May River’s season came to a stunning — and stinging — end Friday, as the Sharks lost 20-13 in overtime at North Augusta in the first round of the SCHSL Class 4A playoffs.
Here's your first look at the high school football playoff action from around the Lowco on Friday night.
For many teams, this is the end of the road, whether it comes in the form of a crushing playoff defeat or one last shot to claim bragging rights and end a highly unusual season on a high note.
The early signing period for sports other than football began Wednesday, and a number of student-athletes from around the Lowco made their college plans official by signing national letters of intent.
Hilton Head High’s girls came up one point short of a Class 4A cross country title on Thursday in Columbia, losing by the narrowest of margins to new Region 7-4A rival James Island at the SCHSL Cross Country Championships at Sandhill Research Center.
Beaufort High’s boys and Hilton Head High’s girls won their races, and three other boys teams and two additional girls teams from the Lowco also qualified for the SCHSL Class 4A Cross Country Championships at the state qualifying races Friday in Chapin.
It was a wild Friday night in the Lowco. We’ll have full recaps and multimedia throughout the weekend, but here’s your first look at the high school football action featuring Lowco area teams in SCHSL Week 6 and SCISA Week 10. SCHSL WEEK 6 Whale Branch 33, Battery Creek 21: Jaylen Reeves scored three rushing TDs and sealed the win with an interception to help the Warriors hold off a tough Dolphins team to remain undefeated. Carolina Forest 40, Beaufort High 20: The Eagles couldn’t slow down Panthers star Luke Janack, who rushed for three TDs to help send Beaufort High to its first loss in a non-region road game. May River at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, cancelled: The hits keep coming for the Sharks, who had last week’s game against Hilton Head High lost to COVID-19 and now had a valuable non-region road test wiped out when an electrical malfunction at the Bruins’ stadium sent the Sharks home early. SCISA WEEK 10 Hilton Head Christian Academy 49, Hilton Head Prep 0: The Eagles dominated on both sides of the ball to win the final cross-island clash between the rivals before HHCA moves to Bluffton and finish the regular season undefeated. Thomas Heyward 40, Greenwood Christian 13: The Rebels rolled up a quick 40-0 lead and handed it off to the reserves to coast to a ninth consecutive victory. John Paul II 33, Beaufort Academy 32: The Golden Warriors scored with 14 seconds left to take the lead, then stopped a successful Hail Mary short of the goal line to preserve the win, but BA will make the playoffs while JPII misses out in a three-way tiebreaker for the final two spots.
This is usually the time of year when we're crunching the numbers to figure out which matchups will determine who makes the playoffs or wins the region title, but in a high school football season unlike any other, we're gearing up for three non-region contests on the SCHSL Week 6 slate.
May River quarterback Ahmad Green was named Wednesday as one of five finalists for the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl’s South Carolina Mr. Football award, the top honor for a high school football player in the Palmetto State.
The May River girls golf team knew they had the talent to compete for a state title in their first season in Class 4A. They didn’t expect to do it with so little resistance.