High School Football Notes, Sept. 30: Roots of Hilton Head Island High's trick play go way back

sports@islandpacket.comSeptember 30, 2013 

Hilton Head High Seahawk head coach B.J. Payne keeps his players moving during Friday's first practice session of the 2013 season.

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B.J. Payne had seen success with his fake point-after attempt before.

The Hilton Head Island High School coach first installed the play several years ago as an assistant at GlenOak (Ohio) High School. That team ran it successfully up 3-0 on the No. 1 team in the state before holding on for the win, Payne said.

So the Seahawks coach knew he had it available in his back pocket at some point. It eventually showed up Friday against Bluffton High School, when kicker Thomas Farrell took the pitch from holder Ben Oliff for a two-point conversion and the winning points in a thrilling 33-32 win over the rival Bobcats.

"Some of the coaches looked at me crazy," Payne said. "I told them on the sidelines when we got the ball back with three minutes at the 50. I said, 'We're going to win this football game.'<2008>"

Hilton Head High (5-0) first installed the play, dubbed "Orlando," on Wednesday. They ran it in practice with starter Savannah Reier before opting to use Farrell against Blu.

"It was kind of one of those things where, am I crazy doing it?" Payne said. "Because of the fact they had an injury, they had kids set up. Thomas Farrell is a kid that hasn't played in a couple years. He played a great outside (linebacker) for us tonight (too)."


Ken Cribb was asked following Friday's game whether he preferred to see his Bluffton team play this week, hoping to wipe away the memories of a crushing 33-32 loss to rival Hilton Head Island High as soon as possible.

The answer was a resounding "no."

"We need time to heal," he said.

The Bobcats welcome their much-needed bye week, using the next several days to potentially get back a few more key contributors while continuing preparations for the Region 8-AAAA opener Oct. 11 at Beaufort High School.

"Get back to work," Cribb said. "Work on the fundamentals."

Bluffton (4-2) will hope to get back senior defensive tackle K.J. Ford, who remained sidelined Friday for the fourth straight game after breaking a finger Aug. 30 against South Effingham. Cribb also is waiting to see if he may get senior receiver Vinny Boni, who was lost in the preseason to a collarbone injury.


"It feels great. I just want to celebrate with my team and rejoice in the win for another 365 days. We'll be back next year." -- Hilton Head High sophomore cornerback Jon Baty after a 33-32 win over rival Bluffton.

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