High School Football Notebook, Oct. 7: Rebels rolling into SCISAA Region 2-AA part of schedule

sports@islandpacket.comOctober 7, 2013 

After a rough 0-2 start, Thomas Heyward Academy has reeled off five straight wins culminating with Thursday's 28-12 victory over St. Andrew's.

Coach Nic Shuford's Rebels are now staring squarely at their four-game region schedule.

"I'd like to see us run the table," Shuford said before Thursday's victory. "I think our region (race) is wide open."

The Rebels play in SCISAA Region 2-AA along with Hilton Head Christian Academy and Hilton Head Prep. After Friday, Palmetto Christian was on top at 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the region. Hilton Head Christian is 3-2, 1-0, followed by Northwood Academy (4-2, 1-1) and Hilton Head Prep (3-3, 0-2).

The Rebels are the only team that hasn't yet played a region contest.

"Based on the scoring I'm seeing, I wouldn't be surprised at all if there's a three-way tie for first at the end of this thing," Shuford said. "Every team in our region is a good team, in my opinion, and all of them have the ability to put a lot of points on the board.

"I think it's going to be an interesting next four weeks."

EAGLES PREPARE FOR REGION WORK

The Beaufort High School football team will try to dismiss memories of its first loss of the season in time for its Region 8-AAAA opener on Friday.

The Eagles (5-1) play host to rival Bluffton High School on Friday after falling 48-7 to Goose Creek.

"Now is when the important time starts," Beaufort High coach Mark Clifford said. "I told them, 'When you win a game, you can't think about it for too long. And when you lose a game, you can't think about it for too long. You've got to go back to work.'"

The Gators held Beaufort High to its lowest point total of the season and fewer than 200 yards of offense. The Eagles managed three first downs during the second half and punted seven times during the game.

Clifford put the offense's issues on himself.

"That's my fault," he said. "We'll work these kids harder and execute better. We didn't make a whole lot of mental mistakes, but we made a couple execution mistakes."

Beaufort High is trying to avenge a 34-10 loss to the Bobcats in 2012, the start of four consecutive losses to open region play.

"We're going to look past this and look straight into Bluffton for region," Eagles' center Andrew Smyth said.

LEWIS NEARING ANOTHER RECORD

Hilton Head Island High School tailback Khalil Lewis already is accustomed to breaking records. The senior set a new school mark last season when his 1,703 rushing yards bested the mark previously set by former N.C. State tailback Ray Robinson.

His 121-yard, two-touchdown performance in Friday's 35-14 win over Stall brought him close to another program best. He now has 20 touchdowns this season, tying him with Robinson for the most in a single season. He can claim the record for himself this Friday night, when Hilton Head High tries to run its Region 8-AAA record to 2-0 at home against James Island.

Lewis has rushed for a whopping 1,164 yards on just 105 carries this season, helping the Seahawks sprint out to a 6-0 record, their best start since 1987. He is averaging just over 11 yards per carry.

This Week's Schedule

Bethune-Bowman at Whale Branch, 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton at Beaufort High, 7:30 p.m.

Colleton Prep at Hilton Head Christian, 7 p.m.

James Island at Hilton Head Island, 7:30 p.m.

North Charleston at Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 7:30 p.m.

St. John's at Beaufort Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Thomas Heyward Academy at Hilton Head Prep, 4 p.m.

Woodland at Battery Creek, 7:30 p.m.

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