win over the Keenan Raiders to even the record after the 7-point loss to Lexington in the season opener, both at Irmo.
Friday’s game at Dutch Fork will be the first of five consecutive road games for Irmo. The next time the Yellow Jackets play at home will be the third Region 4-5A game of the season when the Lugoff-Elgin Demons visit.
Irmo’s playmakers had more success against the Raiders last week. According to fearthestingihs.org, Kendrell Flowers scored four times on the ground, Omarion Dollison added two TD’s, also on ground carries, and James Dooley and Angel Camarena made good on the extra point kick after each TD except one.
Keenan scored its two touchdowns on big plays; the first a pass interception and score, and the second on a breakout long yardage run.
At Dutch Fork, Spring Valley appeared to have no answer for the Silver Foxes’ offense, nor for their defense, and many of the Dutch Fork players were able to get in some game time.
But this week’s matchup featuring Irmo and Dutch Fork is new game, and yet a continuation of the local rivalry that began in 1992 when the Silver Foxes were a brand new thing.
For local fans, Irmo does not have District Five neighbor Chapin on its schedule this year, but Dutch Fork will take on the nearby Eagles in the first Region 5-5A contest of the season in late September.
This week its Irmo at Dutch Friday at 7:30 pm.