Battery Creek High School football coach Jim Shuman learned just before taking the field Friday that his team had been the benefactor of a forfeit in Week Zero and was 1-0.
The Dolphins lost 75-0 at Bluffton High School to open the season. The Bobcats were forced to forfeit the victory for using an ineligible player.
Shuman had mixed emotions about his team's 1-1 record after losing 24-18 to Estill.
"It's unfortunate," Shuman said. "For us, it's I guess a win, technically. But it's still a game we had to play, and we learned from it. Our guys knew about it. I told them right before we came onto the field. They were pushing hard tonight to get that win going."
In addition to the forfeited game, Bluffton was fined $500 and limited to one scrimmage next season.
Beaufort County School District student services director Gregory McCord said the district last week discovered the player's family had falsified information to establish residence in the district. He said the district self-reported the violations to the S.C. High School League and received its response Friday.
Bluffton fell to 0-2 with a 21-8 loss at Effingham County on Friday.
PAYNE FRUSTRATED BY OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES
Hilton Head Island High School coach B.J. Payne's frustration was evident after a tough win over Whale Branch Early College High School on Friday. Standing on the field as his players left it, Payne acknowledged that his Seahawks have a long way to go to be the team he wants it to be.
After storming out to an early lead, the home team couldn't score the rest of the way, hanging on for a 20-6 win but not always looking good doing it. Quarterback Aidan Hegarty made several good throws that were dropped by open receivers, including at least one that almost surely would have gone for a touchdown. Hegarty took a sack and one intentional grounding penalty that was perhaps avoidable. All in all, it was hardly a polished effort by almost everyone on offense.
"The last 42 minutes of the game, they beat us 6-0," Payne said. "We've got to run the ball tougher, we have to block better, we have to catch the ball, we have to step up in the pocket and throw the ball. In all aspects, we have to get better."
With a tough game coming up against West Ashley (55-14 winners in their opener), Payne knows the Seahawks will have to find a way to move the ball more efficiently. That means cleaning up mistakes before they can come back to haunt them.
CLARK PLAYS FOR SEAHAWKS
Receiver DeAngelo Clark played during the Seahawks' victory over Whale Branch after his eligibility came into question last week.
Hilton Head High athletics officials planned to verify Clark's residence last week after The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette reported Clark's mother, Alina Hamilton-Clark, served on the Jasper County school board while her son attended the Beaufort County school.
Beaufort County Schools student services chief Gregory McCord said he would notify the public about any S.C. High School League violation and had nothing to report from Hilton Head High last week. The High School League still listed Clark on its list of accepted transfers.
He had one catch for 12 yards Friday.
VOTE FOR THE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Readers may now vote for the player of the week for Week 1 starting Tuesday afternoon on islandpacket.com or beaufortgazette.com. The winner will be announced Thursday on our Week 2 preview podcast.
Here are the nominees from Week 1:
Tyrone Dilbert, RB, Battery Creek -- Carried 16 times for 145 yards and two scores during a loss to Estill. His touchdown runs were 60 and 52 yards.
Reyn Robinson, RB, Beaufort Academy -- Rushed for 199 yards on only nine carries and added 73 receiving yards during the Eagles' loss to King Academy.
Jeffrey Tookes, RB, Beaufort High -- Junior scored two touchdowns during the Eagles' loss at Colleton County. Added a 2-point conversion for Beaufort High.
Markus Merritt, DT, Hilton Head Island High -- Merritt tallied a sack and player-of-the-game honors for contribution to a dominant defensive line display. Went out for part of the first half with an injury but returned and excelled.
Tyler Fox, QB. Hilton Head Prep -- Threw for two touchdowns and ran for another during the Dolphins' comeback to beat Bethesday Academy.
Desjon Fraser,RB/WR/DB, Ridgeland-Hardeeville -- Had two returns for scores -- on an interception and a kickoff return -- during the Jaguars' 40-16 victory over New Hampstead (Ga.). The win was the first for first-year coach Jahmaal Nelson.
Nyles Pinkney, DE/DT, Whale Branch -- Two fumble recoveries and a tackle for loss in Whale Branch's 20-6 loss at Hilton Head Island High School. Disrupted the flow of the game on defense and stopped Seahawks' potent WR Tyler Hamilton with a highlight-reel tackle from behind.