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The Coaches’ Corner

Weekly thoughts from area coaches.

Robin Bacon, A.C. Flora:

Oct. 13: A.C. Flora 12

Blythewood 16

Said the only people that thought the Falcons could beat Blythewood were the players and coaches. For some reason Carlos McCoy was taken off the punt team one time, and that’s when Perry Wilson returned it 87 yards for a TD. The Falcons had too many two-way players and wore down in the second half. On facing Camden next, said everyone seems to get their problems fixed before they face the Falcons.

Jeff Scott, Blythewood:

Oct. 13:Blythewood 16

A.C. Flora 12

Said he felt like the Bengals were outplayed and out coached by the Falcons, but he was proud how his kids responded in the second half. On facing Lugoff-Elgin next, said the Demons are playing really well with a lot of confidence and momentum. Game could decide the region title.

Brad Coleman, Brookland-Cayce:

Oct. 13: Brookland-Cayce 21

Chapin 0

Said the Bearcats were frustrated in the first half coming away scoreless in three trips to the red zone, but the defense held Chapin to 52 yards. The Eagles never crossed midfield. On facing Midland Valley next, said the Mustangs are statistically the best team in the region.

Marco Thompson (Assistant Coach), Columbia:

Oct. 13: Columbia 21

Keenan 6

Said the Capitals did not play well in the first half, but were able to take advantage of Keenan mistakes in the second half. Said the Raiders are a young, talented team with lots of athletes. On facing Pelion next, said the Capitals aren’t sure what to expect with the loss of some of the Panther players, but the game is for the region title.

Bill Kimrey, Dutch Fork:

Oct. 13: Dutch Fork 14

Spring Valley 28

Said he felt at times the Silver Foxes sat back and watched the Vikings play (especially in the secondary). On facing Lower Richland next, said it’s a return to his old stomping ground against a team that continues to improve each week.

John Daye,

Heathwood Hall:

Oct. 13: Heathwood Hall 16

Hammond 20

Said basically the key was the Skyhawks were able to run the ball and the Highlanders were limited to almost nothing. The highlanders came away with one touchdown in three trips inside the ten. The Skyhawks deserved to win, because they were better on the fronts. On facing Augusta Christian next, said the Lions have beaten everyone handily.

Bob Hanna, Irmo

Oct. 13:Irmo 30

Aiken 21

Said anytime you can hold Aiken under 100 yards rushing, you’ve done something right. Yellow Jackets threw one time and it was intercepted so they stopped throwing. On facing White Knoll next, said with three to four big, physical, and good offensive linemen, the Timberwolves will give Irmo a lot of trouble.

J.W. Montgomery,

Lower Richland:

Oct. 13: Lower Richland 24

South Florence 29

Said the Diamond Hornets had numerous chances and were up 12-0, but if you’re not well versed on Coach Cribb’s trickery, he’ll get you and he did right before halftime. On facing Dutch Fork next, said Coach Kimrey returns to his old stomping ground and everyone keeps reminding him of that, but the Diamond Hornets welcome Coach Kimrey.

Jay Frye,

Richland Northeast:

Oct. 13: RNE 14

Ridge View 31

Said he knew the Cavaliers would have to play well on defense, and they did for three quarters. He had to start Kersean Wilson (Fr.) at QB due to an injury to Gary Gray. Injuries are starting to pile up.Thought the Cavaliers played as well as they could under the circumstances. On facing Sumter next, said the Cavaliers are 4-0 at home and 0-4 on the road. The Gamecocks travel to Harry Parone.

Raymond Jennings,

Ridge View:

Oct. 13: Ridge View 31

RNE 14

Said the game reminded him of a chess match with all the different formations.

The difference in the ball game was the third quarter when the Blazers scored 21 and stopped the Cavaliers offense quickly on two possessions. On facing Spring Valley next, said it’s known statewide how good the Viking O-line is, and if running back Lyndon Ingram gets to the second level, he’s gone.

Jimmy Noon, Spring Valley:

Oct. 13:Spring Valley 28

Dutch Fork 14

Said the Vikings picked up a big win off two really good athletic plays and one sustained drive in the second half. Thought the Vikings may have caught the Silver Foxes at the right time (after their big win at ridge View). The defense stopped Dutch Fork on fourth down twice. On facing Ridge View next, said the kids live next door to each other and the community is split. Nobody has stopped the Blazers, the Vikings will just have to try to get more points.

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