Beaufort High running back Eric Blakely and Thomas Heyward Academy back Seth Jones are the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Players of the Week for Week 7.
Eric Blakely carried the ball 16 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' 35-27 win over county rival Bluffton in the Region 8-AAAA opener for both teams. Blakely's third touchdown was a 58-yard scamper that gave the Eagles (6-1, 1-0) a much-needed cushion in the fourth quarter.
Seth Jones was the go-to guy for the Rebels (5-2, 1-0 SCISAA Region 2-AA) in their 41-35 win at Hilton Head Prep. Taking over in the second half for injured quarterback Davis Owens, Jones rushed 39 times for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones also completed two passes for 55 yards, including a 38-yarder on fourth-and-16 and the game-winning 17-yard touchdown pass to Collin Roach with 7.6 seconds remaining in the game.
Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette Player of the Week
Week 7: RB Eric Blakely, Beaufort High; RB/QB Seth Jones, Thomas Heyward Academy
Week 6: RB Deo'Vonte Doe, Hilton Head Christian Academy
Week 5: RB/DL Poona Ford, Hilton Head Island High School
Week 4: RB Reyn Robinson, Beaufort Academy
Week 3: QB Alex Davis, Bluffton High School
Week 2: RB Khalil Lewis, Hilton Head Island High School
Week 1: WR/DB Aaron Frazier, Hilton Head Island High School; RB/LB Teron Daley Hilton Head Prep
Week 0: LB Craven Howard, Ridgeland-Hardeeville