High school football

Area football coaches see something to build on in Lowcountry Jamboree

August 11, 2011 

Beaufort High School football coach Mark Clifford wasn't sure what to make of his team's effort Wednesday. He seldom does that soon after scrimmages.

But the value in live practices like Wednesday's Lowcountry Jamboree is in the film. Clifford will know more when the Eagles next take the practice field. The goal, he said, was to improve by the time the Eagles take the field for another scrimmage with Bluffton on Friday.

The host Eagles defeated Ridgeland 16-0 in two periods at Eagle Field. The scrimmages provided teams a chance to work on specifics and work out kinks. Whale Branch defeated Hilton Head High and Battery Creek. Hilton Head High topped the Dolphins during the next period.

Beaufort High and Ridgeland closed the night with two sessions.

"We're not good enough at a lot of spots," Clifford said. "That's what practice is about. That's why we've been so successful in the past. Our coaching staff does a great job with practice."

Whale Branch worked in new quarterback Brandon Morton, who is expected to start in place of Stedmon James. James injured his knee and could be out until midway through the season, Warriors coach Rob D'Amato said.

Hilton Head High coach Tim Singleton said he was pleased with his team's explosiveness. Battery Creek coach Jim Shuman said he liked the Dolphins' attitude.

Ridgeland coach Richard Kirkland was not pleased with his team's effort on offense but found several bright spots for the Jaguars' defensively.

BATTERY CREEK

Results: Lost to Whale Branch, 18-0; Lost to Hilton Head High 21-8

Key plays: Teyvon Jenette 49-yard touchdown run

Offensive standout: Leroy Jenette showed he is picking up coach Jim Shuman's option after running a spread scheme last year.

Defensive standout: Javon Livingston has impressed at middle linebacker. He switched from outside before the season and has adjusted well, Shuman said.

Burning question: The Dolphins need depth on the lines to keep them fresh. Shuman said he hoped to add more players to fill out the junior varsity squad.

BEAUFORT HIGH

Results: Defeated Ridgeland, 16-0, two periods

Key plays: Alex Gregory 8-yard TD pass to D'Vonta Cohen, JaClay Mixon 6-yard fumble return for TD, Mitchell Stewart 26 FG

Offensive standout: Coach Mark Clifford said Gregory looked sharper than he did the previous scrimmage against Berkeley. Gregory tossed a touchdown pass and connected with Jordan Broussard for a 52-yard gain.

Defensive standout: JaClay Mixon returned a fumble for a touchdown, also played running back and fielded punts for the Eagles. Clifford said he would be one of several Eagles playing both ways this fall.

Burning question: Clifford said the offensive line has come a long way, but that there are still questions to address. The unit was also a question last year and finished as one of the team's strengths.

HILTON HEAD HIGH

Results: Lost to Whale Branch 6-0, def. Battery Creek 21-8

Key plays: Michael Julian 70-yard TD pass to Jamarcus Moradel, Julian 34-yard TD pass to Kevin Champen, Julian 33-yard TD pass to Adam Orischak.

Offensive standout: After stumbling in the first scrimmage with Whale Branch, Julian bounced back strong against the Dolphins. Seahawks coach Tim Singleton said his quarterback made better decisions the second period.

Defensive standout: "The whole defense," Singleton said. "We came together as one. We had seven or eight hats around the ball at all times."

Burning question: Singleton said questions surround the offensive line. He would like more depth and to find a solid rotation before the season.

RIDGELAND

Results: Lost to Beaufort High, 16-0

Key plays: The Jaguars defense came up with a big fourth-down stop in the second period to keep the score manageable.

Offensive standout: "Nobody played well offensively," coach Richard Kirkland said.

Defensive standout: Wesley Scott forced his way into the Eagles' backfield on more than one occassion

Burning question: The offensive line. Kirkland wasn't pleased with the Jaguars' running game Wednesday and said the line had some missing links.

WHALE BRANCH

Results: Def. Hilton Head High 6-0, def. Battery Creek 18-0

Key plays: Andre Watson 70-yard TD run, Josh Fields 63-yard TD run, Fields 25-yard touchdown run, John Little 1-yard TD run

Offensive standout: Josh Fields again proved to be one of the Warriors most dynamic playmakerks, scoring the first two times he touched the ball against Battery Creek.

Defensive standout: Chavonne Simmons position himself well in the secondary. He intercepted three passes in the two scrimmages.

Burning question: Warriors coach Rob D'Amato and his staff stressed hard work throughout the offseason, with some slight changes to the offensive system. He wants to know whether the extra work paid off.

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