HSFB 2022: Lowco First Down, Week 1

Another week of high school football is in the books, and everyone in the Lowco has at least one game under their belts now. Here’s a look at all the action that took place around the Lowco on Friday.

It was a bit of a bumpy Friday night for the Lowco, as only four of “our” teams won games that didn’t come at the expense of another Lowco squad — and three of those came out of Hampton County, where Wade Hampton, Estill, and Patrick Henry are all 2-0.

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Battery Creek 39, Ridgeland 28

Damien Freeman bounced back after an early fumble near the goal line to rush for 186 yards and 3 TDs and lead the Dolphins past the Jaguars in the first game on the turf in Ridgeland’s renovated stadium. Hunter Smith returned at quarterback and opened the scoring on a 1-yard sneak, and Derrick Smalls added 168 all-purpose yards for the Dolphins, including a 90-yard kickoff return touchdowns to put Creek up 19-12 at halftime. Creek’s defense came up with some big plays, too, as Ty Emmert and Nycholas Underwood had interceptions and Daryl Blake recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Ridgeland’s Maurice Brown rushed for a touchdown and threw a pair of TD passes to David Munson and Wenson Smith, who also ran for a score. 

WEEK 2: Battery Creek (1-1) vs. Calhoun County; Ridgeland (0-2) at Whale Branch

BA 34, Hilton Head Prep 22

Jaxen Porter rushed for 124 yards and 3 TDs on 14 carries and recovered a fumble, and Devonte Green added 105 rushing yards on 14 attempts to help the Eagles run up a 31-6 halftime lead and hold off the Dolphins’ fourth-quarter surge. Zeke Gonzalez booted a pair of field goals, and Braydon Dineen threw a 54-yard TD pass to Te’Shaun Heyward, connecting with the Battery Creek transfer on a deep ball for the second straight game. Anders Askeland took an interception 45 yards to the house, Wyatt Harmer threw an 11-yard TD pass to AJ Barger, and Jason Braymiller added a late TD run for HHP.

WEEK 2: BA (2-0) vs. Greenwood Christian; Hilton Head Prep (0-2) idle

Claxton (Ga.) 29, HHIHS 18

The Seahawks waited out a lightning delay and sloshed through a wild game that saw three safeties before coming up short in the iconic Pecan Grove. HHIHS was hampered by five interceptions but found itself within 22-18 in the final minutes before a promising drive resulted in a pick-6 to seal it. The Seahawks’ defense gave an outstanding effort, allowing only one offensive touchdown, but two interception returns for TDs, a kick return TD, and two failed field goal attempts doomed them. Troy Timko picked up 52 yards and a TD on the ground for HHIHS, and Jackson Bibee and Riley McCracken connected for a TD. Jake Huggins had 10 catches for 125 yards, while Bibee was 11-of-18 for 112 yards with a TD and two interceptions and Owen Bayes went 9-for-22 for 100 yards with three picks.

WEEK 2: HHIHS (1-1) at Beaufort 

Fort Dorchester 21, Beaufort 6 

The Eagles went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 team in Class 5A for most of the night, pulling within 14-6 on Caleb Ulmer’s 1-yard run to cap an impressive drive late in the third quarter, but the Patriots were able to put away the pesky Eagles, who are ranked sixth in Class 3A. Highly-touted QB Zolten Osborne threw a 26-yard TD pass to D’Antre Ham in the first half and added a 1-yard TD run after a 43-yard strike to set it up. 

WEEK 2: Beaufort (0-1) vs. HHIHS

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Jenkins (Ga.) 34, Bluffton 21

The Bobcats took a 21-14 lead into the fourth quarter after Jaylin Linder hit quarterback Max Vonhohenstraeten for a 4-yard TD on a trick play, but the Warriors put together three straight scoring drives to grind the final seven minutes off the clock. Linder also took a short pass from Vonhohenstraeten and made a man miss before sprinting for a 55-yard TD, and Roderick Buxton added a TD run for the Bobcats.

WEEK 2: Bluffton (1-1) at Woodland

West Ashley 7, May River 3 

The Wildcats put together a sustained drive spanning the third and fourth quarters to produce the only touchdown of the night and edge the Sharks in a defensive struggle. The Sharks twice drove inside the 20 in the first half, but they had to settle for a Nathan Dalton field goal and took a sack on fourth-and-goal from the 6 before halftime to take a 3-0 lead into the break. 

