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Dorman seeks perfect season in Class AAAAA title game Against Dutch Fork At High Noon

Dorman seeks perfect season in Class AAAAA title game Against Dutch Fork At High Noon 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

High School Sports Report

Columbia – Give Dorman football coach Dave Gutshall a group of young men who are selfless and play with great effort and the legendary mentor will probably put his unit in position to win a state championship.

The 2019 Cavaliers find themselves in that very scenario as they take on three-time defending state champion Dutch Fork in the Class AAAAA state finals on Saturday.

Expected to be a solid team this fall, few could have predicted the Cavaliers to be undefeated at 14-0 entering the finals. Not even their coach, who enters the championship game with 410 career coaching wins.

“We knew that this team was going to be different than last year’s team,” the coach said. “We graduated 10 off our offense, three signed Division I. We’re a little surprised that we’re 14-0, to be honest.”

Gutshall, who took over at Dorman in 1993 and has the Cavaliers in their seventh state championship game, leaned heavily on his defense this season and the unit has responded. Dorman has allowed just 133 points (9.5 per game), which is the third fewest points in his tenure.

“This is one of the fastest teams on offense and defense that we’ve had,” said Gutshall, who has two titles and four runner-up trophies. “We really have a bunch of no names on defense. They play well together and they give great effort. They fly around and they get in the right place. They have had a really special year.”

Senior middle linebacker Kade Bowyer is among the leaders of the defense. Bowyer leads the defense in tackles with 90 total hits, with 11 tackles for loss and three interceptions. Sophomore end Hudson Lee has 17 tackles for loss and five sacks among hi 58 total hits. Outside linebacker Bradley Davis has racked up 30 tackles for loss and seven sacks while K.C. Calwile has 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five blocked kicks.

Along the front, Dreshun Dogan has 14 tackles for loss and six sacks. Dorman, as a team, has 157 tackles for loss (472 yards) and 40 sacks (272 yards).

That defense will be challenged by a Dutch Fork offense that averages 46.3 points and 418 yards per game.

“We hope to not give up the big play,” Gutshall said. “I don’t think there’s any team in the state that can stop a Dutch Fork offense. If we can keep the ball in front of us and we’ll probably have to make some plays in the red zone. When you watch them play, (the quarterback) always gets the ball to the right guy. It’s a very impressive offense.”

Despite the inexperience offensively, Dorman’s offense has not missed a beat this season. In fact, the 608 points scored (43.4 per game) is the most scored by a Gutshall-coached team.

Senior quarterback Hayden Lee, a first-year starter, has thrown for 2,367 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.

“We call him Brett Favre because he hasn’t seen a throw yet that he didn’t feel he could make,” Gutshall says. “Sometimes it gets him in a little trouble but he is confident in his abilities and he has really stepped up for us. He runs well and he makes people miss. He keeps plays alive.”

Jayvon Cohen leads the receiving corps with 900 yards and eight touchdowns on 38 receptions. Kendall Norman has 27 catches for 464 yards and six scores.

Junior prospect Chance Black headlines the running game with 1,050 yards and 11 touchdowns on 153 carries. Rashad Durrah has scored 16 rushing touchdowns with 645 yards while Lee adds 344 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

Dorman and Dutch Fork met in the state finals in 2017 with Dutch Fork holding off a late two-point conversion attempt to win, 28-27. The teams also have played several times during the regular season and playoffs so there is plenty of familiarity between them.

“We feel like we know Dutch Fork, they are sort of a rival for us,” Gutshall said. “We have all the respect in the world for them. We know we have to play at a very high level to compete with them. Our kids are excited to be back and we are looking forward to Saturday.”


How They Got Here (14-0)

Wade Hampton   W 58-7

York                    W 52-0

Northwestern       W 41-14

Hillcrest               W 42-7

Boiling Springs    W 38-0

Spartanburg        W 56-7

Gaffney                W 34-10

Byrnes                 W 35-33

Mauldin               W 55-7

Riverside             W 38-0

Greenwood          W 35-0

Spring Valley       W 49-0

Clover                  W 45-42

Gaffney                W 30-6


Offensive Leaders


Chance Black – 153 att., 1,050 yards, 11 TD

Rashad Durrah – 116 att., 645 yards, 16 TD

Hayden Lee – 71 att., 344 yds, 8 TD


Hayden Lee – 208 att., 121 comp., 2,367 yards, 24 TD


Jayvon Cohen – 38 rec., 900 yards, 8 TD

Kendall Norman – 27 rec., 462 yds, 6 TD

Ty Lindsay – 16 rec., 264 yds, 2 TD


Defensive Leaders

Kade Bowyer -  90 tackles, 11 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 interceptions

Hudson Lee – 58 tackles, 17 TFL, 5 sacks

Bradley Davis – 57 tackles, 30 TFL, 7 sacks

K.C. Calwile – 52 tackles, 12 TFL, 7 sacks, 5 blkd kicks

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