By Abby Beauregard, Josh Imholte, and Jacob Sprankle
December 7th, 2013– The Dutch Fork High School Silver Foxes just won the 4A State Championship. Imagine the pride and glory that resonated off the concrete walls of Williams-Brice Stadium.
Along with the success of last year, the Silver Foxes anticipate another record season after their firstgame against Greenwood, where Dutch Fork dominated 45-19.
“I think we did really well on offense and defense. There were a couple turnovers that we had, but overall we still did pretty well and we were able to get the win,” junior Bryan Singleton said.
After practicing for the duration of the summer and creating new plays, the team is full of confidence, and have faith in their ability to win games and have a successful season.
“Our strengths were making plays. We all made plays on offense and on defense,” sophomore Bobby Irby said.
If this game is an indicator of how the rest of the season will go, hopes are high that Silver Foxes can pull off another promising season, and make it to state as they have for the past two years. After their first state championship win last year against Sumter, both the school and the team have higher expectations.
“I think we have a good chance to make it back to state,” Bryan said.
With high expectations comes a lot of pressure for players to repeat last year’s season, or even the 2012-13 season, in which the Silver Foxes made it to state for the first time. Despite losing starting quarterback Derek Olenchuk, players are still confident that they can pull off a great season.
“Everybody knows we can do it again so there is no pressure to do it. We have the players on offense and defense to win it. And the coaching staff is great,” senior Brandon Turner said.
With a top-notch team and Dutch Fork’s favorite Matt Colburn, who recently committed to the University of Louisville, the school and the Dutch Fork community anticipates that another championship season is not too far away.
But despite the natural talent of the players, the team has to focus on making consistently solid plays.
“We just have to continue making plays, giving up less points, and less turnovers,” Bobby said.
Even though the Foxes appear to be on track for another state championship, there are still some elements that will need to be improved throughout the season. However, it’s a promising start to a season that will continue as the team heads to Texas this week.
“I’m convinced that we’ll be back to back champs this year,” Brandon said. “We’ve got the momentum and the potential and just the overall attitude to do great again this year.”