It was a winning start for new Nation Ford QB Kirk Rygol, who led the Falcons to an overtime win against Irmo last Friday. The senior showed great pocket awareness and mobility, avoiding sacks and turnovers while throwing two touchdown passes. He was 21-of-32 for 264 yards and also rushed for 40 and another touchdown.
Rygol, a senior transfer from Virginia, appears to have formed a solid bond with fellow senior Alex Stennett, the top returning offensive contributor for the Falcons. Stennett caught nine passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
▪ Lewisville receivers Mike Hill and Johnny Courtney both scored on their first touches of the season last Friday. Hill went 80 yards for a score on his first catch, while Courtney took his first grab 65 yards to the house.
▪ Northwestern threw no touchdown passes Friday night for the first time since the 2015 season opener, a loss at Byrnes. With all the weapons that the Trojans have, it’s difficult to see that streak lasting beyond this Friday.
▪ Speaking of the Trojans, they face Dorman on the road this Friday with the Cavaliers fresh off a 35-13 spanking from Alabama 7A football powerhouse, Bob Jones High School. Bob Jones ball-carrier Brad Anderson racked up 313 yards and three touchdowns rushing on just 17 carries. A pair - not one, but two - of 99-yard touchdown runs certainly inflated Anderson’s stat line. Dorman, Big 16 state finalists last season, is regrouping after losing talented QB Collin Hill to Colorado State and 27 other seniors to graduation.
▪ Chester sacked the QB five times and forced three turnovers during its Week Zero opener against Westwood. That was the good news from a game pushed to Saturday morning by lightning; the bad was a 23-20 loss in which the RedHawks scored late for the win. Have to think those results will turn if the Cyclones’ defense keeps up the pressure.
Correction: stats provided in an earlier version of this story were incorrect.
Week One S.C. Prep Media poll
South Pointe is No. 1 in the 4A S.C. Prep Media football state rankings after its big win over Northwestern.
1. Fort Dorchester; 2. Westside; 3. Dutch Fork; 4. Northwestern; 5. Spartanburg; 6. Gaffney; 7. Lexington; 8. Dorman; 9. Boiling Springs; 10. Byrnes
Others receiving votes: Conway, Goose Creek, T.L. Hanna, Blythewood, Sumter, Hillcrest, Greenwood, Nation Ford, Summerville
1. South Pointe; 2. Myrtle Beach; 3. Hartsville; 4. Belton-Honea Path; T5. Union County; T5. Ridge View; 7. Airport; 8. Marlboro County; 9. Lancaster; 10. York
Others receiving votes: Cane Bay, North Augusta, South Aiken, Westwood, Greer, Beaufort, Wren, Daniel, North Myrtle Beach, Chapin
1. Dillon; 2. Woodruff; 3. Fairfield Central; 4. Strom Thurmond; 5. Newberry; 6. Bluffton; 6. Seneca; 8. Hanahan; 9. Brookland-Cayce; 10. Chapman
Others receiving votes: Camden, Georgetown, Timberland, Loris, Bishop England, Emerald, Swansea, Lake Marion, Pendleton, Chester, Powdersville, Crescent, Lake City
1. Abbeville; 2. Southside Christian; 3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 4. Calhoun County; 5. Batesburg-Leesville; 6. Allendale-Fairfax; 7. Andrews; 8. Chesterfield; 9. Christ Church; 10. Cheraw
Others receiving votes: Chesnee, Barnwell, Central, Saluda, Fox Creek, Silver Bluff, Ninety Six, Johnsonville
1. Lamar; 2. McBee; 3. Lake View; 4. C.E. Murray; 5. Cross; 6. Lewisville; 7. Wagener-Salley; 8. Williston-Elko; 9. Ridge Spring-Monetta; 10. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler
Others receiving votes: Hemingway, St. John's, Baptist Hill, McCormick, Green Sea-Floyds, Timmonsville
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Michael Christopher, Greenwood Index Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Chris Dearing, The State; Joe Hughes, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, The State; Lake Morris, Anderson Independent Mail; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill); Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News and Eric Russell, Aiken Standard.