From staff reports
Hilton Head Prep 67, Cathedral Academy 21
Hilton Head Prep expected Friday's game to be a shootout and the Dolphins lived up to their end of the bargain, scoring 33 points in the first quarter to cruise past the Generals.
Hilton Head Prep quarterback Matt Layman was in top form, throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 16 of 24 passing. He didn't have any interceptions.
Alex Orford was Layman's top target, catching four passes for 119 yards with two touchdowns.
Bo Strimpfel also had a big night with two catches for 101 yards and one touchdown. Dimitri Lowry had five receptions for 72 yards with a TD.
Scott D'Amico led the team in rushing with 63 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Zenon Parker made two interceptions.
Hilton Head Prep (4-2) will travel to Northwood Academy next Friday.
Thomas Heyward 48, Robert E. Lee 6
Thomas Heyward coach Nic Shuford has seen his team play well in spurts this season. On Friday, he saw it for four quarters.
Logan Mock rushed for 220 yards, scored three touchdowns and made an interception on defense as the Rebels trounced Robert E. Lee in their final non-region tune-up.
"We played our first complete football game tonight," Shuford said. "The defense stepped up and did a great job and the offensive line did a great job blocking for our running backs."
Mock has rushed for 100 yards or more in five of Thomas Heyward's six games this season. He leads the Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet coverage area with 918 rushing yards on the season.
Quarterback JD Tuten had 119 passing yards and threw a TD pass to James Rumfelt.
Ryan Day had 131 rushing yards and returned an interception for a touchdown. Anthony Arcuri had 43 yards rushing with two touchdowns.
Hayden Daley finished with 71 rushing yards.
Thomas Heyward (4-2) will host First Baptist next Friday.
Cane Bay 53, Battery Creek 0
Battery Creek wanted to forget about the first half of the season and get off to a fresh start in its Region 7-AAA opener against Cane Bay. But head coach Carlos Cave will probably want to forget about this one, too.
Cane Bay scored on the first play of the game, scored off a punt block and things snowballed from there for Battery Creek. The Dolphins trailed 40-0 at halftime.
"Most of it was long runs and long passes, the same thing that has plagued us all year," Cave said. "It's beyond frustrating. It really is."
Unfortunately, things don't get any easier.
Battery Creek (0-5, 0-1 in Region 7-AAA) will travel to Berkeley next Friday, a team that defeated Hilton Head High 55-14 on Thursday night.
Hilton Head Christian 56, Palmetto Christian 16
Holding a 20-10 halftime lead, Hilton Head Christian coach Tommy Lewis asked his team to kick it up a notch in the second half. The Eagles responded with 34 points in the third quarter to pull away from Palmetto Christian, improving to 4-1 on the season.
"We challenged our guys at halftime and they stepped up to the challenge," Lewis said. "Palmetto Christian was a very good team but they weren't doing anything we didn't think we should be able to handle. We made a couple of adjustments, but more than anything, I think our team decided to play better in the second half."
JaBrook Tucker scored two touchdowns and rushed for 67 yards on eight carries. He also had three receptions for 50 yards.
Luke Sirgo threw for 163 yards and four touchdowns on 8 of 14 passing with one interception. He also had 63 yards rushing.
Devan Fitzhugh and Tyler Chisholm both ran in touchdowns.
Receiver Ryan Emery caught three passes for 35 yards with two touchdowns.
Alex Martin caught a 25-yard TD pass and Eric Farr caught a 27-yard TD pass.
On defense, Clay Oliver had nine tackles, an interception and recovered a fumble. Zach Reynolds had eight tackles, Ryan Emery had an interception and Cole Malphrus made six tackles from the defensive tackle position.
Tyshawn Walls also had an active night, finishing with three tackles, two for loss, a sack, a pressure and recovered a fumble.
Hilton Head Christian (4-1) will travel to St. Andrew's next Friday.
Ridgeland 21, Whale Branch 12
Torray Amlett ran in an 11-yard touchdown and threw a shovel pass that resulted in a 60-yard TD as Ridgeland defeated Whale Branch.
Jerry Scott led the Jaguars in rushing with 54 yards on 14 carries. He also scored an 11-yard touchdown.
For Whale Branch, Josh Fields scored a 14-yard TD and a 6-yard TD, finishing with 58 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Stedmon James threw for 59 yards on 2 of 10 passing.
Dee Delaney caught a pass for 40 yards.
Whale Branch (3-3, 0-3 Region 5A) will host Branchville next Friday. Ridgeland (3-3, 2-1 Region 5-A) will travel to Allendale-Fairfax next Friday.
Hardeeville 44, Bethune-Bowman 14
Jarrell Knighton rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, leading Hardeeville past Bethune-Bowman.
After losing their first three games, the Hurricanes have now one three straight. More important, all three wins have come against Region 5-A opponents.
It's the first time in the school's brief history Hardeeville has opened its region schedule 3-0.
Quarterback Donald Scott passed for 48 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Blackshear.
Charlie Morrison-Ford scored a 43-yard touchdown and a 70-yard touchdown. Phillip Harris added another touchdown.
Gabriel Washington led the defense with two blocked punts, two sacks, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Hardeeville (3-3, 3-0 Region 5-A) will host Bamberg-Ehrhardt next Friday.
Patrick Henry 68, Beaufort Academy 24
Beaufort Academy found itself in a 30-0 hole in the first quarter and was unable to dig its way out, despite strong individual performances from quarterback Gibson Achurch and return man Nathan Akers.
Achurch threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns on 15 of 24 passing. Akers returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and finished with 205 all-purpose yards.
Jack Griffith caught all three touchdown passes, finishing with 89 receiving yards on five catches.
On defense, Matt Bass had 12 tackles and a fumble recovery and Bennett Fultz had eight tackles, a fumble recovery and a quarterback sack.
For Patrick Henry, Austin Rowell had another big night, rushing for 228 yards and six touchdowns on 18 carries.
Rowell holds the SCISAA 8-man career rushing record with 5,900 yards. C.J. Sheffield led Patrick Henry on defense with nine tackles, three sacks and one tackle for loss.
The Eagles were somewhat short-handed. Two starters are also members of the swim team, which is competing in the state championship this weekend in Augusta, Ga.
Beaufort Academy (1-4) will travel to James Island Christian next Friday. 7 p.m.
Pinewood Prep 3, Hilton Head Prep 2: After winning the first two games, Hilton Head Prep saw Pinewood Prep rally to a 23-25, 14-25, 29-27, 31-29, 15-10 victory.
For Hilton Head Prep, Liz Buterbaugh had 17 kills and six blocks, Christine Quinn had 25 kills and five blocks, Brooke Churchich had 50 assists and Morgan Simmons had six kills.
Hilton Head Prep (7-7) will host Bible Baptist at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.