By Justin Jarrett | LowcoSports@gmail.com
High school football season ended earlier than usual in the Lowcountry this year, with no local teams advancing past the second round of the state playoffs, but you get another opportunity to fulfill your football fix this weekend.
The Hilton Head Sharks will host the Carolina Recon at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Head Christian Academy in the first round of the USFA National Bowl Weekend tournament. Tickets are $7 for adults and children ages 12 and under are admitted free.
The Sharks not only are looking for fans to come out and support them – they also hope the exposure of hosting a tournament game will lead more players to join the team. The roster currently has about 40 players, but because of players’ other commitments, they’re always looking to add depth.
“At this level you’ve got to kind of take it as you can get it,” said Daryle Mitchell, one of the program’s co-founders and starting tailback. “Guys have lives and families, but we usually get a little over 20 to every practice.”
Mitchell and his twin brother, Renaldo, founded the program in 2011 as a non-profit organization to give former high school football players like themselves an opportunity to keep playing. The team competes in the Independent American Football League in the spring, as well as regional tournaments throughout the year.
“We just want the community to know that there’s another outlet for football,” Mitchell said. “We’re giving an opportunity to the local players who might not go to college or they’re done with college and looking for something to do. We just want to entertain the community and help out any way we can.”