Posted On: 11/26/20 12:17 AM

The two beasts are ready to have their day in the arena.

At 8-0, both Sumter and Dutch Fork have already proved their defenses are able to control games. Outside of one game each (not-so-coincidentally against the same opponent, Carolina Forest), the Gamecocks and Silver Foxes have crushed opposing teams with a mixture of power and schematic advantages. They’re ranked 1-2 in Class 5A in total points allowed and points-per-game, after all.

But at some point, scoring is going to determine whether Sumter can knock off the best team in the state or if Dutch Fork just keeps on rolling.

THE SUMTER STEAM ENGINE

Make no mistake about what Mark Barnes has done in the last few years at Sumter. He’s built the Gamecocks into the type of imposing bunch getting off the bus that can knock opposing teams down a peg or two before the opening kickoff even happens. This offense is all about balanced control, and Barnes knows it.

Quarterback Hayden Vazquez isn’t a gun-slinger. He completes 60 percent of his passes, has thrown for 1,182 yards and four touchdowns but also throws a pick or two here and there. That’s where Nathan Harris-WaynickNathanHarris-Waynick5'10" | RBSumter | 2021StateSC comes in.

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