Dutch Fork Prepares To Defend Its State Title

Dutch Fork high school football team hopes to repeat as state champs

Dutch Fork head football coach Tom Knotts hopes the streak continues.

The Silver Foxes put together a perfect 15-0 season in 2016 as they captured the Class 5A state championship.

But with someone who has nine career state titles, two at Dutch Fork, Knotts will do everything in his power to lead his team to another championship.

"You know, we've talked in the offseason some about starting are own streak," Knotts said.

"We've got 15 going. We want to get another streak going. We want to build a proud tradition here. The guys are working hard We're not accepting anything less than their best effort and we think we have the pieces to do it. We just have to put them together and see this thing gel together."

Knotts knows something about long winning streaks. He led Independence High School in Charlotte to six of its seven state championships from 2000-2006. Knotts was also the head coach for the majority of its 109-game winning streak 

Having Bryce Thompson back in the Dutch Fork program will help. The dynamic skill player was at Ben Lippen in 2016, helping the Falcons win their first ever state championship in football. Thompson is a Division I prospect who was a longtime Virginia Tech commit but has opened up his recruiting in the last few months and USC is an offer he is considering. He had hoped to have a decision by the end of this month, but that is unlikely. But his main focus is helping Dutch Fork win another state championship, which would also be Thompson's second consecutive year in which he has ended it with a win.

"I'm just glad to have a state championship under my belt" Thompson said.

"We have a real good structure around here. Practice is going great. We should have a good season this year."

Knotts said Thompson worked some at running back Friday because some of his running backs were away on a church retreat. Thompson could also see duty at quarterback in addition to his full-time role as a receiver. Knotts won't hesitate to put Thompson in at safety or cornerback.

"He can do anything," Knotts said.

"He's a jack of all trades and he's a good practice player too."

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