2017-12-01 / Sports

Dutch Fork gets revenge and Lower State Championship

By Tim Gochnaur


Dutch Fork’s Alex Smith chases down Fort Dorchester’s Dakereon Joyner. Dutch Fork’s Alex Smith chases down Fort Dorchester’s Dakereon Joyner. Dutch Fork came out and made a resounding statement on the opening drive of the game with a 14-play, 78-yard march that took 5:45 off the clock, and resulted in an 11-yard scoring run by Ron Hoff. The Silver Foxes would never be seriously challenged in downing the Fort Dorchester Patriots 24-14 Friday, November 24 at Dutch Fork Stadium in the lower state 5A championship game.

After the Foxes’ opening salvo, the Patriots returned the kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and had it nullified by a penalty. It was the first of two nullifications the Patriots would have in the game.

Five minutes into the second quarter, the Patriots faced fourth-and-10 from the Dutch Fork 44- yard line and dropped back to punt. Silver Fox defensive back George Wooten broke through to block the punt and put Dutch Fork in business at the Patriots’ 41.


Dutch Fork’s Colin Donelson catches a pass despite being defended by Fort Dorchester’s Josh Mcleod. Dutch Fork’s Colin Donelson catches a pass despite being defended by Fort Dorchester’s Josh Mcleod. Quarterback Ty Olenchuk played pitch-and-catch with Colin Donelson on a 41-yard strike, and Ford Williams added the second of his three conversion kicks.

Two possessions later, Fort Dorchester drove deep into Dutch Fork territory with just seconds left in the half. A 6-yard touchdown pass from Dakereon Joyner to Chaz Jones was nullified on a face mask call, and the Patriots had another score taken off the board. Dutch Fork took a 14-0 lead to halftime.

Dutch Fork’s first possession of the second half ended with a 24-yard field goal by Williams as the Silver Foxes took a 17-0 lead.

The Patriots returned fire on their next possession, as a 69-yard bomb from Joyner to Jones found the mark, and Kobe Shelton added the conversion kick.


Dutch Fork’s Ron Huff gets past Fort Dorchester’s Davon Gilmore on his way to the end zone. Dutch Fork’s Ron Huff gets past Fort Dorchester’s Davon Gilmore on his way to the end zone. Ron Hoff capped a 71-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run on the Foxes’ next possession to move the margin to 24-7 with 3:56 left in the third quarter.

Fort Dorchester got its final score in the fourth quarter when Drew Parker galloped 14 yards to score, and Shelton added the conversion kick.

Dutch Fork head coach Tom Knotts said hard work and resilience were the keys to the Foxes avenging the home loss in September to the Patriots. Fort Dorchester beat Dutch Fork 41-25 on September 1.

“We redeemed ourselves from that poor showing we had the first time,” Knotts said. “They (Fort Dorchester) have a great football team, and our defense was just so resilient. We did what we had to do on offense. (Defensive coordinator) Coach (Nick) Pelham did a great job. Our guys were great on defense. I didn’t think we were going to be denied; we just refused to lose. We talked about it all week. I am just real proud of the resolve. It is all about how they put their nose to the grindstone and what they did this week to avenge the first game.”

Fort Dorchester, the state’s previously No.1 ranked team, ended their season with a 13-1 mark.

Dutch Fork, 12-1, heads to Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday, December 2, to try and capture its second consecutive state 5A football championship. The Foxes will tangle with the Dorman Cavaliers, 12- 2, a 14-10 winner over Gaffney to capture the upper state crown. Kickoff is set for 12 noon.

Dutch Fork 24,
Fort Dorchester 14

       1 2 3 4 Final
FD 0 0 7 7 14
DF 7 7 10 0 24

First Quarter
DF: Ron Hoff 11-yard run. (Extra
point was good)

Second Quarter
DF: Ty Olenchuk 41-yard pass to
Colin Donelson. (Extra point was
good)

Third Quarter
DF: Ford Williams 24-yard field
goal.
FD: Dakereon Joyner 69-yard pass
to Chaz Jones. (Extra point was
good)
DF: Hoff 1-yard run. (Extra point
was good)

Fourth Quarter
FD: Drew Parker 14-yard run.
(Extra point was good)

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