Prep Football Roundup, Sept. 24

Augusta Christian 27, Hilton Head Christian 19

Hilton Head Christian saw its 15-game win streak snapped with a road loss to Augusta Christian.

After falling behind 21-0 at halftime, the Eagles came back strong with 19 second-half points but couldn't complete the comeback.

"We admittedly were a little overwhelmed in the first half," Hilton Head Christian coach Tommy Lewis said. "They were up 21-0 and just started to run the ball and get the clock going. We regrouped at halftime and were able to gain a lot of the momentum back. We had the ball when time ran out, on the plus side of the 50. We just ran out of time."

The Eagles' new-found running game hit its first bump in the road. Running back JaBrook Tucker was limited to 37 yards on 10 carries and quarterback Luke Sirgo was held to 28 yards on five attempts.

Sirgo did still have the magic touch through the air though, throwing for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 14 of 21 passing.

Alex Martin was the leading receiver with 118 yards on five catches. Ryan Emery had 42 yards and two TDs on four catches.

On defense, linebacker Clay Oliver led the way with six tackles. Zach Reynolds, Devan Fitzhugh, J.D. Reichel and Ryan Emery each had five tackles. Martin also had an interception.

It was HHCA's first loss since its 2009 season opener.

The Eagles (3-1) will host Palmetto Christian next Friday.

Ridgeland 41, Branchville 7

Torray Amlett returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for another big rushing day for Ridgeland.

Amlett finished with two touchdowns. It's the second week in a row he's opening the game with a long touchdown run.

Jerry Scott also ran in two touchdowns. Other rushing TDs were scored by Shaquille Grant and Jacob Ferguson.

"We made some mistakes early but the kids are excited for the win," Ridgeland coach Richard Kirkland said. "It's our first region win, so we're going to take it as just that."

Ridgeland (2-3) will host Whale Branch next Friday.

Wade Hampton 64, Battery Creek 6

Battery Creek coach Carlos Cave knew what was coming. There just wasn't anything he could do about it.

Wade Hampton used its big running backs to run over the winless Dolphins, handing Battery Creek its most lopsided loss of the season.

"They lined up and smashed us in the mouth for four quarters," Cave said. "There's no secret right now about where we're weak at. They slammed the ball right at us all night."

Running back Brent Johnson scored Battery Creek's only touchdown on a 25-yard run. The Dolphins had four turnovers with three interceptions and a lost fumble.

Battery Creek (0-5) will host Cane Bay next Friday.

Thomas Heyward 54, St. John's 30

Logan Mock rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, leading the Rebels to their third win of the season.

Quarterback JD Tuten also had a big night, rushing for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for 101 yards and a touchdown on 5 of 9 passing.

The Rebels led 28-6 at halftime but gave up 24 points in the second half.

"We had a pretty good offensive effort tonight," Thomas Heyward coach Nic Shuford said. "We controlled the ball well and put together some pretty long drives. We just have to tighten up on defense."

Thomas Heyward (3-2) will host Robert E. Lee next Friday.

Andrew Jackson 46, Beaufort Academy 34

After spotting Andrew Jackson 24 points in the first quarter, Beaufort Academy fought its way back to take the lead in the third quarter on a school-record 98-yard touchdown run by Nathan Akers.

The Eagles ran out of gas down the stretch though, suffering their fourth loss of the season in SCISAA 8-man football.

"We came out very lethargic," Beaufort Academy coach Wheatley Alford said. "I'm not sure what happened but the kids came out sleep-walking. ... We just got worn down in the fourth quarter. Their running attack was very, very successful."

Akers finished with 288 all-purpose yards, rushing for 188 yards on six carries with two TDs. Quarterback Gibson Achurch threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 7 of 16 passing.

Billy Dailey caught a 42-yard touchdown pass and Leif Koppernaes hauled in a 15-yard TD pass.

On defense, Matt Bass had 18 tackles and Jack Griffith had eight tackles and forced a fumble.

Bennett Fultz also had another big game. He made 14 tackles, returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown, had an interception and broke up two other passes.

Beaufort Academy (1-4) travels to Patrick Henry next Friday.