No matter how their teams fare in the upcoming SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs, four area seniors will have the chance to extend their high school football careers until late November, when the quartet will represent South Carolina in the Oasis All-Star Shrine Game.
The all-star game pitting the top players at private schools in South Carolina against their counterparts from North Carolina will be played at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Charlotte Country Day School.
Hilton Head Prep lineman Dylan Powell (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) was named to the 36-player South Carolina squad, along with a trio of Hilton Head Christian Academy players -- linemen Kyle Weaver (6-1, 280) and Cole Malphrus (6-2, 245) and wide receiver Alex Martin (6-0, 175).
MARTIN SETS TWO MORE SCHOOL MARKS
Hilton Head Christian senior Alex Martin set two more school receiving records Friday, surpassing Zac Lenns' school record for receptions (96) and Jonathan Gort's mark for receiving yards (1,836) to add to his school record for touchdown receptions.
Martin had six catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 35-26 win at Thomas Heyward, giving him 101 catches for 1,850 yards and 29 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Eagles.
DOLPHINS SENIORS FIGHT TO END
After Leroy Jennette's final Battery Creek home game, coach Jim Shuman didn't let his senior immediately leave the field.
"You did a lot of great things," Shuman told his quarterback. "It's a pleasure to be around you every day."
For Jennette and the rest of the Battery Creek seniors, who close the season this week at Lake Marion, Friday's homecoming loss to Hilton Head High wasn't the ideal send-off. But Shuman says the group has set the tone for future years at Battery Creek by not giving up on a tough season.
The Dolphins found themselves down early in the fourth quarter, but behind Jennette, they rallied. The quarterback delivered what might have been the most memorable play of his senior season when he bulled forward for a 20-yard gain, perhaps the last 10 with Seahawks defenders in tow.
Battery Creek scored its first touchdown the next play. Jennette didn't have a great night passing, but he later tossed a fourth-down touchdown pass to Darrell Douglas. His ability to run the ball up the middle later opened the pitch to running back Jayron Sneed, who rushed for more than 100 yards.
"Leroy is the heart of our team when it comes to our offense," Shuman said. "He's a quiet young man, but he's an outstanding leader."
The Dolphins scored 20 unanswered points before Hilton Head High put the game away. The loss was their eighth in a row, but Shuman was proud of what he saw from the seniors at Dolphin Field.
"It's hard to put in words how much they mean to our team," he said.
FACEBOOK FAN VOTE
Last week, JaClay Mixon became the first Beaufort High School player to top the fan voting for our high school football player of the week. Will a public school player win again this week, or will the private schools regain their grip on the honor? You can have your say by voting in the poll at www.facebook.com/IPBGsports.
This week's nominees are: