From a trio of Lowco-on-Lowco clashes to a bevy of blowouts, Week 4 of the Lowco high school football season had a little of everything.
Bluffton’s first shutout since 2016, Kris Howell’s first win at Colleton County, and Beaufort’s comeback win at May River headlined the SCHSL slate, while HHCA, Thomas Heyward, and Colleton Prep all put up 50+ points in SCISA action.
We’ll have more in-depth coverage of select games, plus photo galleries and video coverage, coming throughout the weekend, and look out for Lowco ‘Lights on Monday’s WHHI News at 5 — or earlier for our Patreon members.
Here’s Week 4 at a glance, it’s Lowco First Down.
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Bluffton 38, Battery Creek 0
Max Vonhohenstraeten threw three TD passes, including two to star Jaylin Linder, and the Bobcats’ defense shut down Creek’s dangerous ground game in an impressive performance coming off a bye week. Brandon Bryant also snagged a TD pass, and Rod Buxton and Eitan Golfphin added TD runs for the Bobcats, while Jeremiah Curry and Donovan Loving-Howard had interceptions to help preserve the shutout.
Week 5: Bluffton (2-2) at Beaufort; Creek (1-4) vs. Whale Branch
Beaufort 13, May River 7
Kacy Fields rushed for more than 150 yards and scored two second-half touchdowns to propel the Eagles to a hard-fought road win in a defensive struggle. May River quarterback Tanner Macy rushed for more than 125 yards and capped the Sharks’ opening drive with a 12-yard TD run, but Beaufort blanked May River the rest of the way for its third straight win.
Week 5: Beaufort (3-1) vs. Bluffton; MRHS (1-3) vs. Cane Bay
HHIHS 27, Wade Hampton 13
Troy Timko rushed for 109 yards and three TDs, and Alex Ruckno and Chris Marable came up with big takeaways to highlight a stellar defensive effort from the Seahawks, who snapped a three-game skid and handed the the No. 5 team in Class 2A its first defeat of the season. Marable scooped up a fumble and rumbled for a touchdown and led the effort in holding star Zion Dobson to a season-low 21 rushing yards, though Dobson did score on the ground and snare a 36-yard TD pass from Chris Terry.
Week 5: HHIHS (2-3) idle; WH (4-1) vs. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Colleton County 19, North Charleston 12
Mykeem Gant passed for 200 yards and three TDs and added 52 yards on the ground to help the Cougars give Kris Howell his first win as head coach and snap an eight-game losing streak dating to the final game of the 2020 season. Gant tossed TD passes to Nick Williams, Cam Bryant, and Shawn Winfield, who snagged five passes for a team-high 90 yards, and Antwon McDaniels and Dwight Geathers each added 50+ yards on the ground.
Week 5: CCHS (1-3) vs. Woodland
Marlboro Co. 54, Ridgeland 0
The Jaguars were blanked on the road by a strong Bulldogs team that put up 28 points in the first quarter and led 48-0 at halftime. Ridgeland has a much-needed week off before opening Region 6-2A play.
Week 5: Ridgeland (0-5) idle
Whale Branch 53, Burke 12
Five different players scored touchdowns for the Warriors, who rolled up a 27-0 lead after one quarter and cruised to a blowout road win. Jakhi Pusha threw TD passes to JaDarius Garrett and Keith Chisholm, and Chisholm added a 78-yard kick return touchdown and an interception. Mason Griffin rushed for 78- yards and two TDs on just four carries, Pusha added 62 yards and a TD on two carries, and Talon Lee had a rushing TD to go with 15 tackles (2 solo) and a blocked punt.
Week 5: WB (3-1) at Battery Creek
Estill 24, Lee Central 16
Xaviar Garvin threw a TD pass and ran for another score as the Gators earned another hard-fought road win to round out an impressive run through the non-region slate. Jeremiah Sanders caused a safety on the opening kickoff and Estill took a 10-0 lead into halftime. Garvin connected with Kavon Chisolm for a touchdown pass, and Angelo Lewis took a kickoff to the house for the Gators.
Week 5: Estill (4-1) idle
HHCA 56, Northwood 6
Dylan Clark tossed four TD passes before giving way to backup Harry Cunningham, who threw three TDs of his own, as the Eagles had eight different players reach the end zone in a blowout victory at home. Clark connected with Isaiah Anderson, Gage Zatalokin, Chaz Brigstock, and Morgan Bedenbaugh for TD passes before calling it a night, and Cunningham found Jesse Hall, Dan Popolizio, and Harry Skinner for scoring strikes. Hoops star Qayden Turner had a 79-yard punt return TD for the Eagles and has scored a touchdown in each of his first four games.
