High School Football

Tonight's other area high school football games

info@islandpacket.comNovember 2, 2012 

Class 4-A regular season

Beaufort High (3-7) at Colleton County (0-10), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Beaufort 21, Colleton County 7 (2011)

The skinny: Beaufort High is looking for its first region victory. The Eagles are 0-5 in Region 8-AAAA entering the final game of the season. Beaufort High will miss the playoffs for only the second time in coach Mark Clifford's tenure. The Cougars are coming off of a 63-12 loss at Bluffton.

Players to watch: This is the final high school game for Beaufort High seniors, including leading rusher JaClay Mixon, leading tackler Zach Brown, leading receiver Thomas Parker and offensive linemen Tanner Powell, Caleb Gee, Tyler Wilson and Bryan Wiggers.

Keys to the game: The Eagles have endured a tough season but can finish on a positive note if they remain focused on the road.

Class 2-A Division I playoffs

Waccamaw (3-7) at Battery Creek (5-5), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: First meeting

The skinny: Battery Creek is hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2002, when it also last advanced to the second round. Waccamaw lost its final six regular season games. The winner travels to Loris, which had a bye in Round 1.

Players to watch: All of the Dolphins will deal with the unfamiliar playoff atmosphere, but sophomore QB Raekwon Smalls might be under the microscope a little more, as a young player directing his first playoff game. Waccamaw RB Jalen Simmons leads the Warriors on the ground.

Keys to the game: The Dolphins feel they have the edge, but will have to exploit their speed advantage over what they perceive as a slower Warriors team. Battery Creek continues to succeed in spite of its turnovers. But too many giveaways during the postseason would spell the end.

Class 1-A Division I playoffs

Whale Branch (6-3) at Allendale-Fairfax (9-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Allendale-Fairfax 14, Whale Branch 7 (Oct. 26)

The skinny: The Tigers are still ranked No. 2 in Class 1-A in the most recent S.C. media football poll. Whale Branch was held without an offensive touchdown during the first meeting, a Dee Delaney punt return providing the Warriors' only score. Whale Branch held the Tigers to their lowest point total of the season on Oct. 26 and to half of their 344 yards per game rushing average.

Players to watch: Whale Branch DL Nyles Pinckney, only a freshman, has proved a force on the defensive line. He forced his way into the Tigers' backfield often during the Oct. 26 game, collapsing quarterback Solomon McCormick's pocket and helping snuff the run game. The Warriors are wary of Allendale-Fairfax RB Brandon Jordan's big-play ability.

Keys to the game: Costly fumbles helped kill Whale Branch's shot at a region title last week. If the Warriors make a game of it late, they will have to protect the football. Whale Branch coach Jerry Hatcher said his team did a good job denying the big play through three quarters last week. Now he wants 48 minutes.

SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs

Oakbrook Prep (6-4) at Thomas Heyward Academy (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: First meeting

The skinny: The Knights are in the playoffs in their first season as a program. The Rebels are looking to reach the championship game, a goal they fell short of last season, and get another shot at Hilton Head Christian, which beat them by a touchdown earlier this season.

Players to watch: Oakbrook Prep running back Alex Hollis, a transfer from Dorman, is the real deal, rushing for 2,104 yards and 32 touchdowns this season. Quarterback JD Tuten adds an ankle injury to his hip and foot ailments, making him a gametime decision for the Rebels. Running back Ryan Day has rushed for 1,824 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Rebels, while Bryan Lee Wade has made his mark as a receiver, defensive back and kick returner.

Keys to the game: If the Rebels can figure out the Knight's bizarre three-headed, quarterback-less option attack, they should move on to the second round easily. If Oakbrook Prep's offense gives Thomas Heyward trouble, things could get hairy with Tuten possibly even more limited than he has been recently or even out.

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