WEEK 2: May River (0-2) idle 

Whale Branch 19, North Charleston 8 

Despite a dominant defensive effort, the Warriors found themselves trailing 8-7 at halftime before controlling the second half to win their season opener at home. Jakhi Pusha threw an 18-yard TD pass to Ja’Darius Garrett before Jaimaire Fuller picked him off at the 8-yard line and walked in to put the Cougars up at the break. Clifton Major and Mason Griffin added second-half TD runs for the Warriors, who overcame 15 penalties for 165 yards by holding North Charleston to negative-13 yards of total offense. Griffin had 55 yards and a TD on 10 carries, Major added 48 yards and a TD on seven carries, and Dayaun Brown had an interception for Whale Branch.

WEEK 2: Whale Branch (1-0) vs. Ridgeland

Estill 24, CA Johnson 8

Xaviar Garvin was 8-for-12 for 53 yards with two TDs and two INTs and added 43 yards on 10 carries, and Angelo Lewis added 42 yards and a TD on the ground to help the Gators improve to 2-0 on the road. James Dunham Jr. had two catches for 40 yards and a TD, Kavon Chisolm caught three passes for 39 yards and a TD, and Jamil Bobean rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries. Jai’shun Washington recovered a fumble for a touchdown and Chisolm had five tackles and two sacks to lead a strong defensive effort for Estill, while Demontay Mathis had a team-high six tackles and Matthew Russell added two tackles and an interception.

WEEK 2: Estill (2-0) vs. Wade Hampton

Bethesda Academy 40, John Paul II 24

The Golden Warriors led late in the first half, but three turnovers helped a dangerous Blazers team pull away after the break. Tony Hill scored a rushing touchdown and caught a TD pass from Christian Tilton, who rushed for 126 yards and a TD on 24 carries and was 6-for-10 for 58 yards with a TD and an interception while collecting seven tackles (one for loss) on defense. Sam Rembold had 16 tackles (three for loss) and Kohl Woodham added 11 tackles (one for loss) and forced and recovered a fumble.

WEEK 2: JPII (0-1) at St. Andrew’s

Wilson Hall 28, HHCA 7 

After going two seasons without a loss, the Eagles fell to 0-2 with a second straight road loss. Tucker Tevepaugh connected with Qayden Turner for a long touchdown for HHCA’s lone score, the second straight game with a TD reception for the hoops star. The score pulled HHCA within 14-7 at halftime, but the Barons were able to stifle the Eagles in the second half and pull away.

WEEK 2: HHCA (0-2) idle

Colleton Prep 42, Northwood 6

The Warhawks turned in another outstanding effort to improve to 2-0, dominating the Chargers in every facet of the game in a rout that saw a running clock in the second half. Cole Davis had another monster game at quarterback, going 6-for-11 for 168 yards with two TDs and adding 78 yards and two more scores in just 11 carries. Caden Crosby was his favorite target, snagging four balls for 108 yards and two TDs, and Caleb Davis added 87 yards on 16 carries. Hayden Williams got in on the scoring with a pick-6, while Gus Warren had 8.5 tackles and Noah Catterton added eight.

WEEK 2: Colleton Prep (2-0) vs. Branchville

Wade Hampton 49, Allendale-Fairfax 0 

The Red Devils gained 302 total yards and scored seven touchdowns on just 27 offensive plays, efficiently dismantling the Tigers to improve to 2-0. Chris Terry was 5-of-9 for 133 yards and four TDs and added 22 yards and a TD on two carries, and Zion Dobson broke a 77-yard TD run to finish with 88 yards on four attempts. Nigel Solomon added 52 yards on just three totes, and Cam Clackum was 7-for-7 on PATs. 

WEEK 2: Wade Hampton (2-0) at Estill 

Patrick Henry 6, St. John’s Christian 0

Playing their first 11-man season since 1999, the Patriots pitched their second straight shutout to start the season, blanking a traditionally tough Cavaliers squad. Offense was hard to come by, as both teams were stalled by penalties and turnovers, but PHA’s defense stood tall and forced two turnovers in the final minutes to preserve the shutout. Hugh Fairey rushed for 54 yards and the only TD of the game and was 8-of-13 for 52 yards, including a highlight catch by twin brother Forest Fairey to set up the lone score. Mikell Tucker Mathis led the dominant defensive effort with 11 tackles, while the secondary of Forest Fairey, Seth Garvin, and Liam Peeples combined for seven pass breakups to thwart SJCA’s deep passing game.

WEEK 2: Patrick Henry (2-0) at Lee Academy


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