It didn't take long for the trash-talking between Bluffton High School and Myrtle Beach High School to begin -- and the Seahawks have gotten creative in their methods.
On Saturday night, the team's website featured a photo of Bluffton coach Ken Cribb leading a post-game prayer after last year's Class 3-A Lower State championship game at Bluffton, which the Seahawks won 47-0.
The caption below Cribb's photo read, "Coach Cribb praying after last year's lower state championship lost to Myrtle Beach!!! Hope we don't have to play them again !!! Seahawks are coming!!!"
On Sunday, the photo had been replaced by one of the Seahawks sacking Bluffton quarterback C.J. Frazier during last year's meeting. The caption read, "Hope to see alot of this Friday Night -- BLUFFTON CHANCES SACKED!!"
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The Bobcats (12-0) will travel to Myrtle Beach for a third-round playoff game against the Seahawks (11-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
BOBCATS ON VERGE OF RECORDS ... OR ARE THEY?
A mistake in the S.C. High School League record book left Bluffton coaches, fans and players thinking quarterback C.J. Frazier had a good opportunity to break the state record for touchdown passes in a single season.
But the record of 53 touchdown passes listed in the book is just that -- a mistake.
The Palmetto Finest book inexplicably does not include the mark Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley set last season. Worley threw for 64 touchdown passes in Northwestern's undefeated, state-championship season. Other 2010 records appear in the book, but Worley's mark is absent.
The correct passing record of 64 means Frazier is actually 15 touchdowns shy of the state record. Frazier, a junior, threw five touchdowns in Bluffton's win against Hartsville on Friday night, giving him 49 for the season.
Frazier's top receiving target, Dimitri Lowry, may be on the verge of breaking a record of his own. In his first year with the Bobcats, Lowry has caught 22 touchdowns.
The Palmetto Finest Record Book does not track receiving touchdowns, but research done by The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette suggests Northwestern receiver Robert Joseph's 25 touchdowns last year may be the top mark in state history.
EAGLES PREPARE FOR THOMAS SUMTER AGAIN
Hilton Head Christian Academy and Thomas Sumter Academy know each other well. Or so it would seem.
The teams met twice last season, with the Generals winning the SCISAA Class 2-A state championship after Christian Academy won easily during the regular season.
The Eagles escaped a regular-season meeting this September with a one-point victory, and Saturday will meet the Generals in Columbia for a chance to avenge last season's title disappointment. Hilton Head Christian will play for a state championship for the fifth time the past six seasons.
But despite the number of recent meetings between the title contenders, the Eagles say they are preparing for anything.
"They're a new team," Eagles coach Tommy Lewis said. "Our focus at this time of the year is really how good can we get each practice, how much better can we become each practice and each week. And that's what we've got to focus on this coming week. We've got to get better so that when we get on the field Saturday, we play our best and let the rest take care of itself."
Christian Academy running back Tyler Chisholm said he and his teammates would take a more disciplined mind-set into practice than they did before last season's disappointment.
"We just feel like we got to step things up, don't hold anything back," he said. "Because it's one game. Winner takes all."
MARTIN, FIELDS UP FOR IRON MAN AWARD
Hilton Head Christian senior Alex Martin and Whale Branch High School senior Josh Fields are among the 10 finalists for the Army Iron Man of the Year Award for the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Martin was nominated after he had two touchdown catches and broke up the potential winning two-point conversion pass in a 21-20 win over Thomas Sumter on Sept. 16. Fields earned his nomination by rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns and adding an interception in a 20-0 win over Branchville on Oct. 7.
Fans can vote on the award at www.thesportsflash.com. Voting closes at midnight Sunday.
JAGS CAN'T SOLVE RED RAIDERS
Much of Ridgeland High School's focus this season was on beating Bamberg-Ehrhardt, the team that proved to be the Jaguars' nemesis a year ago.
Despite two close calls, though, the Jaguars are still trying to find a way to beat the Red Raiders.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt scored a 33-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left Friday to end the Jaguars' season with a 19-14 loss in the second round of the Class 1-A Division I playoffs.
The Red Raiders have handed the Jaguars four of their past five losses, including season-ending losses in the second round of the playoffs two years in a row.