Hilton Head High football coach Tim Singleton said before the season the Seahawks boasted the weapons to have success in their region.
His goal then was for the Seahawks to compete for the Region 7-AAA title. Hilton Head High will finish off of the pace but accomplished another goal Friday.
The Seahawks rolled to a 47-20 victory at Battery Creek, locking up a Class 3-A playoff berth.
"These kids fought hard to get to where we are," Singleton said. "I'm proud of them."
Everyone had a part.
Hilton Head High receiver Adam Orischak caught three touchdown passes and finished with five catches for 77 yards. Quarterback Michael Julian threw for four scores and also ran for a first-half touchdown. He chucked a 31-yard pass to tight end Alex MacDonald to successfully execute a fake punt. And speedster Desmond Bonaparte broke free on a 79-yard touchdown reception.
The Seahawks (4-5, 2-2 Region 7-AAA) will prepare to close the season with rival Bluffton knowing their postseason is secure. But after Hilton Head High allowed Battery Creek back in the game during the second half, Singleton preached to his team the importance of staying focused. He told them no matter what happens against the rival Bobcats, they need to finish.
"We're rivals, but I'm not going to lie -- we've got to come prepared," Hilton Head High running back Khalil Lewis said. "It's not going to be easy -- at all."
Familiar issues kept Battery Creek from a successful homecoming. The Dolphins fumbled the ball away on two of their first three possessions, did not complete a pass during the first half and had trouble slowing the Seahawks offense.
Julian had little trouble finding an open man from the spread attack, hitting six different receivers and mixing in backs Lewis and Raheem Williams.
The Dolphins (1-8, 0-4 Region 7-AAA) dropped their eighth consecutive game since opening the season with a win over Estill. Jayron Sneed led Battery Creek's rushing attack, finishing with 123 yards on 16 carries.
Dolphins coaches saw the Seahawks' defensive ends crashing down during the first half and made adjustments at halftime, utilizing Sneed on the option pitch. The change helped Battery Creek develop some momentum. The Dolphins scored their three touchdowns in a span of under 10 minutes after recovering a fumble and an onside kick.
"That was nice to see that spark in the offense that everybody thought was dead," Battery Creek coach Jim Shuman said.
Julian's third touchdown pass to Orischak ended the Dolphins' run. Battery Creek's season likely will come to an end next week at Lake Marion.
"All the seniors who played their last home game have to be commended for what they've started," said Shuman, who is finishing his first season. "They've started the rebuilding process by sticking it out and being here."