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Dorman High School

Gutshall proud of 14-1 record despite loss in finals


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Spartanburg – Even the most die-hard Dorman High football fan would have predicted the 2019 Cavaliers would have the type of season they had, winning their first 14 games before suffering a heart-breaking 34-31 overtime loss to Dutch Fork in the Class AAAAA state championship game.

Veteran head coach Dave Gutshall, who has 410 career coaching victories admitted surprise that his team managed 14 wins this season. But as proud as he is of his team, the sting of defeat is hard to forget.

“We made more mistakes in this game than we’ve made all season but Dutch Fork probably had a lot to do with that,” Gutshall said. “We figured it would be a barn burner and it ended up being that. I just hate that we lost.

 “We had our chance. We made some mistakes that you can’t make in a state championship. I am so proud of this football team. Remember, we lost 10 starters on offense. Most people figured we would be third or fourth in our own region and here we are 14-1 and we get into overtime of the state championship game. For us to go 14-0 and get back here is about as much as we could ask for.”

The Cavaliers made the finals with a first-year starting quarterback, senior Hayden Lee. It was the third consecutive year that Gutshall has had a first-year starter under center. Lee threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game and finished his season with 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Leading receiver Jayvon Cohen finished his season with 1,049 receiving yards on 46 catches. Kendall Norman was another key receiver while junior Chance Black and senior Rashad Durrah were the top ground gainers. Black, a top prospect for 2020, rushed for more than 1,100 yards while Durrah had 17 rushing touchdowns.

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

Along the front, Dreshun Dogan had 14 tackles for loss and six sacks.



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