Thursday, September 26, 2013
Could a shootout be on tap at Fulmer Field on Friday night?
A look at the stat sheet for both teams certainly seems to suggest that will be the case.
The Goose Creek Gators host Dutch Fork in a battle of two high-scoring juggernauts. Goose Creek enters averaging 54 points a contest, while Dutch Fork averages 48.5 points.
Both squads are 4-0 and ranked inside the state’s top five in Class AAAA. The Gators, ranked as high as No. 2, defeated Fort Dorchester 49-28 last week, while Dutch Fork survived Dorman 42-39. The Silver Foxes are ranked as high as fourth.
“Dutch Fork is a very good offensive football team,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said. “They are, by far, the best we have seen this year. They have a very big offensive line, a veteran quarterback and a great back in (Matt) Colburn.”
The junior standout is probably even more vital to Dutch Fork’s offense as running back Caleb Kinlaw is to Goose Creek’s.
Last week, Colburn topped 400 all-purpose yards to lead the Silver Foxes. He rushed for 295 yards on 31 carries and scored five touchdowns. He has over 800 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground this season, and has two touchdowns receiving to go along with 199 yards.
Colburn had 233 yards rushing and three scores a week earlier against Rock Hill.
Quarterback Derek Olenchuk is 60 of 83 through the air for 943 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has only been intercepted once.
Kinlaw has over 600 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns for Goose Creek. Gators quarterback Dantez Bennamon has passed for over 400 yards and topped 200 yards on the ground.
Goose Creek won last year, 28-17, as part of a 13-0 season.
The Gators are putting a 30-game win streak on the line and Friday will be homecoming.
With each team possessing tremendous offensive artillery, it could live up to past shootouts involving Goose Creek. In 2011, the Gators’ last loss was a 52-51 affair against University School, Fla. on Fulmer Field.
In 2010, the Gators won 63-57 against Lowcountry rival Summerville, also at GCHS.