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Dutch Fork moving past emotional win over Fort Dorchester with sights set on second straight title

Irmo, SC - Tom Knotts and Dutch Fork knew they would probably see the team that defeated them on its home field again. It was just a matter of when.

The Silver Foxes (12-1) were beaten handedly 41-25 on September 1 by Fort Dorchester in a matchup that had the eyes of many around the state and nationally.

“All year our focus was on getting back at Fort Dorchester,” Knotts said. “We did what we said we were going to do.”

And that was get revenge. Dutch Fork shut down the Patriots’ high-powered offense with a 24-14 win on Friday to advance to the Class AAAAA state championship.

“It was a great win for our team, but now we’ve got to put it behind us,” Knotts said. “Hopefully we’ll bring that same intensity (on Saturday).”

Knotts and Dutch Fork seek their second straight championship when they take on Dorman (12-2) on December 2 at Williams-Brice Stadium. It is a matchup senior Bryce Thompson says they’ll be ready for.

“The Fort D game was obviously a big one for us, but this is really the big game,” Thompson said. “This week is all about locking in and focusing on doing what we have to do for a championship.”

Thompson has been electric for the Silver Foxes this season averaging over 160 all-purpose yards per game and 35 touchdowns. The defense has been just as dominant allowing just 230 yards per game.

“It all starts up front for us,” said senior linebacker Alex Smith, who leads Dutch Fork in sacks with 14. “Our defensive line has been a force all season, and we’ll need that again on Saturday.”

Kickoff between the Silver Foxes and Cavaliers is set for 12:00 p.m.

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