Irmo defensive back Oka Emmonwari made plays all over the field for the Yellow Jackets during Friday’s 31-28 win over Spring Valley. The 5-10, 180-pound senior blocked an extra point, forced and recovered a fumble for a TD and delivered several bone-jarring hits throughout the course of the evening.
Irmo’s O.D. Dollison had a game to remember on Friday night against Spring Valley. The 5-10, 175-pound junior speedster rushed for 128 yards after moving to running back in the second half, scoring the Yellow Jackets’ final two touchdowns. his second — and most dramatic — score came on a game-winning, 22-yard TD reception on fourth down, enabling Irmo to defeat the Vikings on the road in the AAAAA-Region IV opener for both teams.
Irmo senior quarterback John Ragin led Irmo on an 80-yard drive in the final minutes, culminating in a 22-yard TD pass to O.D. Dollison with :14 left, enabling the Yellow Jackets to defeat Spring Valley 31-28 in the AAAAA-Region IV opener for both teams.
Irmo head coach Reggie Kennedy talks about his team’s last-minute 31-28 road win over Spring Valley on Friday night in the region opener for both teams. Irmo is now 4-2, while Spring Valley falls to 3-2 on the season.
Lexington senior J.R. Keasler, a 6-1, 230-pound NG, had 10 tackles and a key blocked punt in Friday’s season-opening 28-21 win over Irmo.
MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com talked with Irmo rising senior Shakem Bradley, a 5-10, 175-pound 2nd-year starter at tailback, at Sunday’s Media Day at the USC practice facility.
MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com talked with Irmo rising senior Zafir Kelly, a 6-1, 165-pound 3rd-year starter at cornerback, at Sunday’s Media Day at the USC practice facility.
Entering his third year as the head coach and AD at Irmo, Reggie Kennedy is quietly excited about a Yellow Jacket football team that is flying under the radar but just may be a big (and pleasant) surprise once the 2016 season gets underway. MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com talked with the veteran coach during high school Media Day at the USC indoor practice facility on Sunday.
Irmo basketball coach Tim Whipple had nothing but praise for his Yellow Jackets (24-5) after falling 57-50 to a highly-skilled, physically-gifted and well-coached Byrnes High team in the 4A state finals at Colonial Life Arena on Friday night. The championship game appearance was an unexpected finish for a team which unexpectedly lost guard Devontae Shuler, all-state as a sophomore last year, to transfer in late August and then opened the season with only three wins in its first six games. But after that 3-3 start, the Yellow Jackets were all but invincible, winning 21 of 22 games the rest of the way (undefeated since Dec. 28’s 53-49 road loss at Eastside) to earn the Lower State title and berth in the finals. The streak came to an end on Friday, however, as Byrnes (25-4) outscored Irmo 34-14 inside and ruled the boards with 42 rebounds to Irmo’s 21, including a whopping 20 on the offensive glass. With predictable dignity and class, Whipple praised the Rebels, giving the Upper State champs their…
It should be no surprise that the Irmo basketball team is playing in the 4A state semi-finals on Saturday against West Ashley at the Florence Civic Center. After all, it’s the fourth time in six years that the Yellow Jackets have made it this far in the playoffs. But when the uber-talented Davontae Shuler, currently rated as the #5 point guard in the southeast by ESPN.com, abruptly left Irmo and enrolled at perennial national power Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, VA) in early September after being one of S.C.’s top players as a sophomore, very few observers thought the Shuler-less Yellow Jackets would be state championship contenders come late February. But here they are. Again. The common denominator to the Irmo basketball team’s success over these past six years, or more precisely, the last 35 years, is Yellow Jackets’ Hall of Fame coach Tim Whipple. With five state championship rings and a career record of 697-259, including a remarkable 102-10 record over the past four seasons, Whipple’s resume confirms his…