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Fox Creek High School
Aiken

Fox Creek looks to be competitive in new region

By Gerald Doolittle
Staff Writer

North Augusta - The Fox Creek High School Predators of Coach Derrick Quinn find themselves in perhaps the strongest Class AA region in South Carolina. The past two seasons the Predators competed in a basketball strong region with Columbia area schools.  In the current alignment the Predators find themselves in a region with established strong football programs.
This season and next the Predators are in the same region with Abbeville, Batesburg-Leesville, Ninety-Six, Saluda and Silver Bluff. All have won titles in football. Abbeville is the current AA Champions.
Last week, after a 3-1 start in non-region, the Predators opened region play dropping a 41-17 game to undefeated Ninety-Six. The next two region battles will be against Abbeville and Saluda.
During the non-region games the Predators rushing game was a balanced attack by Ryan Chavous (jr), Cam Mitchem (sr), Jatonious Butler (jr) and Darrius Curtis (sr). Chavous led the way with 172 yards and a touchdown. Mitchem followed with 162 yards and four touchdowns. Butler rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns. And Curtis tallied 144 yards for two touchdowns.
Mitchem from the quarterback slot completed 28 of 52 passes for 624 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Butler made 14 receptions for 266 yards and 5 touchdowns. Curtis, Chavous and Doug Hammond all had one Touchdown reception.
Errius Ishmal (sr) led the defense with 54 tackles of which 10 were for loss yardage. C. J. Tillman (jr) followed with 45 tackles of which 5 were for loss yardage. Jalen Jennings (sr) tallied 38 tackles with 3 were for loss yards. Chase Chriswell (sr) recorded 30 tackles.
The next tier of tackles came from Terreco Ramage (sr), Bobby Mays (sr), Brycen Ward (sr) and Jacob Johnson (sr) with 26, 24,22 and 20 tackles. Mays and Ramage had 9 and 8 for loss yardage.
Coach Quinn and staff hope they can fire up the Predators to play competitive games against Abbeville and Saluda the next two games and perhaps pull a few surprises to throw the region race into a hot contested battle.   Fox Creek, Batesburg-Leesville and Silver Bluff will work hard to gain a playoff spot.  
Abbeville, Ninety Six and Saluda appear to be fighting for the top spot and the rest fighting for the fourth playoff spot from the region.

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