Each week throughout the high school football season, we’ll chase down the stats, check out the highlights, and round up our Players of the Week from around the Lowco, as well as an area Team of the Week and a preview of the upcoming Game of the Week in the Lowco Football Spotlight.
We picked the top Players of the Week, handed out a few Helmet Stickers for strong performances, and picked a Team of the Week for Week 4 and a Game of the Week we’re looking forward to in Week 5. It’s everything you need to know to get ready for another week of high school football in the Lowco.
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WEEK 4 RESULTS
Thomas Heyward 32, Hilton Head Prep 7
John Paul II 40, Memorial Day 6
Hilton Head Christian Academy 53, Orangeburg Prep 0
Oceanside Collegiate 31, Beaufort High 17
Thomson (Ga.) 48, May River 7
Wade Hampton 17, Bluffton 14 (OT)
Whale Branch 34, Military Magnet 0
Beaufort Academy 62, Northwood Academy 6
Dorchester Academy 25, Colleton Prep 6
Jenkins 28, Hilton Head High 6
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Jace Blackshear, HHCA: With an electric home crowd on hand to open the Eagles’ new stadium, Blackshear put on a show, rushing for 96 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries and completing 7-of-14 passes for 272 yards and two TDs.
• Devonte Green, BA: Green met little resistance against Northwood Academy, taking three of his six carries to the end zone and racking up 141 yards on the ground in the first half before handing it off to the reserves.
• Joseph Hicks, WB: The ridiculous numbers continue for Hicks, who made more tackles (2) and tackles for loss (1) Friday than he allowed … because he didn’t get tackled. The senior rushed three times for 155 yards and three TDs, scoring from 7, 63, and 85 yards.
• Peter Hughes, JPII: Hughes has been huge at linebacker for the Golden Warriors, and he was a dominant force in Friday’s win over Memorial Day, racking up 15 tackles, including three tackles for loss.
• Jaylen Sneed, HHIHS: The Seahawks didn’t get the win Saturday in Savannah, but you can’t fault Sneed’s monster effort. Not only did the Notre Dame commit rack up 16 tackles, a tackle for loss, and an interception, but he also took over at quarterback after Jackson Bibee’s knee injury and went 7-for-10 for 103 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
• DJ Aiken, BLHS: 7 tackles, 2 TFL
• Michael Carbone, JPII: 13 tackles, TFL
• Darrell Cummings, WB: 8 tackles, 2 TFL
• Loncelle Daley, HHP: 20-72 TD rushing; 4 tackles
• Cody Dalrymple, BA: 5 tackles, 50-yard INT-TD
• James Dennison, BHS: 11 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 QB pressures
• Evan Elliot, HHIHS: 4-89 TD receiving
• Anthony Fripp, THA: 8-137 2 TDs rushing
• Brandon Howard, THA: 10 tackles, TFL
• Kai’Shawn Jenkins, WB: 2-3 passing, 123 yards, 2 TDs
• Mark Knight, JPII: 2-76 2 TDs receiving; 2 INTs
• Zyrin Odom, BHS: 6-60 TD receiving
• Jackson Ogden, JPII: 11-104 2 TDs rushing
• Jaxen Porter, BA: 3-25 2 TDs rushing; 12-yard TD reception; 6 tackles
• Ray Pryor, WB: 75-yard TD catch; 4 tackles, 2 TFL
• Speedy Robinson, HHCA: 7-100 TD rushing; 4-131 TD receiving; 5 tackles, FR
• Reece Simonson, MRHS: 47-yard INT return
• Cameron VanGeison, THA: 13 tackles, 2 TFL
• Willie Webb, WB: 9 tackles, 2 TFL
• JaQuinn Williams, BLHS: 11 tackles (8 solo), 2 TFL, sack
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Hilton Head Christian Academy (3-0)
The Eagles opened their new on-campus stadium in Bluffton in style with a thoroughly impressive 53-0 win over Orangeburg Prep, which was expected to be one of HHCA’s biggest hurdles en route to another region title. Jace Blackshear was Jace Blackshear, which is to say he torched the Indians through the air and made plays with his legs before taking the second half off, and he has no shortage of weapons around him. Ridgeland-Hardeeville transfer Joseph “Speedy” Robinson is a game-changing player, and Jackson “Bulldog” Lanier gives max effort on every play and is the kind of vocal and emotional leader every championship team needs. The Eagles still have a long way to go, but their showing Friday cemented them as the favorite to repeat as SCISA 2A champs.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Baptist Hill (2-0) at Whale Branch (3-0)
This is the one the Warriors had circled at the start of the season, and you better believe the Bobcats did, too. Whale Branch walked away with the region title a year ago after a miraculous Hail Mary pass from Jaylen Reeves to Jakhi Pusha gave the Warriors a walk-off win at Baptist Hill, and it looks like this one will once again determine the Region 7-1A championship. We’ll find out quickly whether the Warriors have addressed the difficulties they had defending the pass in a wild 54-50 Week 0 win over Calhoun County, because Baptist Hill’s Harold Gathers likes to sling it. The Bobcats have feasted on big plays in the passing game with a trio of receivers who have at least two touchdown catches, and running back Ra’Shawn Murray is also an effective receiver, so Whale Branch’s secondary and linebackers will be put to the test. But the Warriors will have Joseph Hicks on their side, and the senior is averaging 17 yards per carry and a Lowco-best 147.3 per game on the ground, as well as a burgeoning passing game led by quarterback Kai’Shawn Jenkins. If you like offense, Seabrook is the place to be Friday night.
WEEK 5 SLATE
John Paul II at Pinewood Prep (Thursday)
Hilton Head High at Wade Hampton
Blythewood at May River
North Central at Battery Creek
Ridgeland-Hardeeville at Pelion
Baptist Hill at Whale Branch
Beaufort Academy at Thomas Heyward
Hilton Head Christian Academy at Colleton Prep
Hilton Head Prep at Bethesda Academy