Defensive back D’Angelo Knight made two interceptions and threw a touchdown pass to help Fort Dorchester roll to a 66-24 victory over Spring Valley during the third round of the Class AAAAA high school football playoffs.
Fort Dorchester (13-0) advances to face Dutch Fork (12-1), a winner over Summerville, in the Lower State title game on Nov. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Dutch Fork.
“Our kids got after it so I’m proud of them,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “Going in I said we need to get some turnovers and we did. We got them behind the sticks a couple of times where they had to throw and that is what we want. Our defense played great. It’s hard to prepare for an option team in four days, so our defensive staff did a fantastic job. They are a really good football team, we were just able to jump on them early.”
Spring Valley (11-2) ends its season with losses to only Dutch Fork and Fort Dorchester.
The Patriots turned both of Knight’s picks plus an interception by Darryle Ware and three fumble recoveries into scores. Defensive end D.J. Evans had two of the fumble recoveries and linebacker Johnathan Parker had the other.
All the Fort offense did was score nine touchdowns, nine extra-points and put a 37-yard field goal off the foot of Stephen Herron through the uprights.
As usual, quarterback Dakereon Joyner led the way on that side of the ball. Joyner scored on runs of 63 and 8 yards to lift the Patriots to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
The University of South Carolina commit also threw two touchdown passes and caught the 13-yard touchdown throw from Knight as the Patriots built a 59-8 lead in the second and third quarters. Joyner connected with Antwain Watson for an 18-yard TD pass and with Justin Williams for a 44-yard touchdown pass.
The Patriots other touchdowns came on a 54-yard punt return by Raquan Simmons, a 10-yard run by Kalil Jenkins, an 8-yard run by Drew Parker and a 2-yard run by Trent Watson.
Spring Valley scored its first touchdown midway through the third quarter when QB Quincey Hill hit Zach Williams with a 13-yard touchdown pass. Hill threw to Anthony Wilson for the two-point conversion. Early in the fourth quarter, Hill found the end zone on a 7-yard run. The Vikings’ final score came with 8 seconds remaining when Wilson ran for a 3-yard TD.
Fort Dorchester defeated Dutch Fork 41-25 in early September. However, Dutch Fork is the team that eliminated the Patriots from the 2016 playoffs and the defending AAAAA state champion. The Patriots are the top-ranked team in the classification.