High School Football

Rough night for Hilton Head High at Orangeburg-Wilkinson

The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg)October 19, 2013 

Hilton Head Island High School's Jestin Morrow returns a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown Friday night at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, accounting for the Seahawks' only score of the night.

CHRISTOPHER HUFF -- THE TIMES AND DEMOCRAT

42 points.

That's the number of points Orangeburg-Wilkinson allowed last year when they it up with Hilton Head Island High School. It was a number that didn't sit well with Bruins head coach Tommy Brown or his players, and they wanted to make amends for that. They did just that Friday night.

Led by an aggressive passing attack that featured three touchdowns by Austin Bradley and a stingy defensive showing, the Bruins were able to come away with a dominant 33-7 win over the Seahawks.

"This is great," O-W senior wide receiver Jacob Lucas said. "I'm just so happy right now. I'm about to go and celebrate with my teammates right now."

Already missing starting tailback Khalil Lewis, things for the Seahawks (7-1) got a little worse as standout wide receiver Aaron Frazier was thrown out of the game in the opening quarter for what officials deemed a thrown punch during their first series.

The Bruins drew first blood on their second series. A 53-yard run by Micah Charles put O-W (7-1) on the Seahawks 19-yard line. Two plays later Bradley connected with Jacob Lucas from eight yards out on a fade pass making it 7-0 with 5:42 remaining in the opening period.

Hilton Head wasted little time in responding as Jestin Morrow returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to tie the game 7-7.

"It was a wake-up call," Brown said. "Our special teams go to sleep. That's the second time in two weeks that we've given up touchdowns on kickoff. We've got to make some personnel changes. That's one thing I'm not happy with at all."

Unfazed by the momentum shift, Bradley and Lucas connected again on the very next possession. This time, Bradley led Lucas down the home sideline for a 35-yard pass putting the Bruins back on top 14-7 with 2:53 left in the first quarter.

"They played man and Cover 2," Bradley said when asked about the key to the offense's success. "We just take what the defense gives us. I trust my receivers and trust that, if I throw it, they'll go up and get it. We just took what they gave us and had a pretty good day."

The night didn't get any better for the Seahawks, as Chris Argrow picked off a Ben Olliff pass and returned it 38 yards for a score, extending O-W's lead to 20-7.

"We've been blessed to have a defense that works hard," Brown said. "Last year, this team scored 42 points on us. That's one thing that I reminded them before the game. They probably scored more points on us than anybody in the region. So, we were focused on our assignments, focused on doing what we were supposed to do and we were blessed to come out of here with a win."

The Seahawks managed to move the ball down the field on their next series thanks in large part to a 23-yard pass from Olliff to Chase Rinehart on a fake punt. Hilton Head would get down to the Bruins' 19-yard line and try for a 35-yard field goal, but the snap was bobbled and eventually recovered by O-W.

Again, Micah Charles opened a series for the Bruins with a big run. The 38-yard carry put the Bruins on the Hilton Head 37-yard line and, from there, Bradley would add his final scoring toss of the night. The 37-yard pass to Wallie Tarte with 8:52 to go in the first half put O-W up 26-7 with 8:52 left in the first half.

"We didn't have a great day of focus today," Seahawks head coach B.J. Payne said. "It started at the team meal and you get what you get. You don't prepare and you're coming up to face O-W and line up to play physical football and you get smacked in the mouth. You don't take it seriously enough. You get what you get."

The Bruins added one more score with Romansul Hughes scoring the Bruins' lone rushing touchdown from 11 yards out in the final minute of the first half. From there, the Bruins would rest several of their starters in the second half.

The win sets up next week's showdown for the Bruins as they travel to Berkeley for what is essentially a must-win game as far as their region standing is concerned.

"Next week is the most important game that we'll play on our schedule," Brown said. "We've got a lot of work to get done. Berkeley is going to be a tough task. We know we've got to be focused. We've got to play a better game. We've got to play four quarters of football. We realize it. We're going to enjoy this tonight and Saturday. On Sunday, we've got to get back to work."

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