High School Football Notebooks, Sept. 3: Beaufort High's kicking tradition continuing

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 3, 2012 

Beaufort High School dominated nearly every phase of the game in Friday night's 48-13 rout of the Aiken Green Hornets in the Eagles' home opener.

Aside from a missed blocking assignment which resulted in a blocked punt and an Aiken touchdown on the Eagles' first series, it was all Beaufort.

And that includes the often overlooked kicking game.

Beaufort High's sophomore kicker Brady Cormier was as important as any other weapon the Eagles employed against Aiken.

On kickoffs, Cormier gave the Green Hornets little to work with. Six of the eight Beaufort High kickoffs were for touchbacks, either going through the end zone or so deep as to eliminate any thought of bringing them out.

Aiken actually fared worse when they could return a kick, with an average starting position of the 13 yard line.

Cormier was a perfect 6 for 6 on extra points and booted two field goals -- a 45-yard-field goal as time expired in the first half that may have been good from 55 and a 37-yarder in the third quarter.

"We've been fortunate here at Beaufort with Sam Keeler and then Kyle Clark and Owen Plair and all those guys. We've been really fortunate to have great kickers," Beaufort High head coach Mark Clifford said. "And Brady Cormier, he's stepping in and keeping up the tradition."

Beaufort High wins for Smyth

Beaufort High was without defensive coordinator Andy Smyth during Friday's home opener.

The Eagles coach was hospitalized in the middle of the week with complications from a June hip replacement. He drove to Columbia on Wednesday, thinking he would be back the same day, but was admitted for emergency surgery, head coach Mark Clifford said.

"I looked at him in a staff meeting (Tuesday) and said 'You don't look very good,'" Clifford said. "He said 'I don't feel very good.'"

Smyth had already worked with his unit on what to expect from Aiken before he was hospitalized. After Wando scored 37 points during a shutout of the Eagles in Week 1, Beaufort High's defense held the Hornets to 121 yards of offense and four first downs. Smyth stayed updated with text messages during the game. He has a laptop in his hospital room and is already breaking down film from the game, Clifford said. He said Smyth hopes to be released by the middle of this week.

Defensive backs coach Ron Walker is heading the defense in Smyth's absence.

"Hoping that Coach Smyth is the happiest person in that hospital tonight #bigwin," Beaufort High quarterback Ben Vaigneur tweeted after the victory.

Doe pulls double duty

When Battery Creek High School senior offensive lineman Justin Frazier was lost last week with a knee injury, coach Jim Shuman turned to Willie Doe.

The senior defensive end, whose energy Shuman wanted to save for defense, played both sides and special teams Friday at Whale Branch and helped the Dolphins sustain their running game.

"He never came off the field," Shuman said. "He really stepped up to the plate and played an awesome game, considering how much he had to play."

Battery Creek ran for 140 yards on 38 carries, including Yuneek Crittendon's 80-yard touchdown run during the third quarter.

Vote for Week 2's best

Vote for the area's top performer from Week 2 on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/IPBGsports. Results will run Friday on our high school sports page.

This week's candidates:

  • Hilton Head Island High School quarterback Michael Julian, who set a school-record with 332 passing yards, threw for five touchdowns and ran for two more.

  • Beaufort High quarterback Ben Vaigneur completed 9 of 11 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns during the Eagkles' home victory over Aiken.

  • Whale Branch Early College High School running back Michael Dantzler helped leader the Warriors to victory over rival Battery Creek with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

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