HSFB 2023: Lowco First Down — Week 1

Week 1 was a fight to the finish … for the players and Team Lowco, which didn’t wrap up Lowco Pigskin Live until nearly 1:30 a.m. with Lowco founder Justin Jarrett recapping a frenzied finish in an overtime thriller between Ridgeland and Battery Creek and herding the cats with assistance from Lowco senior contributor Wes Kerr and WHHI-TV’s Marcus Walsh.

Wes gives his first-hand account from Beaufort-Fort Dorchester, Marcus breaks down Hilton Head Prep-Beaufort Academy, Jeffrey Strickland fills us in on Patrick Henry-St. John’s Christian, Sam Williams gives us the scoop on May River-West Ashley, Will White recaps HHCA-Wilson Hall, and we take a look back at our live interview with Whale Branch coach Jerry Hatcher and star KJ Chisholm just minutes after the Warriors 46-6 win went final on Thursday’s episode of the LowcoSports Lowdown Live.

Don’t have time for all that? All the scores from Week 1 are below with vital details to follow as we collect them. We’ll have more coverage coming over the next few days before we shift gears to Week 2, but here’s a glance at the 14 games played across the Lowco on Friday (and Thursday) night.

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Whale Branch 46, North Charleston 6

Darrell Cummings rushed for 132 yards and 2 TDs, including a 55-yard rumble, while KJ Chisholm added two TD runs and took a kickoff to the house.

WB (1-0) at Ridgeland (2-0) on Sept. 1

Ridgeland 33, Battery Creek 31 (OT)

Maurice Brown scored a rushing TD and added an 96-yard pick-6, and the Jaguars stopped the Dolphins on a two-point conversion attempt in OT to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2018.

RIDG (2-0) vs. Whale Branch (1-0) on Sept. 1BCHS (0-2) at Calhoun Co. (2-0) on Sept. 1

Fort Dorchester 34, Beaufort 17

Isaac Smalls had a big game and Jadyn Andrews broke a long TD run, but the Eagles ran out of steam in the fourth quarter against a second consecutive Class 5A foe.

BFT (0-2) at HHIHS on Sept. 1

Hilton Head 29, Claxton (GA) 12

Troy Timko racked up 234 rushing yards on 31 carries with 2 TDs and Shaikh Thompson and Connor Wiendl led another strong effort from the Seahawks’ defense.

HHIHS (2-0) vs. Beaufort (0-2) on Sept. 1

West Ashley 31, May River 7

Tanner Macy and Asa Haskins hooked up for a long TD pass to open the scoring, but the Wildcats’ power ground game wore down the Sharks and spoiled their debut on their new home turf.

MRHS (0-1) at Waccamaw (1-1) on Sept. 1

Jenkins (GA) 41, Bluffton 30

Jake Ridgway scored a pair of rushing TDs and Brandon Bryant returned a kickoff for a TD, but the Bobcats couldn’t stop the Warriors down the stretch.

BLUF (1-1) vs. Woodland on Sept. 1

Hampton Co. 41, Allendale-Fairfax 8

Zion Dobson rushed for 103 yards and 2 TDs and Chris Terry threw TD passes to Jordan Bovain, Xaviar Garvin, and Desmond Mathis.

HC (2-0) vs. Emerald (0-1) on Sept. 1

Beaufort Academy 28, Hilton Head Prep 0

The Dolphins’ defense kept it close for a half, but the Eagles’ powerful offense got on track in the second half with Jaxen Porter scoring two rushing TDs and Dietrich Shuford adding rushing and passing scores, and BA turned in another strong defensive effort.

BA (3-0) at Greenwood Christian on Sept. 8HHP (0-2) at St. Andrew’s (1-1) on Sept. 8

Patrick Henry 33, St. John’s Christian 6

Mikell Tucker Mathis rushed for 96 yards and 4 TDs and added a pick-6 and a fumble recovery along with nine tackles to lead an impressive performance from the Patriots.

PHA (2-0) vs. Lee Academy (1-0)

Wilson Hall 17, HHCA 10

Dylan Clark’s third-quarter rushing TD pulled the Eagles within range to finish the comeback, but the Barons’ defense stymied HHCA’s big for a game-winning drive to claim a key SCISA 3A contest.

HHCA (0-2) at Ben Lippen on Sept. 8

Northwood Academy 49, Colleton Prep 39

The Chargers racked up 350 passing yards to outlast the War Hawks in a shootout in Walterboro.

CPA (1-1) at Branchville

Bethesda 44, John Paul II 0

Christian Tilton left in the second quarter with an injury and the Golden Warriors couldn’t keep up with an explosive Blazers offense.

JPII (1-1) at St. Andrew’s on Sept. 1

Calhoun Academy 67, Cross 12

The Cavaliers rolled up 368 rushing yards with Colt Layton leading the way with 158 yards and 4 TDs. 

Cross (0-2) at Dorchester Academy

Holly Hill 51, Holy Trinity 6

The Raiders overwhelmed the Mighty Lions to run their winning streak to 37 games dating to 2019. 

HT (0-2) vs. Andrew Jackson Academy on Sept. 1

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