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Sumter looks to complete second straight perfect regular season

By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor

Sumter looks to continue their undefeated season as they finish region play this Friday at Freddie Solomon Memorial Stadium Field where they will take on Irmo High School. 

The Gamecocks and the Yellow Jackets have only faced each other twice dating back to 2003. The Gamecocks being won both of those contests. The overall series record is 9-3-1 in Sumter’s favor. The most recent meeting between these two was last year when Sumter defeated Irmo 27-9. 

The Gamecocks are coming off of a game where they struggled on both sides of the ball but somehow figured out a way to win the game 30-28, improving to 8-0.

Sumter still sits at #5 in the 5A state rankings. Meanwhile the Yellow Jackets are fresh off of a nail-biting 14-7 loss to River Bluff, making their overall record 3-6. 

“We can’t underestimate any opponent, especially after last week. We have to play to our potential and not play down to other people’s potential. Just go out there and win,” said North Carolina commit Tylee Craft. “Coach Barnes is just making sure we focus more during practice so slip ups like last week don’t happen again.”

Sumter’s offense had scored 378 points through eight games so far this season. That’s an average of 47 points per game. Expect the Gamecock offense to put up points this Friday once again, even without their star running back Anthony Dinkins-McCall who is out for the year with an ACL and meniscus tear.

“We are fixing the confusion from last week. In practice we are focusing on the mental side,” said Senior Linebacker Donte Coleman. “If we stay with our assignments then I think we have a good chance to win and win big.” 

The Gamecock defense gave up 28 points on the road at Spring Valley last week. That’s the most they’ve given up in a game so far this year. The defense has still been remarkably good over the course of the season, only allowing 86 points through 8 games. That’s an average of only 11 points per game.

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