High School Football Notes: Injured Hilton Head Island High QB Aiden Hegerty remains doubtful

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Hilton Head Island High quarterback Aiden Hegarty is doubtful for Friday's game against Battery Creek High School, as the sophomore continues to heal from a fractured hand.

Hegarty did not play in last Friday's 47-6 win over Ridgeland-Hardeeville after injuring the throwing hand the week prior during practice, when it struck the helmet of a Seahawks teammate. Hegarty fought through the pain in the season opener against Whale Branch Early College High School but sat out against the Jaguars.

"Doctors thought it was OK then after the (Whale Branch) game a couple days later, looked at it and it was cracked," coach B.J. Payne said.

Senior Ben Oliff started in Hegarty's place against Ridgeland-Hardeeville and will earn the start once again against the Dolphins. In two games, which included relief duty late in the Seahawks' blowout win over the Warriors, Oliff has completed 8 of 13 passes for 116 yards while rushing 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Hegarty was 7 of 10 for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks' season opener.


Battery Creek quarterback Raekwon Smalls walked the sideline in his jersey and shorts last Friday while his Dolphins' teammates defeated rival Whale Branch Early College High School. The junior hurt his knee during the preseason and is out indefinitely.

But the Dolphins are comfortable with multiple quarterbacks and more than one will likely play when Smalls returns, coach Jim Shuman said.

For now, the job seems to belong to senior Zach Mahan, who rushed for a touchdown during the 22-0 victory over the Warriors. Sophomore Malik Morgan started Week 1 and freshman Justin Cochran played during preseason scrimmages.

Mahan, who worked in the Dolphins' option system as a junior, brings some stability to the position.

"He and Rocky both are excellent quarterbacks," Shuman said. "When (Smalls) gets back healthy, we're going to be a two-quarterback threat. Because each one brings a different game to the table."


Bluffton High coach Ken Cribb understood the task facing the Bobcats this season, as they entered without most of the usual faces that dotted the group's success over the last three years.

But the team continues to grow with each passing game, as evidenced by Bluffton's 37-31 overtime win over A.C. Flora last Friday. The Bobcats rallied from 10 points down with less than four minutes remaining before pulling out the victory.

"Are we rebuilding? Yeah, we are a little bit," Cribb said. "More now not because of graduation but because of injuries. Add graduation, plus injuries, and we've got young kids stepping in and finding their way."

Bluffton climbed to 2-1 on the season, bouncing back from a 23-20 loss to South Effingham in Week 1. The Bobcats have dealt with injuries to notable Division I prospects in DE Shameik Blackshear and DT K.J. Ford, as well as a lengthy ankle injury to senior RB B.J. Hill.

"Last Friday night was only our third regular-season loss in four years," Cribb said. " ... We didn't eat Wednesday, we didn't have our victory meal. That's not the Bluffton tradition. We don't like it."


"They're the enemy. It's a rival of the border. We don't hate them, but on the field, everybody is your enemy, no matter who it is. You step on that field, it's no friends." -- Battery Creek quarterback Zach Mahan, who helped the Dolphins defeat rival Whale Branch 22-0 on Friday night to even the overall series 1-1.

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