Khalil Lewis isn't concerning himself much with his rushing totals, despite the incredible numbers he continues to put up for Hilton Head Island High School. The Seahawks' senior running back has much bigger things on his mind.
"Everybody last year was worried about getting stats," he said. "This year, we're worried about that (scoreboard). That's what we're worried about."
Maybe he can worry a little bit about both.
Hilton Head High improved to 3-0 Friday night with a 48-20 win over former region rival Battery Creek, signaling the best start for the Seahawks since 1989. They did so thanks to another ridiculous game from their tailback, who tacked on 265 yards and four touchdowns to his impressive early-season totals.
The Division I prospect now has rushed for 699 yards and 11 scores through three games and is averaging 12 yards per carry.
"When I'm on the field, I'm not too much worried about what I'm doing," he said. "Half the time I'm blacking out and I don't know what I'm doing. It's just happening.
Whatever's happening seems to be working. Lewis' night helped turn what started as a back-and-forth affair, as he powered through Dolphins defenders on the way to another big game. He gave Hilton Head High the lead for good with his 6-yard touchdown run late in the first half before adding two scores after halftime.
Hilton Head High needed nearly all of his yards, as the Seahawks defense struggled to contain Battery Creek's option offense in a wild first half. The Dolphins (1-2) rushed for 261 yards on 31 carries through two quarters and briefly took a 20-14 lead late in the first half. Yuneek Crittendon led the way with 18 carries for 181 yards.
But the Seahawks adjusted at the break by removing a safety and instead going with a six-man front in an effort to take away the backside dive. The move paid off, as Battery Creek was limited to 77 rushing yards in a second half that saw the Dolphins outscored 25-0.
"They came out with a good offensive game plan," Seahawks coach B.J. Payne said. "The one thing they hurt us with was the one thing we were worried about coming in. We wanted to do something to take a couple things away."
Added Dolphins coach Jim Shuman: "They did a good job making a couple adjustments on a couple of our plays, so hats off to them."
Battery Creek's frustrating second half was reminiscent to last season's meeting between the two teams, when Hilton Head High erased a third quarter deficit by ending the game on a 30-0 run.
"We've got to improve some second-half things," said Shuman, whose Dolphins lost for the sixth straight time to Hilton Head High. "We've got to come out better. We've got to improve some of our schemes and some of our effort. There's a lot we can take away from it, from the top down."
Hilton Head High 48, Battery Creek 20
Battery Creek 6 14 0 0 -- 20
Hilton Head High 8 15 23 2 -- 48
BC--Yuneek Crittendon 2 rush (Juan Carlos Negron kick failed), 4:46.
HHH--Aaron Frazier 80 kick return (Khalil Lewis rush), 4:32.
BC--Eric Freeman 12 catch from Zach Mahan (Crittendon rush), 7:03.
HHH--Khalil Lewis 4 rush (Lewis rush), 4:15.
BC--Tyrone Dilbert 79 rush (conversion failed), 3:23.
HHH--Lewis 6 rush (Savannah Reier kick), 1:47
HHH--Chase Rinehart 26 catch from Ben Oliff (Reier kick), 10:13.
HHH--Lewis 1 rush (Reier kick), 7:02
HHH--Lewis 90 rush (Reier kick failed), 2:24.
HHH--Reier 38 kick, 0:22.
First Downs 16 15
Rushes-Yards 46-338 34-319
Comp-Att-Int 5-18-0 8-14-0
Passing Yards 48 141
Punts-Avg 4-35 3-37
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 7-42 4-36
Third-Down Conv 4-14 4-9
Fourth-Down Conv 2-4 0-1
PASSING: BC -- Zach Mahan 5-18-0-48; HHH -- Ben Oliff 8-14-0-141
RUSHING: BC -- Yuneek Crittendon 18-181, Tyrone Dilbert 8-90, Josh Roberts 14-53, Jason Green 1-12, Raekwon Smalls 1-4, Zach Mahan 4-(-2); HHH -- Khalil Lewis 21-265, Ben Oliff 8-47, Savion Fuller 4-15, Tyliek Smith 1-(-8).
RECEIVING: BC -- Eric Freeman 3-39, Josh Roberts 1-9, Yuneek Crittendon 1-0; HHH -- Aaron Frazier 3-86, Tyler Hamilton 1-30, Chase Rinehart 1-26, Trey Days 1-4, Ja'Carri Aiken 1-(-1), Jordan Rozek 1-(-4).