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June 19, 2012Columbia (SC) The 2012 football season is just around the corner and Palmetto state prep fans won't have to wait long before the season's biggest games take place. On September 21st, two of 4A's heavy favorites will collide when the defending State Champion Goose Creek Gators travel to Columbia to take on the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes.
In the 4A Classification, every game is big. The fact that the Gators of Goose Creek didn't lose a game to an in state team is huge, as they would like to continue that streak as set their reptilian eyes upon the title again in 2012. Dutch Fork saw tremendous improvement under Coach Tommy Knotts in 2011 and will continue to improve. This is a game that each of these schools could use as a measuring stick to see exactly where they are before they hit region play.
KEY POINT - DUTCH FORK
The Silver Foxes lost a tremendous amount of talent to graduation, including one of their two starting quarterbacks from their two-quarterback system and one of the state's top running backs in Shrine Bowler Brandon Quattlebaum. So filling those holes will be key, but more importantly will be the test that their defense will get facing one of the most lethal offenses in the state. Facing a lethal offense will force the Silver Foxes' offense to be productive, as well as stingy with the football, and the defense must not give up the big play.
KEY POINT - GOOSE CREEK
The Gators have an outstanding quarterback who has the ability to throw the football, but is dangerous in the run game as well. They have the state's best running back in rising junior Caleb Kinlaw, as well as the Class of 2013's top player, wide receiver Tramel Terry. Defensively, the Gators are as strong, if not stronger, than any other team in the state.
This game is a who's who of South Carolina high school football. With the state's top prospect from 2013, Tramel Terry, along with 2014 star running back Caleb Kinlaw, Goose Creek returns one of the scariest rosters in the state.
Defensive standouts at linebacker Gerald Turner (6-2, 235) and Jaylen Stevens (6-4, 210) are both SCVarsity.com Top Ten players, as well.
Dutch Fork has a couple of standouts of their own. Wide Receiver Jordan Berry (5-11, 170) is as lethal an most receivers in the state and the Silver Foxes return experience at quarterback in rising junior Derek Olenchuck, who could be one of the top players at the quarterback position in 2014 Class.
While the Silver Foxes have the home field advantage in this, it is only in an advantage in the traditional sense. This Goose Creek team is the most loaded team in the state in terms of talent and I believe the Gators will have way too much offense for the Silver Fox defense, and will be too strong defensively for the Foxes to play any kind of keep away with the ball.
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