High School Football

Beaufort County football jamboree makes its return Friday night

Bluffton High School is hosting the (usually) annual event

ccox@islandpacket.comAugust 16, 2013 

After a one-year hiatus, the Beaufort County School District scrimmage is back on.

The county's five public schools and Ridgeland-Hardeeville failed to get together for a preseason kickoff last fall, as Hilton Head Island High and Whale Branch Early College High were barred from participating in jamborees due to S.C. High School League violations. Battery Creek, meanwhile, had a previous commitment.

"Everybody was in trouble," Bobcats coach Ken Cribb said. "Nobody could play but us and Beaufort."

The schools stayed out of trouble this season, and as a result, the jamboree has returned. The scrimmage, which will take place Friday night at Bluffton High, will feature matchups of two teams each playing one half of football.

Whale Branch will face Ridgeland-Hardeeville to kick off the action at 6:30 p.m. Hilton Head High and Beaufort High will follow around 7:30, and Battery Creek and host Bluffton finish off the action around 8:30.

None of the schools facing off play each other in the regular season.

"There's going to be a lot of excitement here Friday night, man," Cribb said. "If the weather holds out, it's going to be really exciting."

Admission for the event is $5. Cribb did not know how seating arrangements would be handled with rival fans in attendance. All the Bluffton coach knows is he's glad the event has returned for the five Beaufort County schools and Ridgeland-Hardeeville from Jasper County.

"I think that's the most important thing," he said. "But we might have to have extra security."

The regular season kicks off Aug. 23 when Bluffton will travels to Whale Branch at 7:30 p.m. Battery Creek, Beaufort High and Hilton Head High begin their seasons a week later on Aug. 30.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville, meanwhile, waits until Sept. 6 to begin its season.

Beaufort County School District Scrimmage

What: A preseason football scrimmage featuring the six public schools in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

Where: Bluffton High School

When: Friday, Aug. 16

Schedule: 6:30 p.m. -- Whale Branch vs. Ridgeland-Hardeeville; 7:30 p.m. -- Hilton Head High vs. Beaufort High; 8:30 p.m. -- Bluffton vs. Battery Creek

Admission: $5

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