Well this is awkward. It’s Friday afternoon and we’re not talking about the football games about to be played tonight because we already got ‘em in and survived the storm that tried to spoil Week 6 of the high school football season.
Technically, Week 6 isn’t yet complete — Hilton Head Christian Academy plays at First Baptist on Monday — but most of the games are in the books, so here’s your quick glance at all the vital details in Lowco First Down.
Bluffton 35, Hilton Head High 32 (OT)
Luis Rojas booted a 27-yard field goal on the Bobcats’ first offensive play in overtime after a botched field goal attempt halted the Seahawks’ extra series to give Bluffton coach Hayden Gregory a thrilling win in his first Bridge Bowl. Backup quarterback Trace Hilaman threw three TD passes in relief of Max Vonhehenstraeten (shoulder) and Jaylin Linder and Michael Fritz each hauled in two TD passes for the Bobcats, who overcame a monster game from Hilton Head’s Troy Timko, who rushed for 226 yards and four TDs.
WEEK 7: BLUF (3-3, 1-0) vs. Lucy Beckham; HHIHS (2-4, 0-1) vs. Colleton Co.
May River 49, Lucy Beckham 14
The Sharks rolled up 461 rushing yards and dominated on defense to snap out of an offensive slump and open Region 7-4A play with an impressive home win. Tanner Macy rushed for 178 yards and two TDs on 14 carries and passed for 66 yards and two TDs, while Jaiden Jones added 184 yards and two TDs on 21 carries, and Darrion Perry tacked on 86 yards and a TD on just two carries.
WEEK 7: MRHS (2-4, 1-0) at James Island; LB (4-2, 0-1) at Bluffton
Beaufort 34, Philip Simmons 14
Kacy Fields had another monster game, rushing for 271 yards and four TDs on 26 carries — and he was named homecoming king — to lead the Eagles to an impressive win in their Region 8-3A opener. Fields has 874 yards and 11 TDs on the ground in three games since moving to running back. Samari Bonds was 7-of-9 passing for 101 yards and added 33 yards and a TD on three carries.
WEEK 7: BFT (5-1, 1-0) at Battery Creek (Sat.); PS (4-3, 0-1) idle
James Island 42, Colleton County 0
Liam Nixon threw TD passes to Wushi Ravenel and Marcus Adams, and Amor Scott rushed for 107 yards and a TD to lead the Trojans to a lopsided win to open Region 7-4A play. Walker Woodall had 13 tackles (2 TFL) to lead James Island’s defense, which stifled the Cougars and forced three turnovers.
WEEK 7: CCHS (1-5, 0-1) at HHIHS; JI (5-1, 1-0) vs. May River
Wade Hampton 55, Ridgeland 8
Chris Terry went 9-of-13 passing for 159 yards and three TDs, Zion Dobson rushed for 88 yards and a TD on 10 carries, and Nigel Solomon added a pair of TD runs as the Red Devils got their offense back on track to open region play. Hezekiah Abram caught four passes for 85 yards and a TD, and Mekhi Davis took both of his receptions to the house for Wade Hampton.
WEEK 7: WH (5-2, 1-0) at Edisto; RIDG (0-6, 0-1) vs. Woodland
Whale Branch 37, Bethune-Bowman 18
Freshman Jermon Bowers completed 4 of 5 passes and threw TDs to Keith Chisholm and JaDarius Garrett, and Chisholm and freshman Jayvion Harris added rushing TDs as the Warriors bounced back from last week’s loss at Battery Creek to open region play with a convincing win. Alonzo Allen had 11 tackles (2 TFL), Jakhi Pusha picked off two passes, and Chisholm and Jercurious Blocker each had an interception with Blocker returning his 40 yards for a touchdown.
WEEK 7: WB (4-2, 1-0) vs. Estill; B-B (1-5, 0-1) vs. Allendale-Fairfax
Estill 40, Bamberg-Ehrhardt 6
Xaviar Garvin rushed for 182 yards and two TDs on 13 carries and was 5-of-7 passing for 142 yards with two TD passes to Angelo Lewis to lead the Gators to a stunning blowout of the Red Raiders, the top-ranked team in Class 1A. Jamil Bobean added two rushing TDs for the Gators.
WEEK 7: EST (5-1, 1-0) at Whale Branch; B-E (4-2, 0-1) at Branchville
Battery Creek 40, North Charleston 24
After losing star running back Damien Freeman to injury in the first half and trailing 24-14 at halftime, the Dolphins rallied behind a resurgent defense and a yeomanlike effort from Jeremiah Mceachin to earn a key victory in their Region 8-3A opener. Mceachin rushed for 262 yards and three TDs on 32 carries, and Hunter Smith threw second-half TDs to Juju Gordon and Kendall McMillon, while Gordon and Ty Mitchell each had an interception on defense.
WEEK 7: BCHS (3-4, 1-0) vs. Beaufort (Sat.); NC (3-4, 0-1) vs. Hanahan
Beaufort Academy 48, Palmetto Christian 6
Jaxen Porter and Devonte Green each rushed for over 100 yards and scored three TDs in limited action and Zeke Gonzalez had a monster game on defense and special teams to lead the Eagles to a bounce-back win in their region opener. Porter rushed nine times for 116 yards and three TDs, while Green had six carries for 105 yards and two TDs and added a pick-6. Gonzalez picked off two passes and a scoop-and-score on Green’s forced fumble on a kickoff return.
WEEK 7: BA (4-1, 1-0) at Williamsburg; PCA (1-5, 0-1) vs. Thomas Sumter
Cardinal Newman 69, John Paul II 40
Christian Tilton put up another massive stat line with 241 rushing yards and three TDs and 152 yards on 6-of-16 passing with two more TDs, but it wasn’t enough for a Golden Warriors team that was ravaged by illness. Tony Hill took on a different role and led JPII with four catches for 138 yards and two TDs, and Bryant Jolley added a rushing TD, but the Golden Warriors couldn’t slow down the Cardinals.
WEEK 7: JPII (2-4) at Hilton Head Prep ; CN (3-3) idle
HHCA at First Baptist — ppd, 6:30 pm Monday
Colleton Prep at Greenwood Christian — CANC
Hilton Head Prep at Florence Christian — CANC
Dillon Christian at Thomas Heyward — CANC
Patrick Henry at The Kings Academy — CANC
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