Terrance Heyward showed in the first week of the season why he couldn't stay off the field long.
And Bluffton High School football coaches soon found another use for the sophomore, who backs up quarterback Alex Davis. Heyward lined up at receiver Friday and caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score to help Bluffton defeat Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 43-2.
There were times Bluffton's offense looked stalled, backing up with busted plays and covering fumbles. They made up ground through the air.
Davis to Heyward. Starter to his backup.
Heyward had not lined up at receiver in practice or played the position before Friday night. But Bobcats coach Ken Cribb knew the quarterback, who starts on the junior varsity, knew all the routes.
"Last week he told me he wanted me to play a little bit of receiver to get in the rotation," Heyward said. "This week I just got in and made big plays."
The Bobcats improved to 3-1, enjoying a more relaxed victory after defeating A.C. Flora in overtime last week.
Cribb was wary of the Jaguars after watching film of their loss to Hilton Head Island High School. His defense kept Ridgeland-Hardeeville's spread from finding traction.
The Jaguars threw for 145 yards but were held to minus-14 yards rushing.
And on offense, Bobcats receivers found plenty of room.
"They were tipping their hand when they were sending a safety down and taking another safety and rolling him over top," Cribb said. "A lot of times they were leaving backside corner all alone on man coverage."
Heyward caught scoring passes of 29 and 49 yards. Chance Murphy's touchdown grab went for 47.
After Bluffton's lead was out of reach, Heyward entered at quarterback and ran for a 5-yard touchdown. He came on in relief during the season-opener at Whale Branch and played some defensive back during the Week 2 victory over A.C. Flora.
This was his first stint at receiver.
"He throws and catches, even though I don't put him out to run routes (in practice)," Cribb said. "Because I've got to have him ready at quarterback.
"But he's an athlete. He's a player."
On defense, Bluffton was again without defensive end K.J. Ford, who could be out two more weeks with a broken finger. But Shamiek Blackshear chased down Jaguars quarterback D.J. Myers for two sacks and senior Herbert Daise contained the right end.
Myers finished with minus-45 yards on the ground.
Jaguars coach Blake Raley said he thought his offense might be able to get to the outside, particularly throwing the ball. But several big plays were called back for penalties. Ridgeland-Hardeeville (1-2) was penalized 16 times for 162 yards.
"It's nothing we weren't prepared for," Raley said. "Big plays got us."
R-H 0 0 2 0 -- 2
Bluffton 14 13 7 9 -- 43
B -- Alex Davis 9 run (Ken Mayo kick) 10:02
B -- Chance Murphy 47 pass from Davis (Mayo kick) 4:11
B -- Terrance Heyward 29 pass from Davis (Mayo kick) 6:04
B -- Heyward 49 pass from Davis (pass failed) 2:26
B -- Laquan Washington 12 pass from Davis (Mayo kick ) 9:11
R -- Safety 1:09
B -- Terrance Heyward 5 run (Mayo kick) 8:47
B -- Safety 3:35
First Downs 5 18
Rushes-Yards 31-(-14) 30-114
Comp-Att-Int 8-18-2 12-21-0
Passing Yards 145 226
Punts-Avg 3-45.3 8-33
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 16-162 6-45
Third-Down Conv 0-14 4-10
Fourth-Down Conv 1-2 1-2
PASSING: Ridgeland-Hardeeville -- D.J. Myers 8-17-1-145, Frank Fields 0-1-1; Bluffton -- Alex Davis 10-18-201, Terrance Heyward 2-2-25, Jack Aerni 0-1.
RUSHING: Ridgeland-Hardeeville -- Shawn Wilson 13-45, Josh Fields 4- (-4), Frank Fields 2- (-5), Gavin Bush 1- (-5), Myers 10- (-45); Bluffton -- Davis 5-43, Jae Middleton 5-36, Gerald Roberson 5-15, Laquan Washington 5-12, Heyward 6-5, Javon Mack 1-4, DeQuandre Smalls 2-2, Dheaza Smalls 1- (-3).
RECEIVING: Ridgeland-Hardeeville -- Frank Fields 2-77, Wilson 2-53, Bush 3-13, Andre Devore 1-2; Bluffton -- Heyward 3-104, Chance Murphy 2-63, Washington 2-22, Smalls 2-14, Aerni 1-13, D.J. Dobson 1-13, Roberson 1-(-3).