Week One H.S. football thoughts

Here's a few things that stood out to me in the opening week of the high school football season.

First of all I was impressed with ARC, especially on defense. Sure the offense gets most of the headlines but ARC did a great job in not letting Westside's Chris Hunter get on track. The goal line stand at the end of the first half was impressive seeing they stopped the Patriots four straight downs inside the 10. Of course that led to Mar-Quon Medlock's 99 year run which was pretty awesome seeing he was looking to run out the clock and end the half. I will say they need to clean things up after committing a boat load of penalties and if that doesn't change, things could get away from them.

North Augusta is good, plain and simple. They have a lot of play makers on that team and any squad that has about a half dozen Division One recruits should be considered pretty darn good. Loranzo Hammond is only a junior and he'll quickly become one of the top quarterbacks around. The kid can flat out play and makes this a very dangerous team both on the ground and through the air.

Williston Elko could easily win a state title. With Dexter Staley making one highlight play after another don't be surprised if the Blue Devils win it all this year. The team has lots of experience and that too will go a long way.

Evans is solid but I'm not sure if they can duplicate an undefeated regular season. Doing that is not easy but Jonathan Finch does have plenty of help around him. Anyone who saw the game with Greenbrier saw the type of weapons they do have. From quarterback to wide receivers, this is more then a one man show.

Jefferson County should win more then one playoff game this year. It's never happened in the past, but if Barry Bostic stays healthy, no reason to think they can't. By the way, I refuse to call him BJ Bostic. After we talked with them during our preview, Coach Arnold and Barry himself liked going by his name, not BJ.

Of course it's early and teams like Silver Bluff, Burke County and Lincoln County are also right there in the grand scheme of things. As someone once said, business will pick up here in the near future.


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