It was another wet and wild Friday night in the Lowco, and the big winners were the coaching staffs who invested in rain gear in the offseason — in addition to HHCA and May River picking up much-needed dubs, Beaufort blanking a 5A opponent, Thomas Heyward and Wade Hampton staying unbeaten, and Estill and John Paul II earning big wins.
Unfortunately, three games on the Week 3 slate were scrapped, as Cross forfeited to Colleton Prep, Greenwood Christian pulled out of its game at Beaufort Academy, and Whale Branch forfeited to Baptist Hill after an incident at the school Friday in which a loaded handgun was found in a student’s locker.
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Here’s Week 3 at a glance, it’s Lowco First Down.
St. Andrew’s 31, Hilton Head Prep 19
Zayden Edwards rushed for two touchdowns and hit his brother Zyere Edwards for a spectacular one-handed TD grab as the Lions overcame a big game from Dolphins star AJ Barger to pick up their first win Thursday in Sea Pines. Barger rushed for 32 yards and a TD, had two receptions for 60 yards, completed 3 of 5 passes for 25 yards, scored on an 80-yard punt return, and added nine solo tackles, two interceptions, and a pass breakup on defense.
WEEK 4: Hilton Head Prep (0-3) at First Baptist (1-2)
HHCA 15, Ben Lippen 9
Dylan Clark rushed for 93 yards and threw TD passes to Qayden Turner and Morgan Bedenbaugh and the Eagles’ defense turned in a stellar outing on a sloppy field to give HHCA its first victory of the season. Tucker Tevepaugh kept HHCA in good field position, averaging 46 yards per kick, and added eight tackles and an interception on defense, and Matt Scarpa blocked a punt for a safety for the Eagles.
WEEK 4: HHCA (1-2) vs. Northwood (0-4)
May River 43, Ridgeland 0
With two-way standout Darrion Perry sidelined, Jaiden Jones carried the load in the backfield and rushed for four first-half touchdowns as the Sharks scored on every offensive possession and stymied the Jaguars all night to earn their first win of the season in blowout fashion. Jordan Williams and Garrett Diemel added touchdown runs in the second half for May River.
WEEK 4: May River (1-2) vs. Beaufort (2-1)
Beaufort 6, Goose Creek 0
Colton Phares booted field goals of 24 and 35 yards and helped anchor a dominant defensive effort as the Eagles blanked the Gators on a soggy night on Lady’s Island. Phares connected on a pair of field goals in the first quarter, and that proved to be enough for a nasty Beaufort defense, which came up with a fourth-down stop inside the 5 before halftime and sealed it with a Carter Bowersox interception in the final two minutes.
WEEK 4: Beaufort (2-1) at May River (1-2)
John Paul II 42, Memorial Day 7
Quarterback Christian Tilton rushed for 222 yards and two TDs, threw a TD pass, and returned a free kick following a safety for a score to lead the Golden Warriors to a lopsided road win despite playing without star running back Jackson Ogden (ankle). Bryant Jolley, Alex Mercer, and Javi Jimenez each scored their first career TDs for JPII, and Kohl Woodham (6 tackles) and Sam Rembold (5 tackles) anchored the defense, while Sebastian Slusne blocked a punt for a safety and recovered a fumble and Dante Aiken and Dan Snyder each secured interceptions.
WEEK 4: John Paul II (2-1) at Pinewood Prep (1-3)
Wilson 43, Hilton Head 7
Tremel Echols threw four TD passes, including three to Zandae Butler, and Javion Waiters hauled in a touchdown grab and returned a kickoff for a touchdown as the Tigers’ bevy of talented skill position player overwhelmed the Seahawks. Owen Bayes and Jake Huggins connected on a 55-yard TD pass in the third quarter for the Seahawks’ only score.
WEEK 4: HHIHS (1-3) vs. Wade Hampton (4-0)
Savannah Christian 49, Battery Creek 6
The Dolphins couldn’t slow down the Raiders’ juggernaut offense, as Paulus Zittrauer was 11-of-14 passing for 164 yards and four TDs and Zo Smalls added a touchdown run. Battery Creek’s lone score came on a kickoff return TD from Hunter Hollingsworth. Bluffton’s Logan Brooking had eight tackles, two sacks, and three receptions for 56 yards for Savannah Christian.
WEEK 4: Battery Creek (1-3) at Bluffton (1-2)
Thomas Heyward 20, St. John’s Christian 15
Dietrich Shuford scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Tyshon Mansell gave the Rebels the lead with a punt return touchdown in the third quarter as the four-time defending SCISA 1A champs survived a challenge from the Cavaliers in their home opener. Hayden Redders scored a pair of rushing TDs and added a two-point conversion for SJCA.
WEEK 4: Thomas Heyward (3-0) at Dorchester Academy (4-0)
Wade Hampton 24, CA Johnson 16
Zion Dobson continued his monster junior season with 155 rushing yards and two TDs, Ja’Leo Williams added a touchdown run, and Cameron Clackum booted a 40-yard field goal to stake the Red Devils to a 24-0 lead through three quarters, and they held off a fourth-quarter charge from the Hornets to remain unbeaten.
WEEK 4: Wade Hampton (4-0) at HHIHS (1-3)
Estill 28, Edisto 0
Quarterback Xaviar Garvin rushed for 168 yards and three TDs on just nine carries and completed 7 of 9 passes for 63 yards, and Jamil Bobean added 102 yards and a TD on the ground to complement a dominant defensive showing from the Gators. Zedikiyah Raymond and Demontay Mathis each had two sacks and Trenton Robinson recovered a fumble to help Estill maintain the shutout.
WEEK 4: Estill (3-1) at Lee Central (1-2)
Calhoun Academy 22, Patrick Henry Academy 8
The Patriots took an 8-7 lead into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hang on, hampered by numerous turnovers in wet conditions. With quarterback Hugh Fairey out with an injury, twin brother Forest Fairey stepped in under center and scored on a 12-yard TD run, and William Hazel recorded safety after punter Mikell Tucker Mathis pinned the Cavaliers at the 1.
WEEK 4: Patrick Henry (2-2) at Greenwood Christian (1-2)
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