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Dutch Fork defense stymies Demons in 41-0 shutout

Posted: September 10, 2011 1:33 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.

IRMO – One offense was balanced. The other simply struggled to move the chains.

Friday night in Irmo, Dutch Fork defeated visiting Lugoff- Elgin, 41-0.

L-E (0-3) did just about everything it could to mix it up on offense, but came out with more questions than answers for the points put up by Dutch Fork (3-1).

The head man of the Demons, Scott Jones, was disappointed but quick to point out the pride of this football team.

"That’s a good football team," he said of the hosts. "Forty-one to nothing never sounds good, but I’m real proud of our guys. They really fought hard and never gave up.

"We had some attitude issues to work out. We can’t move the football right now but we’re going to work on it and get better."

The only real highlight for L-E came in the first quarter of play, and it came on defense. The Silver Foxes marched the football on the opening drive 54 yards to the L-E one with Trey Gregg carrying the ball five times on the march. Gregg, who eclipsed the century mark in yards on this night, was crucial to the Silver Fox offense. On fourth and goal from the one, L-E completed the stand, stuffing the senior back at the line of scrimmage creating a turnover on downs.

On the ensuing drive, the first offensive possession for the Demons, it was a quick 3 and out which happened on many different occasions. After a short punt by Robert Frame from deep in his own end zone, Dutch Fork was set up with great field possession at the L-E 29. This time they put it in the hands of senior quarterback Clayton Little who connected with Shaq Price for a three- yard touchdown pass on a slant route. And just like that, it was 7-0 with 5:50 left in the first.

After yet another three and out, Dutch Fork struck again. A five-yard quarterback keeper by backup Derek Olenchuk made it 14-0, capping off a six-play, 67-yard drive.

Jones was admitted the mismatch in this game.

"We have to do some things to try and pep up our step," he said. "It’s hard for me to be mad at them when they try hard and do the things we ask them to do. Dutch Fork is a good football team. We were just mismatched up front, we were outweighed but they stuck in there early."

The Silver Foxes added another score right before the half with 2:25 left in the first half as Price caught another touchdown pass, this time a skinny post over the middle for a wide open score to make it 21-0 for the hosts.

L-E had one first down in the half, but the play that moved the chains resulted in a fumble giving the ball right back to the hosts. The struggles for the Demons’ offense were evident throughout this contest.

"It just didn’t happen for us," Jones said. "We have to go back to the drawing board. We tried several different things tonight; spread it out, compact them, but we just couldn’t get anything going.

"Taking nothing away from Dutch Fork, but we are not blocking well up front. We have to challenge our guys a little more."

In the second half, it was more of the same for the offense but Lugoff- Elgin brought in a new face at quarterback as sophomore Shon Belton took most of the snaps and played rather well. Jones likes the idea of playing Belton, but personnel issues could come in the way.

"I thought Shon did a good job. Unfortunately, he had to play both ways," Jones said. "That’s the problem right now. So many of our skill guys our playing defense, too. But we could solve some of that problem with personnel changes."

A 15-yard touchdown pass from Little to Gregg, out in the flats, made it 28-0 after the extra point at the 3:33 mark in the third.

DF added two more scores in the fourth. In between, Belton received plenty of work running the spread and hitting receivers Justin Gilstrap and Josh Ruiz on short completions which looked promising for the L-E faithful.

"I thought we passed the ball a lot better tonight, but we couldn’t catch it for the most part," Jones said. "Dutch Fork had seven in the box so, we went for it. But if you can’t catch it, then it’s going to be hard to go back to the run … it’s a numbers game."

A touchdown pass from Olenchuk to Jordan Berry on a screen pass would finish off an impressive seven-play, 75-yard drive which ate up four minutes on the clock. A late 72-yard touchdown run by Walter Roberson was the icing on a solid victory for the upstart Silver Foxes.

After the game, Jones told his team that they did their best in a tough situation.

"I told them I was proud of them and that they represented our school well," he said of his post-game talk to the Demons. "Last week, we had some complainers and moaners, and not really with it.

"No one likes to get beat and I’m one of them. Sometimes in life, things don’t go your way, but we had seniors say some good things and our coaches did a good job and have good attitudes. Everyone is trying to learn."

Jones is still confident that the early season setbacks can only make this team better.

"We have a wide open region; we still have a shot," he said. "We play some really tough non-conference teams and, I think it will come back to really help us; it did last year. I hope our guys understand that and don’t give up, so we can all get better. "

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