We’ll have full recaps and multimedia coverage coming throughout the weekend, but here’s your first look at the high school football playoff action from around the Lowco on Friday night.
SCHSL FIRST ROUND
Beaufort High 45, West Florence 14: The Eagles opened the playoffs in impressive fashion, as Amariee Morris rushed for four TDs and Beaufort’s defense was dominant, forcing two punts from deep in Knights territory that resulted in safeties. Beaufort will host Myrtle Beach next Friday.
North Augusta 20, May River 13 (OT): The Sharks let a 13-0 lead slip away in the fourth quarter and couldn’t match the Yellowjackets’ score in overtime. Ahmad Green scored the lone touchdown for May River, and Jonah Comfort booted two field goals.
Whale Branch 52, Johnsonville 12: The sixth-ranked Warriors dominated every phase of the game from the outset to blow out the seventh-ranked Flashes and improve to 8-0. Joseph Hicks and Jadon Grant each scored two TDs, and the Whale Branch defense shut down the dangerous Flashes to earn a trip to Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the second round.
Hilton Head Christian Academy 63, Pee Dee Academy 14: The Eagles built a 35-0 halftime lead and coasted to a convincing win to remain undefeated and return to the SCISA 2A title game. Jace Blackshear threw three TDs, rushed for one, and returned an interception for a score, and Cameron Strickland caught two TD passes and added a pick-six for HHCA (11-0), which will face Carolina Academy next Saturday at Charleston Southern.
Thomas Heyward Academy 48, Dillon Christian 20: The Rebels got off to another hot start and rolled to their 11th consecutive win, earning a shot at a third consecutive state title. JR Patterson and Anthony Fripp each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and Peyton Bennett threw two TD passes for THA (11-1), which will face Robert E. Lee Academy next Saturday at Charleston Southern.