HSFB: Week 6 Primer

It’s starting to get real, y’all. The Week 6 Lowco high school football schedule includes 11 games, six of which are region matchups.

That means the stakes are rising, as every region game has playoff implications and could end up determining who wins the region, who hosts a first-round game, or even who sits at home for the postseason.

May River and Thomas Heyward will both put their undefeated records on the line (but don’t expect them to be seriously challenged), and Whale Branch, John Paul II and Beaufort Academy all play high-stakes region games.

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 a remarkable 10-0 last week to improve me to 36-8 on the season, but I have to confess there are A LOT of games I consider toss-ups this week.


LOWCOSPORTS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK

Woodland (3-2, 0-0) at Whale Branch (4-1, 0-0)

We’re headed to Seabrook for the #LowcoGOTW as seventh-ranked Whale Branch opens region play against Woodland, which is receiving votes in the Class 2A poll. Every win will be huge in this murderer’s row of a region, and both teams come in riding high. The Warriors have won two straight since their loss at May River and are coming off a dominant 44-6 win at Philip Simmons. The Wolverines also have won two straight, including an impressive 38-14 win over Bishop England last week. The team that wins the turnover battle probably wins this one, as is often the case in an evenly-matched contest, and the Warriors have a talent for takeaways. It will also be an emotional night for the Warriors, who will celebrate Homecoming and honor classmate Kevin Morazan, the former school mascot who was killed in a car accident earlier this week.

Prediction: Whale Branch 33, Woodland 27


Beaufort High (3-2) at Valdosta (2-3)

Two teams looking to snap two-game losing streaks clash in south Georgia in a makeup of a game postponed by Hurricane Florence. Beaufort High has been overmatched in its past two games, losses to Wayne County (35-7) and Blythewood (42-6). Valdosta is a traditional power, but the Wildcats have lost two straight and allowed 119 points in those contests, including a 71-35 loss to rival Lowndes last week. Valdosta’s offense is fairly balanced and will provide a tough challenge for an Eagles defense that has struggled the past two games. Beaufort will need a big game from its offense to pick up a road win.

Prediction: Valdosta 37, Beaufort High 30


Hilton Head High (4-1) at New Hampstead (2-2)

The Seahawks got back on track in a big way with a 55-20 win over Christ Church last week, and the offense was impressive. The Phoenix have lost two straight by a combined 13 points, including a 31-27 loss at Brunswick last week. The one team that handled the Seahawks – and did so with ease – was May River, and New Hampstead is similar in that the Phoenix are big up front and balanced on offense with a mobile quarterback. It could be a tough night for a Hilton Head High defense that will again be without several key starters.

Prediction: New Hampstead 34, Hilton Head High 28


Richmond Hill (1-3) at Bluffton (2-3)

The Bobcats were beaten up 56-7 at Sumter last week, halting their two-game winning streak, and they’ll have a tough task trying to get back in the win column this week. The Wildcats have lost three in a row, but they’ve come against teams with a combined 13-2 record, including a 23-21 loss to undefeated Wayne County. Richmond Hill has had a revolving door at quarterback and has lost versatile star and Coastal Carolina commitment Aaron Bedgood to a season-ending injury.

Prediction: Bluffton 21, Richmond Hill 20


Lake Marion (2-3, 0-0) at May River (4-0, 0-0)

The Sharks put their undefeated record on the line for the first time in three weeks in their Region 7-3A opener, and they shouldn’t have any trouble staying unbeaten. After being shut out in three straight games, the Gators were able to grind out a 16-8 win over rival Cross last week, but they’ve scored a total of 50 points in five games, and they might need at least that many to win tonight. The Sharks’ powerful ground game should put this one away early.

Prediction: May River 55, Lake Marion 6


Battery Creek (0-5) at Creekside Christian (0-5)

We keep saying the turnaround is coming for Battery Creek, and it happens tonight. The Dolphins made big strides last week, hanging with defending region champion Wade Hampton for three quarters before things got out of hand in the fourth. The Cougars, a GISA 3A team from McDonough, Ga., have been outscored 207-69 in their five games.

Prediction: Battery Creek 37, Creekside Christian 27


Thomas Heyward (6-0, 1-0) at Northside Christian (0-4, 0-2)

This has been the case in several of Thomas Heyward’s games already this season, but the Rebels will win this one by as many as they want. Northside has been shut out three times in four games in its first season after moving up from 8-man football, including a 45-0 loss at Hilton Head Prep, which THA subsequently routed 62-6. The Rebels’ will continue their dominance.

Prediction: Thomas Heyward 60, Northside Christian 0


Hilton Head Christian (2-2, 0-0) at Northwood Academy (0-5, 0-0)

Another apparent mismatch in the SCISA ranks, as an Eagles team that has really hit its stride the past two games takes on the winless Chargers. Northwood has scored only 22 points in five games, and HHCA’s defense has been impressive in back-to-back wins. The Eagles’ passing game has been effective, but they might get the ground game going tonight against a Northwood team that has struggled to stop the run.

Prediction: Hilton Head Christian 41, Northwood Academy 14


Carolina Academy (3-1) at Hilton Head Prep (1-3)

The Dolphins came tantalizingly close to a huge region win over John Paul II last week, losing 32-29 on the last play of the game. Prep benefits from a great home-field advantage thanks to the early start times in Sea Pines, where there are no lights, and the Dolphins have a bunch of offensive weapons at quarterback Stone McDonald’s disposal. The big question is whether Prep’s defense can make enough stops to get the win.

Prediction: Hilton Head Prep 26, Carolina Academy 20


Orangeburg Prep (2-2, 0-0) at John Paul II (3-2, 1-0)

It’s too early to say this one will determine the region title, but it will put the winner in the driver’s seat, at least for now. The Golden Warriors have won three straight following an 0-2 start, though they needed a last-second miracle to escape with a 32-29 win at Hilton Head Prep last week. The Indians have lost back-to-back games against strong competition, including a 27-0 loss to Porter-Gaud last week. The Cyclones shredded Orangeburg Prep’s secondary, but the good news for the Golden Warriors is the Indians were gashed on the ground in their previous game, a 19-17 loss to Florence Christian.

Prediction: John Paul II 26, Orangeburg Prep 20


St. John’s Christian (3-1, 0-0) at Beaufort Academy (3-1, 1-0)

Both teams come in riding three-game winning streaks after losing their openers, and both have been piling up the points. The Cavaliers have scored 168 points in their past three games, while the Eagles have racked up 186 points in their three consecutive wins. Beaufort Academy running back De’Shaun Epps, a two-time RBC Heritage Player of the Week pick this season, will usually be the most dynamic player on the field, and the Eagles’ defense has shown it can slow down some high-powered offenses.

Prediction: Beaufort Academy 52, St. John’s Christian 34

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