Week 5: HHCA (2-2, 1-1) at Beaufort Academy
BA 43, Orangeburg Prep 14
The Eagles’ big three piled up 365 rushing yards behind a dominant offensive line, as Devonte Green rushed for 173 yards and three TDs on just nine carries, Jaxen Porter added 142 yards on 15 carries and caught a 34-yard TD pass, and Braydon Dineen continued to hurt defenses with his legs and his arm. Dineen rushed for 50 yards and completed 7 of 9 passes for 107 yards and two TDs, including a deep ball for Te’Shaun Heyward. Tripp Gregory, Zeke Gonzalez, and Alex Williams anchored the defense for BA.
Week 5: BA (3-0) vs. HHCA
Pinewood Prep 40, John Paul II 26
The Golden Warriors were within 21-20 at the half and within a score late, but they couldn’t come up with the scoring drive or stop they needed to close out a win on the road in their region opener. Reigning LowcoSports Player of the Week Christian Tilton had another big game on both sides of the ball, rushing for 111 yards and two TDs on 15 carries and completing 10-of-14 passes for 118 yards and a TD while contributing 11 tackles (one for loss) and two interceptions, one of which he took 77 yards to the house. Jackson Ogden caught nine passes for 110 yards and Sebastian Slusne anchored the defense with 11 tackles and two tackles for loss for JPII.
Week 5: JPII (2-2, 0-1) vs. Florence Christian
Colleton Prep 53, Andrew Jackson 22
Cole and Caleb Davis combined for 361 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in just one half of play as the War Hawks poured it on in the first half and emptied the bench after the break. Cole Davis racked up 214 yards and 4 TDs on nine carries, and twin brother Caleb added 147 yards and 3 TDs on 13 attempts, while Caden Crosby (6 tackles, INT), Gus Warren (7 tackles), and Walker Nettles (5 tackles) anchored the defense.
Week 5: CPA (5-0) vs. Spartanburg Christian
THA 50, Dorchester Academy 22
Dietrich Shuford threw a pair of TD passes to Tyshon Mansell and added a rushing score, Tony O’Banner scored twice on the ground, and Anthony Fripp and Nicholas Robinson each added rushing TDs to power the Rebels to a convincing win in a matchup of undefeated teams that was marred by ejections on both sides. The Raiders pulled with 28-16 early in the second half, but they had no answer for THA’s balanced offensive juggernaut.
Week 5: THA (4-0) vs. Andrew Jackson Academy
First Baptist 28, Hilton Head Prep 14
Loncelle Daley scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, but the Dolphins couldn’t muster enough offense to dig out of a 20-0 hole on the road. The Hurricanes led 13-0 at halftime and tacked on a score midway through the third quarter before HHP got on the board late in the third. First Baptist pushed the lead back to three scores with seven minutes left and the Dolphins answered with a scoring drive but ran out of time for a comeback.
Week 5: HHP (0-4) vs. Pee Dee Academy
Patrick Henry 44, Greenwood Christian 20
Mikell Tucker Mathis and William Hazel each went over 100 yards rushing and scored a TD, and Mathis tossed a TD pass to Liam Peoples to highlight the Patriots’ offense, while Forest Fairey snagged three interceptions and took one to the house to fuel an impressive road win for PHA. The Patriots were again without quarterback Hugh Fairey, but Mathis rushed for 109 yards and a TD and completed 6 of 9 passes for 85 yards and a score, Hazel added 121 yards and a TD on 21 carries, and both contributed to a solid defensive effort.
Week 5: PHA (3-2) vs. Clarendon Hall
Holy Trinity 44, Oakbrook Prep 34
Barnes Gooding racked up more than 200 yards receiving and caught three TD passes, and Ashton Stacks stepped in at quarterback after Banks Scarpa left with an injury as the Mighty Lions held off Oakbrook Prep for their second straight win. Scarpa, Everett Scandlen, and Levi Dyer also scored touchdowns, while Patrick Smith, Michael Smith, and Dyer anchored the defense and Gray Chumney recorded his second interception of the season.
Week 5: Holy Trinity (3-1) at Wardlaw Academy
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