High School Football

5 top Midlands high school football story lines — and our Week 4 predictions

Here are five things to keep an eye on this week in Midlands high school football action:

Title game rematch

Nationally ranked Dutch Fork looks to continue its blazing start when it travels to Boiling Springs in a rematch of the 2016 Class 5A state title game.

The Silver Foxes won the championship game, 28-21, the first of back-to-back titles.

Dutch Fork is off to its best offensive two-game start of a season since Tom Knotts arrived in 2010. The Silver Foxes have outscored opponents 121-0.

It’s the first time the Silver Foxes have recorded back-to-back shutouts to start a year since 2011. Boiling Springs is 1-1 and coming off a 55-28 loss to Chapman.

Sister schools meeting on college campus

Gray Collegiate and Oceanside Collegiate’s first football meeting will get college treatment.

The two sister charter schools meet at South Carolina State’s Oliver Dawson Stadium.

Oceanside Collegiate is coached by Chad Grier, who is the father of West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.

Familiar opponent for LR’s Barr

It might be Lower Richland’s first time facing Wilson, but it is an opponent LR coach Rodney Barr knows well.

Barr spent eight seasons at Wilson as an assistant football and head baseball coach. He was part of the Tigers’ coaching staff when they won the 2007 Class 3A championship.

River Bluff looks to add to record start

At 3-0, River Bluff is off to its best start in school history and will go for its fourth consecutive win against Lugoff-Elgin.

The Gators are averaging 52.3 points and 500 yards per game on offense. L-E is giving up 42.3 games per contest.

After this week, things get a little tougher for River Bluff, which faces Irmo, Gilbert and Dutch Fork in its next three games.

Ben Lippen looks to slow down Dukes

After facing defending SCISA 3A champion Hammond last week, Ben Lippen gets a crack at last year’s 2A champion, First Baptist, this week.

First Baptist moved up to 3A this season and features one of the top tailbacks in the state in Mikey Dukes. The senior has rushed for 410 yards and 10 TDs in three games this season.

Midlands Top 10 Poll

1. Dutch Fork (2-0)

2. Hammond (3-0)

3. Westwood (3-0)

4. Lexington (2-0)

5. River Bluff (3-0)

6. Spring Valley (1-1)

7. Gilbert (2-1)

8. Brookland-Cayce (2-1)

9. Chapin (2-0)

10. White Knoll (2-1)

Week 4 Picks


Aiken at White Knoll

Bezjak: White Knoll

Dearing: White Knoll

Airport at Gilbert

Bezjak: Gilbert

Dearing: Gilbert

Batesburg-Leesville at Mid-Carolina

Bezjak: Batesburg-Leesville

Dearing: Batesburg-Leesville

Ben Lippen at First Baptist

Bezjak: First Baptist

Dearing: First Baptist

CA Johnson at Keenan

Bezjak: Keenan

Dearing: Keenan

Camden at Fort Mill

Bezjak: Camden

Dearing: Fort Mill

Cardinal Newman at Augusta Christian

Bezjak: Cardinal Newman

Dearing: Augusta Christian

Dorchester Academy at Northside Christian

Bezjak: Dorchester

Dearing: Dorchester

Dutch Fork at Boiling Springs

Bezjak: Dutch Fork

Dearing: Dutch Fork

Fairfield Central at Calhoun County

Bezjak: Fairfield Central

Dearing: Fairfield Central

Irmo at Brookland-Cayce

Bezjak: Irmo

Dearing: Brookland-Cayce

Laurence Manning at Heathwood Hall

Bezjak: Laurence Manning

Dearing: Laurence Manning

Lower Richland vs. Wilson at Benedict College

Bezjak: Wilson

Dearing: Lower Richland

Lugoff-Elgin at River Bluff

Bezjak: River Bluff

Dearing: River Bluff

Newberry at Chapin (8 p.m.)

Bezjak: Chapin

Dearing: Newberry

North Augusta at Blythewood

Bezjak: North Augusta

Dearing: North Augusta

North Central at Lamar

Bezjak: Lamar

Dearing: Lamar

Oceanside vs. Gray Collegiate at S.C. State

Bezjak: Gray Collegiate

Dearing: Gray Collegiate

Palmetto at WW King

Bezjak: Palmetto

Dearing: Palmetto

Pinewood Prep at Hammond

Bezjak: Hammond

Dearing: Hammond

Richard Winn at Beaufort Academy

Bezjak: Richard Winn

Dearing: Richard Winn

Richland Northeast at Spring Valley

Bezjak: Spring Valley

Dearing: Spring Valley

Saluda at Pelion

Bezjak: Saluda

Dearing: Saluda

South Aiken at Lexington

Bezjak: Lexington

Dearing: South Aiken

Swansea at Wade Hampton (H)

Bezjak: Wade Hampton

Dearing: Wade Hampton

This Season’s Records

Bezjak: 53-20

Dearing: 53-20

September 6, 2018 | State, The: Web Edition Articles (Columbia, SC)

Author/Byline: Lou Bezjak, The State | Section: prep_football

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