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Sept 23 Week 5

River Bluff at Dorman

Tune in to the Greenville Tech High School Scoreboard to hear Jed Blackwell’s report on the Harrison’s USA Upstate Game of the Week for week 2.

Jed has picked the match up between Powdersville and Mauldin for his Week 2 Report.

Jed will join Stan Olenik on the Greenville Tech Scoreboard on Friday Night with his report and then see his game story here on Saturday Morning.

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Dorman 39 River Bluff 23

If Dorman’s offense was looking for a spark with D.J. Porter’s increased time behind center, Porter was happy to oblige.

The Cavaliers’ leading receiver stepped in to play QB in a few packages on Friday, and the results were explosive. Porter ran for 211 yards and had a 66-yard TD catch as the Cavaliers rolled past River Bluff 39-23.

“It’s just doing what I can do for my team,” Porter said. “It’s not what I’m thinking about it, it’s just what the team needs me to do. Nothing more and nothing less. I like that pressure. It motivates me.”

While the final might have made things look easy for the Cavaliers, Dorman struck first on Porter’s touchdown grab on a pretty ball from Hudson Talley. They put the game away with Porter’s 80-yard scamper following a River Bluff score  in the fourth quarter.

In the middle, though, the Gators often looked every bit of their No. 6 ranking, forcing Dorman mistakes, limiting what the Cavaliers did offensively, and running nearly twice as many plays. As the second half wore on, though, the Cavaliers’ strength up front and in the running game took over. Demarius Foster had 80 of his 115 rushing yards in the third quarter, with TD runs of 60 and 20 yards. Kendell Lewis had 33 yards on a fourth-quarter drive, including a 23-yard score. And then there was Porter’s mad dash, answering just one play after the Gators had cut Dorman’s lead to 10.

Dorman coach Dustin Curtis said the Cavaliers thought they could be successful in sticking with the run game. It paid off, to the tune of 371 yards on the ground.

“DJ Porter’s really good with the ball in his hands,” Curtis said. “So is Demarius, so is Kendell. And we’re so big up front, we know guys are going to stack the box and do their best to shut that down, but can they sustain it when we keep leaning on them? Porter gave us some reads, and we were able to take away the extra hat, and we really responded in the second half.”