FORT MILL — Fort Mill opened its home slate at its new field turf at Bob Jones Stadium against a tough opponent, the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes, coached by legendary Tom Knotts, formerly of Charlotte’s Independence High School on Friday. The Silver Foxes earned a 48-13 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Dutch Fork entered the matchup ranked in the top 10 and is coming off a state championship appearance a year ago.
The Silver Foxes scored on their second play from scrimmage when Matt Colburn took a three foot shovel pass from quarterback Derek Olenchuck and scampered 72 yards for the game’s first touchdown. The play was the first big one of the night for Colburn, who rolled up 219 yards in the first half.
The Jackets moved the ball well at times in the first half, but penalties, third-down conversions and turnovers ended any prospective drives. During the first two frames, Fort Mill was 0-5 on third down conversions while the Silver Foxes converted 4 of 5.
The Jackets’ most promising drive looked to set the Jackets up near the red zone when Brandon Plyler came up with a monster catch on third down, only to fumble the ball back to the Silver Foxes.
Plyler more than made up for it on Fort Mill’s first drive of the second half when he caught another third down strike from Wells. Plyler dragged four Dutch Fork Players a couple of yards, but fell on the 3.
Fort Mill had another long sustaining drive in the second half, capped by a 15 yard pass from Wells to Zachary.
“We made too many mistakes early on and it really took us out of the ball game, but we played well in the second half,” said Fort Mill coach Ed Susi. “We did a lot of good things in the second half, a lot of things we can build on.”
The Yellow Jackets look to rebound as the travel to the Midlands to take on the Ridgeview Blazers.
Dutch Fork 48 , Fort Mill 13
Dutch Fork – Matt Colburn 72 pass from Derek Olenchuck (Tyler Bass kick)
Dutch Fork – Julian Heyward 10 pass from Olenchuck (Bass Kick)
Dutch Fork – Colburn 13 run (Bass kick)
Dutch Fork – Austin Ruger 9 pass from Olenchuck (kick failed)
Dutch Fork – Colburn 10 run (Bass kick)
Fort Mill – DeRyan Sanders 8 pass from Rogan Wells (kick failed)
Dutch Fork – Blake Ellis 16 pass from Olenchuck (Bass kick)
Fort Mill – Zachary Fowler 14 pass from Wells (Kryst kick)
Dutch Fork – Julian Heyward 15 pass from Tate Fant (Bass kick)