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 7 and a Game of the Week we’re looking forward to in Week 8. 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 7 RESULTS
Hilton Head High 34, Colleton County 6
Beaufort High 16, James Island 0
May River 30, Bluffton 3
Hanahan 42, Battery Creek 14
Woodland 57, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 6
Thomas Sumter 47, Beaufort Academy 13
Hilton Head Prep 26, Orangeburg Prep 0
Hilton Head Christian 41, Bethesda Academy 8
John Paul II 56, Northwood Academy 0
Thomas Heyward 32, Colleton Prep 7
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Jace Blackshear, HHCA: The Eagles’ star quarterback was ultra-efficient Friday, going 7-for-9 through the air for 232 yards and 3 TDs and adding 98 yards and 2 TDs on just three carries.
• Joe Caprarola, BHS: The Eagles had a tough time finishing drives at James Island, but no worries, because Caprarola is as reliable as high school kickers come. He was 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 42, 35, and 21 yards, and connected on his only PAT.
• Garvin Douglas, MRHS: Douglas did it again Friday at Bluffton, as the Sharks’ senior QB racked up 237 yards and two TDs on 29 carries and went 6-of-11 through the air for 127 yards with a TD and an interception. He’s averaging 167.4 rushing yards per game.
• Anthony Fripp, THA: The Rebels ripped through a solid Colleton Prep defense on Friday, and Fripp did the bulk of the damage. He piled up 149 rushing yards on just 12 carries and scored fourth rushing TD of the season.
• Chase McCracken, HHIHS: McCracken helped the Seahawks’ offense get rolling in the second half against Colleton County and finished with his biggest game thus far, totaling 193 yards on 28 carries with 2 TDs in a big home win.
• Jaeon Allen, MRHS: 8-70 rushing; 1-71, TD receiving
• Ben Atkins, HHCA: 8 tackles, 2 sacks
• AJ Barger, HHP: 4-52, TD receiving; 5-25 rushing; 1 tackle, INT
• Tyquan Calloway, MRHS: 4 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 PBUs
• Michael Carbone, JPII: 10 tackles, 2 TFL; 1-3, TD rushing
• Loncelle Daley, HHP: 29-204 rushing
• James Dennison, BHS: 6 tackles, PBU, INT
• Jeremiah Dilbert, BCHS: 25-190, 2 TDs rushing
• Braydon Dineen, BA: 5-43 rushing; 2-7 passing, 36 yards, TD; 7 tackles, INT
• Peter Hughes, JPII: 5-53, 2 TDs rushing; 7 tackles
• Jaiden Jones, MRHS: 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks
• Mark Knight, JPII: 1-60, TD rushing; 2-51, TD receiving
• Matthew Larkby, HHIHS: 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, FF, FR
• Kendall McMillon, BCHS: 6 tackles, TFL
• Tony O’Banner, THA: 14-103, TD rushing
• Jaxen Porter, BA: 15-161, TD rushing; 1-7 receiving; 6 tackles, TFL
• Keane Reese, HHCA: 7 tackles, sack
• Joseph Robinson, HHCA: 2-102, TD receiving
• Jake Rodney-Brown, HHP: 5-32, TD rushing; 11-yard TD reception; 5 tackles, TFL, 2 sacks, safety
• Jaylen Sneed, HHIHS: 14-106, 2 TDs rushing; 5 tackles, blocked kick
• Jack Sumner, BHS: 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 QB pressures
• Christian Tilton, JPII: 5-106, 2 TDs rushing; 4-4 passing, 56 yards, 2 TDs
• Caleb Ulmer, BHS: 21-107 rushing
• Jackie White, CCHS: 78 yards rushing; TD pass
• German Zelaya, HHP: 6 tackles, 2 sacks
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Hilton Head Prep Dolphins (5-2, 1-1)
The Dolphins started their season with just 20 players on the roster, and they’ve seen key contributors on both sides of the ball lost for the season to injuries, but they continue to put together their best season in recent memory. A hard-nosed defense has led the charge and posted its third shutout of the season in a huge region road win at Orangeburg Prep on Friday. Transfers Jake Rodney-Brown, AJ Barger, and Sean Graham have grown into leadership roles on defense and are taking on more on the other side of the ball, and Loncelle Daley is a workhorse back who can break a big one on every play. Even with their already thin numbers dwindling, the Dolphins have shown the kind of heart that will make them a tough out in the playoffs.
GAME OF THE WEEK
May River (5-2, 2-0) at Beaufort High (6-1, 2-0)
Every once in a while, the crazy world of high school football works out the way you expect. The matchup that is growing into a perennial clash for the Region 7-4A title was circled on plenty of calendars before the season, and May River’s trip across the Broad to Beaufort High on Friday is going to be just as big as we anticipated. The Eagles are the two-time defending region champions, so they have to be considered the favorites — especially at home — but the Sharks have been up to the task against some quality competition this season. Two dynamic senior quarterbacks going head to head with terrific defenses with a region championship on the line? Yes, please.
WEEK 8 SLATE
Northwood Academy at Hilton Head Prep, 4 p.m.
Hilton Head Christian at John Paul II, 7 p.m.
Bluffton at Hilton Head High, 7:30 p.m.
May River at Beaufort High, 7:30 p.m.
James Island at Colleton County, 7:30 p.m.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville at Burke, 7:30 p.m.
Orangeburg Prep at Beaufort Academy, 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s Christian at Thomas Heyward, 7:30 p.m.
Colleton Prep at Calhoun Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Whale Branch at Estill, 7:30 p.m.
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