High School Football Notebook, Oct. 21: Hilton Head Island High fighting injuries, possible suspension with Hanahan next

mmccombs@islandpacket.comOctober 21, 2013 

At any given time, Hilton Head Island High would be facing a tough task with a trip to 8-0 Hanahan, ranked second in Class 3-A, coming up Friday.

But given the events of the past two weeks things are looking much more difficult.

The Seahawks (7-1, 2-1 8-AAA) have several injury concerns to go along with a potential suspension.

Quarterback Ben Oliff, who injured his leg in Friday's 33-7 loss at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, won't play this week and may not play in the regular-season finale.

The senior had X-rays on Friday night that came back negative, according to Seahawks coach B.J. Payne, who said the initial diagnosis is a high ankle sprain.

"They thought it was a fracture," Payne said. "At this point in the season, you're hopeful it's a sprain. But sometimes, those sprains can be worse than a fracture."

Sophomore Aiden Hegarty, returning from an injury of his own, will start under center this week.

Payne is not sure about the status of running back Khalil Lewis

"He ran on Sunday night," Payne said. "It's almost a day-to-day type thing, just a matter of him being able to cut off of it.

"We thought we might have him Friday night, but he couldn't plant."

Receiver Ja'Carri Aiken was "dinged a little bit, as well" on Friday, according to Payne. Aiken took a helmet-to-helmet hit, and his status won't be known until the middle of the week.

And then there's the Seahawks' top receiver, Aaron Frazier.

Frazier was ejected early in Friday's loss for what one official told Payne was a "punch to the face." After watching the film, Payne said it was a bum rap.

"The guy hit Aaron after the whistle," Payne said. "Aaron gave a one-handed, open-handed push and missed. The (official) from 23 yards away is the one who threw the flag, not the back judge who was just 8 yards away."

Payne said there would be a meeting Monday involving the school and the district to go over an appeal, which would determine Frazier's availability on Friday.

Overall, Payne said the Seahawks didn't play well Friday.

"Defensively, we did things we haven't done since last year," Payne said. "Uncharacteristic things, blown assignments. We haven't done that all year. We have to make those corrections.

"(Hanahan) is a very good football team. They're not overly big, but everything they do, they do very well."

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