Thursday Morning Quarterback: Dutch Fork heads to Upper State title game

Posted 11/23/22

Revenge and redemption. Those have been the two primary goals for Dutch Fork High School since its five-year run as Class 5A champion was ended by Gaffney.

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Thursday Morning Quarterback: Dutch Fork heads to Upper State title game

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Revenge and redemption.

Those have been the two primary goals for Dutch Fork High School since its five-year run as Class 5A champion was ended by Gaffney.

With the 63-14 rout of Spartanburg, the Silver Foxes move a step closer towards accomplishing both goals. They will travel to “The Reservation” to meet the Indians for the Upper State title and a chance to avenge last year’s loss.

A first-ever win over Gaffney, which held off J.F. Byrnes 34-28, would also send Dutch Fork (12-1) to its seventh straight state championship. More important, it would be an opportunity to redeem itself against either Summerville or Fort Dorchester for a chance at a seventh state title since 2013.

Dutch Fork is 0-2 all-time against Gaffney, both losses coming in the state final. Having extended the home playoff winning streak to 22, the Silver Foxes now look to win their 42nd consecutive road game. 

Season ends for Knights, Indians

W.W. King Academy’s quest for its first SCISA 8-man title since 2013 ended Nov. 18 at Charleston Southern University. 

Holly Hill Academy rushed out to a 44-0 first half lead enroute to a 68-20 win. It was the Raiders’ 38th consecutive victory and third straight title.

W.W. King Academy finished the season 10-2, both losses at the hands of the Raiders (12-0). 

Also in the Lowcountry, Gilbert had a 21-17 lead in the first quarter against Beaufort. A win would have sent the Indians to their fourth Lower State final in school history and tie head coach Chad Leaphart with Marty Woolbright for the most wins at the helm of the program. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Appalachian State commit Colton Phares fielded it at his own 11, managed to break free an elude several Gilbert tacklers and raced into the endzone for an 89-yard touchdown. 

Phares also had an interception to end an Indians drive with 2:25 left. This set up a 38-yard touchdown run by Kacy Fields with 2:09 left to give the Eagles their margin of victory.

The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for Gilbert (10-3), while Beaufort travels to Camden for the Class 3A Lower State title. 

Postseason Gridiron Giants 

Jarvis Green (Dutch Fork) – 191 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns, 13 receiving yards

Aliam Appler (Dutch Fork) – 214 passing yards, three touchdowns; 37 rushing yards, touchdown

Joe Buetow (Dutch Fork) – nine tackles, sack

Dutch Fork defense – four sacks, two interceptions

Jaden Allen-Hendrix (Gilbert) – 101 rushing yards, touchdown 

Ben Sauls (W.W. King Academy) – three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) 

All-Star roster named

The Palmetto I-20 Classic is set for Dec. 9 at Zemp Stadium in Camden. 

Named to Team Nasty were quarterback Chance Jennings (Gilbert); running backs Cooper Johns (River Bluff), Alias Graham-Woodberry (Gilbert), Jesse Ross (White Knoll); wide receivers Isaiah Jones (Dutch Fork), Kamadi Maxwell (Lexington); tight end Blaine Blose (River Bluff), offensive linemen Jeleni Golsten and Davon Bell (both of Brookland-Cayce), Pressley Honeycutt and Jacob Beasley (both of Dutch Fork), Bernard Brown (Gray Collegiate), Jaylen Winguard (Irmo); defensive linemen D.J. McFadden (Airport), Alexander Johnson (Dutch Fork),  Omari Mills (Irmo); linebackers Jaylen Hinton and John Buetow (both of Dutch Fork), Jordan Robinson (Gray Collegiate), Thomas Powell (River Bluff) and Ricky Tyler (Swansea); and defensive backs Jadyn Johnson (Brookland-Cayce), Adam Bass (Chapin), J’von Mack (Dutch Fork), Jordan Smith (Gilbert) and Nate Thomas and M.J. Jones (both of White Knoll). 

Team Nasty is made up of All-Stars from Lexington County and Richland County School District 1. It will face Team Savage consisting of Richland County School District 2 and Kershaw, Sumter, Fairfield, Lee and Lancaster counties. 

The Carolina Bowl Senior Showcase named its South Carolina Roster for the Dec. 11 game at Fuse Stadium in Gastonia. 

Among the Chronicle Country players named were quarterback Aliam Appler (Dutch Fork); running backs Cooper Johns (River Bluff) and Naahzeikial Mays (Brookland-Cayce); wide receiver Kamadi Maxwell (Lexington); offensive lineman Jacob Beasley (Dutch Fork); defensive linemen A.J. Johnson (Dutch Fork) and A.J. Colter (River Bluff); linebacker John Buetow (Dutch Fork); defensive backs Jadyn Johnson (Brookland-Cayce) and Kendall Strohman (Airport). Gray Collegiate wide receiver Devin Johnson was a “Deuces Wild Pick.” 

Chronicle Country players on the next level

QB Aveon Smith (White Knoll) of Miami (Ohio) – 290 total yards, three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) in win over Northern Illinois.

C Hank Manos (Chapin) of University of South Carolina – Saw second half action in win over Tennessee. 

LB Hugh Ryan (Dutch Fork) of Furman – three tackles, pass breakup in win over Wofford. The Paladins face Elon in the opening round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. 

PK Tyler Bass (Dutch Fork) of the Buffalo Bills – Tied a team record going 6-6 on field goals in win over Cleveland.  

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