2013-11-08 / Sports

Gaffney hopes for win; momentum for playoff run

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Beating a rival is nice, but having momentum heading into the playoffs is just as important.

The Indians can do both by beating Spartanburg today at Gibbs Stadium.

“We certainly want to go into the playoffs off a victory,” Gaffney coach Dan Jones said.

But it won’t be easy because the Vikings are showing signs of progress under first-year coach and former Byrnes head man Chris Miller.

The Vikings are 6-4 overall and 2-4 in region play. After a 5-0 start, they have lost four of their last five games, including this past week’s 56-42 loss at Mauldin.

“We haven’t done as well as we hoped,” Miller said. “But we keep working forward.”

The Vikings are led by a couple of talented sophomores, in quarterback Austin Scott and running back Tavien Feaster. Scott has completed 158 of his 275 throws for 2,056 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s thrown 12 interceptions.

Feaster, who has the size, balance and vision to become one of the Vikings’ all-time best “We certainly want backs, has rushed for 1,197 to go into the playoffs yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s off a victory.” averaging an outstanding 7.7 —Dan Jones yards a rush. He’s also dangerous in the passing game, leading the Vikings with 38 catches for 620 yards.

“Feaster is going to be special,” Jones said. “He’s their go-to guy.”

Senior Zack Kollack is another top receiving target

The Vikings are balanced on offense, averaging 208 yards on the ground and 155 yards through the air.

Gaffney (7-3, 5-1) is also capable of moving the ball on the ground and in the air, rushing for 215 yards a game and passing for 211 yards an outing.

The players most responsible for those gaudy numbers are quarterback Shaq Davidson and running back Hyleck Foster. Davidson has passed for 1,314 yards and rushed for 593 yards. Foster has accounted for 1,139 yards on the ground and 442 through the air.

Miller said stopping that duo is the key for the Vikings.

“The guys in the backfield make it happen,” Miller said. “It’s hard to stop both.”

Both teams are in the playoffs but their first-round matchups are still up in the air.

The Vikings need a win to improve their seeding. The Indians are guaranteed to open the playoffs at home. Their most likely first round opponent is Boiling Springs. But Dorman, Mauldin, Lexington and Fort Dorchester are still possible first-round matchups depending on tonight’s outcomes.

GAME CAPSULE

Gaffney vs. Spartanburg

TIME: 7:30 p.m.
COACHES: Gaffney Dan Jones; Spartanburg Chris
Miller
RECORDS: Gaffney 7-3, 5-1. Spartanburg 6-4, 4-2.
LAST MEETING: 2012 Gaffney 35, Spartanburg 18.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: GAFFNEY — QB Shaq Davidson, RB Hyleck Foster, LB Jaylen Sims and WR Eddie
Studyvance.
SPARTANBURG — QB Austin Scott, RB Tavien
Feaster and WR Zack Kollack.

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