DUTCH FORK 56, SOUTH AIKEN 3
South Aiken came into its game with Dutch Fork the healthiest it had been in a while, with star quarterback Bo Baldwin and four offensive lineman returning from injuries. That didn't matter much, though, as the Silver Foxes beat the home team 56-3.
Baldwin struggled in his return to action for the T-Breds (0-7, 0-1 Region 5-AAAA), completing seven of his 22 pass attempts for 61 yards and an interception. He also rushed 10 times for 38 yards on the night.
South Aiken head coach Jeremy West said rust was a factor in Baldwin's misfires and that the team wasn't on the same page offensively.
“We never got in any kind of rhythm,” West said.
Dutch Fork (4-3, 1-0) took the opening kickoff and returned it 44 yards to the South Aiken 48-yard line. They moved the ball deeper into T-Bred territory, and Will Holbrook looked to have put a damper on the Silver Foxes' drive with a 9-yard sack of quarterback Derek Olenchuk. The junior wasn't fazed, leading his team deeper into the red zone and punching in a 1-yard touchdown run to start the game's scoring.
South Aiken countered with a drive of its own, helped by a 42-yard run on fourth and 2 by Adam Allen that gave the T-Breds first-and-goal at the Dutch Fork 10. They settled for a 23-yard Owen Myers field goal, and that was all the scoring the home team did on the night.
On the ensuing drive, the Silver Foxes drove downfield and scored on a 7-yard run by Trey Gregg to push the score to 14-3. Gregg gave the T-Breds fits all night, rushing 10 times for 95 yards and three scores and catching four passes for 73 yards.
Those receiving yards came mostly on screen passes that T-Bred defenders failed to cover, and coupled with missed tackles, the blown assignments cost West's team dearly.
“They didn't do anything we hadn't seen all week,” West said.
At the start of the second quarter, South Aiken was forced to punt, but a booming punt by Matt Albertson pinned the Silver Foxes at their own 9-yard line. The T-Bred secondary, specifically Jordan Scott and Teddrick Steadman, stepped up, and that resulted in a quick three-and-out from the visitors.
Baldwin had the offense on the move on the following possession, but a Damion Brown fumble cut the drive short. Baldwin also threw an interception at the end of the first half with the T-Breds in the Silver Foxes' red zone.
West said his team “shot ourselves in the foot” with the fumble and other mistakes.
“It was costly,” he said. “We're not good enough to overcome turnovers.”
He also pointed out that Brown, forced into an even heavier load than usual with DeAndre Schoultz and Allen leaving the game with injuries, was a bright spot despite his gaffe. The junior carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards.
“I thought Damion Brown ran hard all night,” he said.
The Silver Foxes took a 28-3 lead into halftime after two second-quarter rushing scores by Gregg, and their passing game took over in the third quarter. Olenchuk found Daniel Jurgenson and Brigman German for scoring strikes of 13 and 33 yards and finished the night 17-of-25 for 284 yards.
Even the big score couldn't keep the Dutch Fork passing game down. Leading 42-3 in the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Tate Fant scrambled and hit Jurgenson for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
“If that's what they've got to do to be successful, that's what they've got to do,” West said.
Will Sweeper had the visitors' final score of the night on a 19-yard run.
Dutch Fork will host Aiken (2-5, 0-1) next week, while South Aiken is set to host Lexington (2-5, 0-1).
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.
DF 14 14 14 14 – 56
SA 3 0 0 0 – 3
DF-Derek Olenchuk 1 run (Tyler Bass kick) 8:21.
SA-Owen Myers 23 field goal 3:14.
DF-Trey Gregg 7 run (Bass kick) 1:43.
DF-Gregg 1 run (Bass kick) 5:43.
DF-Gregg 35 run (Bass kick) 3:09.
DF-Olenchuk 13 pass to Daniel Jurgenson (Bass kick) 7:45.
DF-Olenchuk 33 pass to Brigman German (Bass kick) 3:50.
DF-Tate Fant 35 pass to Jurgenson (Bass kick) 11:41.
DF-Will Sweeper 19 run (Bass kick) :42.3.
DF-Jordan Berry 1-15, Olenchuk 5-10-1TD, Gregg 10-95-3TD, Walter Roberson 4-25, Sweeper 4-31-1TD, Kyle Boulware 5-25. Totals 29-201-5TD.
SA-Adam Allen 2-44, Bo Baldwin 10-38, DeAndre Schoultz 3-33, Damion Brown 10-42, Matt Albertson 1-17. Totals 26-174.
DF-Olenchuk 17-25-284-2TD-0INT, Fant 4-5-99-1TD-0INT. Totals 21-30-383-3TD-0INT.
DF-Berry 7-89, Drew Williams 1-16, Gregg 4-73, German 2-67-1TD, Roberson 3-47, Jurgenson 3-81-2TD, Deion Frasier 1-14.
DF-Lane Ecton 1-0.
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