Silver Foxes ready for region run after solid start
By David Shelton
Irmo – Heading into their last non-region game of the 2014 season, the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes are gearing for their upcoming region 4-AAAA schedule.
Dutch Fork, the defending Division I-AAAA state champions, enters its October 3rd game against rival Irmo with a 4-2 record, having played a very competitive schedule early on.
The Silver Foxes opened the season with an impressive 45-19 win over Greenwood. Following that victory, Dutch Fork travelled to Allen, Texas to face Allen High School, a team ranked in the national top 25. The two teams put on an offensive show, combining for more than 1,000 total yards with Allen holding off Dutch Fork, 58-52.
Coach Tom Knotts’ crew returned home to face another quality AAAA team, Boiling Springs. The visitors lost starting quarterback Daniel Thompson early in the game and the Silver Foxes rolled to a 60-24 win.
Week four saw another offensive shootout as Dutch Fork visited undefeated Dorman. In a rematch of a high-scoring game won by Dutch Fork last season, the Cavaliers were able to out-score the Silver Foxes, winning the game, 48-37.
After challenging his team to have a more focused effort on both sides of the ball, the Silver Foxes easily handled Sumter, 59-7, in a rematch of the Division I-AAAA state championship game of last season.
Through six games, Dutch Fork is averaging 50.6 points and 527 yards per game. They also average nine yards per offensive snap and have scored 17 touchdowns in 24 trips into the red zone.
Senior Matt Colburn, one of the state’s top running backs and a Louisville commitment, has rushed for 716 yards on 91 attempts, scoring 13 touchdowns. He had a 250-yard effort in the game against Allen.
Colburn injured his ankle in the win over Sumter.
Senior quarterback Tate Fant has thrown for 1,499 yards and 14 touchdowns in six games, completing 85-of-138 attempts. In the loss at Dorman, Fant completed 28-of-40 for 430 yards.
Alec DeBoer leads the team in receptions with 22 grabs, covering 293 yards. Sophomore speedster Austin Connor has 15 receptions for 474 yards, averaging 31.6 yards per catch. Will Sweeper has caught 14 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, Lane Ecton leads the team with 27 tackles, followed by Stephen Davis, who has 24 tackles. Dominique Scott has 20 tackles and leads the team with nine tackles for loss and two sacks.
Jeremy Addison has three interceptions while Chris Parrott has two picks.
Placekicker Tyler Bass is among the state’s scoring leaders with 45 points. Bass has made six-of-seven field goal attempts and 27-of-28 extra points. He also averages 38 yards per punt.