High School Football Notes, Sept. 16: Ridgeland-Hardeeville looking for growth by playing bigger schools

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 16, 2013 

The Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School football team has dropped consecutive games to larger schools, but the Jaguars will be OK, Bluffton High School coach Ken Cribb believes.

"They play hard," Cribb said after last Friday's 43-2 Bobcats win. "They're physical."

"They have ability. I think they made way more mistakes than we did. It's hard to compete making as many mistakes as they did. I think they had a good gameplan, I think coaches did a good job and kids played hard."

The Jaguars (1-2) can get back on track this week when they play host to Burke to open the Region 6-AA schedule.

The Bulldogs are 0-3, with all three losses to Class 1-A teams. Ridgeland-Hardeeville won 33-12 on the road last season.

"We'll lick the wounds and get ready," Jaguars coach Blake Raley said. "... It will help us in the long run playing the bigger schools."


B.J. Payne sees the strides his Hilton Head Island High team is making from week to week.

Despite playing several of his starters on offense and defense Friday night against Battery Creek, the Seahawks wore down the visiting Dolphins in the second half to emerge with their first 3-0 start since 1989.

"Everything we do in the offseason, everything we do in conditioning is going to pay off on Friday nights," he said. " ... We have a lot of two-way guys, too. But they bought into the system and they're truly believing what's on the front of their helmets."

Hilton Head High outscored Battery Creek 25-0 in the second half and 32-0 after the Dolphins took a 23-20 lead late in the first half.


"He's a dynamic athlete, man. You can put him anywhere and he can play it like no one's played it before." -- Bluffton quarterback Alex Davis, on sophomore Terrance Heyward, who caught two touchdown passes at receiver and ran for another as quarterback during Friday's victory over Ridgeland-Hardeeville.

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