HSFB: Week 4 Primer

It’s time for another football Friday in the Lowcountry with a full slate of games on tap.

There are a pair of battles of unbeaten teams, including the LowcoSports Game of the Week with May River at Hilton Head High and Beaufort High welcoming Wayne County (Ga.) for another big test.

Two more Lowco-on-Lowco matchups dot the schedule, as

Ridgeland-Hardeeville travels to Whale Branch and Hilton Head Prep visits Thomas Heyward.

If you’re headed to a game tonight, check out the ScoreStream app, where you can post score updates, photos, and even chat with other fans about the game. It’s pretty great — and it’s FREE.

My picks were 7-0 last week (blind squirrel, etc.) to improve me to 20-5 overall, but it’s high school football, and anything can happen.

LowcoSports.com Game of the Week

May River (3-0) at Hilton Head High (3-0)

Another week, another Lowco-on-Lowco matchup of undefeated teams. The Seahawks have dominated their first three opponents, but those teams have yet to win a game. The Sharks will mark a big step up in competition for Hilton Head High after posting an impressive 3-0 start of their own. The Seahawks have an explosive passing game led by reigning RBC Heritage Player of the Week Gaston Moore, who threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns last week, and should test the Sharks’ secondary. Hilton Head High’s defensive front has been excellent but will face its biggest test yet against a strong May River ground game running behind a physical offensive line.

Prediction: May River 23, Hilton Head High 20

Wayne County (2-0) at Beaufort High (3-0)

The Eagles take on the second of three consecutive Peach State opponents when they welcome familiar foe Ken Cribb (former Bluffton coach) to town. Beaufort continues to gain confidence and find ways to win close games, which certainly could come in handy tonight, because the Yellow Jackets undoubtedly will be the best team the Eagles have seen thus far. Beaufort’s defense will face its biggest test yet, as Cribb always has strong offenses.

Prediction: Wayne County 30, Beaufort High 24

Bluffton (1-2) at Hanahan (1-1)

After picking up their first win last week, the Bobcats return to their brutal non-region schedule with a trip to Hanahan (which will be followed by a home game against 4A No. 1 Hartsville and a trip to 5A No. 8 Sumter). The Hawks forced five turnovers and used a big fourth quarter to pull away from Woodland for a 37-12 win last week. The Bobcats put together their most balanced offensive performance yet in last week’s 35-12 win at Ridgeland-Hardeeville, but they’ll have a tough matchup in the trenches this week.

Prediction: Hanahan 27, Bluffton 23

Woodland (1-2) at Battery Creek (0-3)

The Dolphins haven’t played to their potential yet, on either side of the ball. The passing game has been effective with Jordan Gwyn throwing the ball to a couple of dangerous targets in Denarol Brown and Kyseem Jabar, but they need to get the ground game going and play better on defense. If they can limit the turnovers and avoid giving up big plays, their turnaround could start tonight.

Prediction: Battery Creek 21, Woodland 19

Ridgeland-Hardeeville (2-1) at Whale Branch (2-1)

The Jaguars and Warriors both look to get back on track after suffering their first defeats last week. Whale Branch coach Jerry Hatcher was disappointed in his offensive and defensive lines in last week’s 27-7 loss to May River, and they’ll have to be better against a Jaguars team that is also big up front. RHHS continues to move the ball well with a balanced offense but has to hold onto the ball after committing three turnovers in a 35-12 loss to Bluffton.

Prediction: Whale Branch 21, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 20

Hilton Head Prep (1-1) at Thomas Heyward (4-0)

The Dolphins have shown dramatic improvements from last year’s one-win team through two games, but now they face their toughest opponent yet. HHP quarterback Stone McDonald is off to a great start and has a lot of weapons at his disposal, and the Rebels have been somewhat susceptible to the pass, but THA’s offensive and defensive lines have been dominant, and their stable of running backs will be a lot for the Dolphins’ defense to handle.

Prediction: Thomas Heyward 41, Hilton Head Prep 23

Hilton Head Christian (0-2) at Bethesda Academy (2-0)

After a week off, the Eagles return to what has shaped up to a brutal start to the schedule. HHCA has been competitive in losses to state title contenders Thomas Heyward and Memorial Day, and now they face a Blazers team that has outscored its first two opponents 90-0. Bethesda’s offense leans heavily on the run, averaging 8.8 yards per attempt on the ground, while the Eagles have boasted a strong passing attack led by transfer quarterback Hayden Shinn, which is something the Blazers haven’t seen yet.

Prediction: Bethesda Academy 30, Hilton Head Christian 27

John Paul II (1-2) at Carolina Academy (2-0)

Winning by forfeit when St. Andrew’s declined to play overtime last week left the Golden Warriors with an empty feeling, but they can fill the hole with a road win tonight. Zack Doe, who rushed for 245 yards in last year’s 36-14 win over the Bobcats, will return to the lineup for JPII. The Golden Warriors should be able to move the ball but will have to take care of the ball and limit big plays on defense to pick up the road win.

Prediction: John Paul II 33, Carolina Academy 23

Richard Winn Academy (1-1) at Beaufort Academy (1-1)

The potential for offensive fireworks always runs high in 8-man football, but especially when two teams that combined to score 124 points last week square off. The Eagles were dominant on both sides of the ball in last week’s 58-0 win at Laurens Academy but will face an explosive Richard Winn team that is averaging 61.5 points per game. Richard Winn did give up over 600 yards of total offense in last week’s 68-66 loss to Faith/Ridge Christian, though, which bodes well for a BA offense that is loaded with playmakers.

Prediction: Beaufort Academy 54, Richard Winn 50

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