Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Ron Peduzzi and Thomas Heyward Academy’s Nic Shuford were busy this week preparing for their teams’ SCISA state championship games Saturday in Columbia, but that didn’t stop them from taking some time to help us break down the other teams’ matchups.
By sheer coincidence, Peduzzi’s HHCA team faced both of the SCISA 1A finalists — losing to THA but defeating Bethesda Academy — while Shuford’s Rebels split with the SCISA 2A finalists, beating HHCA but falling to Trinity-Byrnes.
Since they’re uniquely qualified, we asked the coaches to give us their keys to the day’s “other” game.
PEDUZZI’S KEYS FOR THA
Nic is going to have to stop the RB (Jaden Wright) and the QB (Antjuan McKay). It looks like he changed his offense to a power running game which he feels gives him a more ball-control style of play, and it seems to have worked. Playing them already will help THA. They can now make some defensive adjustments, because they know what works and what does not work. The teams are pretty even, I think. Maybe playing in the championship game last year gives THA the edge. I think that might be the key.
SHUFORD’S KEYS FOR HHCA
Who can come up with a big stop will determine the outcome, in my opinion. HHCA’s passing attack is something that could really give Trinity-Byrnes trouble. Trinity-Byrnes’ offense will be the best HHCA has seen all year, but I do think they’re susceptible defensively to the pass. I think it’s going to be a great, exciting game to watch. If HHCA can win the turnover battle, they win the game.
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