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'BETTER FOOTBALL TEAM' HANDLES BUSINESS
Beaufort High School football coach Mark Clifford and his staff saw enough of Groves' previous games on video to know the Rebels were athletic.
And with the athletes the visitors brought this past Friday, Clifford didn't want his team to let its guard down.
"They were a scary team," said Clifford, whose team won 37-0. "That's what we tried to tell our kids. We told them 'We're probably the favorites in the games, but good teams beat teams they should beat. You've got to put them out early.'<2
Clifford told the Eagles that Groves had great athletes, "but we've got a better football team." Beaufort High handled a lesser opponent for the second consecutive week after rolling over Aiken in Week 2.
The Eagles will face a stiffer test this week. Cane Bay, from Region 7-AAAA, defeated Summerville in Week 1 and last week dropped Berkeley to improve to 2-1.
"We're still a young team and we've got a lot to learn," Clifford said. "We're getting better every day."
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Thomas Heyward Academy junior defensive lineman Micahel Humbert saw his first action of the season in the fourth quarter in Friday's 49-14 win over Colleton Prep.
Humbert had been out with a knee injury suffered in practice this summer.
"It was his first game back," Rebels coach Nic Shuford said. "It was good to see him on the field."
The War Hawks may not agree. On Humbert's first play, he broke through the Colleton Prep offensive line to sack quarterback Tanner Crosby for a 6-yard loss.
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, PART II
Ridgeland-Hardeeville's KeAndre Frazier, injured in Week 1 at Bluffton and taken off the field on a backboard, returned Friday night after missing the previous game at Hilton Head Island.
"He's good to go. We're going to ease him back into certain roles," Jaguars coach Blake Raley said before Friday's game.
According to Raley, Frazier played about 40 plays total on both sides of the ball and had some big hits in the 16-13 win over Savannah Country Day.
Beaufort High defensive back Kimani Carpenter, who sprained his ankle this past Thursday, should be ready for Cane Bay, Clifford said. ... Whale Branch, which had an open Week 3, returns to action Friday at Denmark-Olar.