Bluffton High School remained undefeated, using its special teams and defense to put away Cane Bay, 28-13, on Friday night in Summerville.
Bluffton, which led 14-13 at halftime, forced five turnovers in the second half. Anthony Smith had two of those turnovers, making a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions. He returned one for a touchdown, capping off the scoring.
Travis Ramsey also had a crucial interception, and Lewis Black finished with 13 tackles for the Bobcats (7-0, 2-0 Region 7-AAA).
"I'm proud of the way the kids competed," Bobcats coach Ken Cribb said. "I said this would be a measuring stick for this team, and I'm pleased with where we are as a program. We just did a fantastic job."
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Punter Mallie Sprouse played a big part in the Bobcats' defensive success, landing six kicks inside Cane Bay's 20-yard line.
The Bobcats took a one-point lead into halftime after Josh Black blocked a punt and Jimmy Tillman returned it for a score.
Desmond Jenkins had a long touchdown run in the first quarter for the Bobcats' opening tally, and C.J. Johnson added another long touchdown run in the third quarter.
Bluffton plays at Battery Creek at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
HILTON HEAD HIGH 24, LAKE MARION 21 (OT)
Weston Mott trotted out on the Seahawks' first offensive play of overtime and kicked the winning 27-yard field goal at Lake Marion.
Hilton Head High had kept Lake Marion off the scoreboard on the Gators' opening possession of overtime.
Mott finished with three field goals, including a 37-yarder in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 21.
The Seahawks led 18-7 at halftime, getting touchdowns from Matt Bex on a 25 -yard run and Desmond Bush on a 33-yard reception from Michael Julian.
Julian completed 11 of 25 passes for 122 yards and no interceptions.
MJ Simmons ran 23 times for 76 yards. Bush caught five passes for 69 yards.
Defensively,the Seahawks forced three turnovers. Kevin Champen had an interception and forced a fumble.
The Seahawks improved to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in Region 7-AAA.
Lake Marion fell to 3-4, 0-2.
BERKELEY 55, BATTERY CREEK 8
Rakheem White racked up five touchdowns as the host Stags kept the Dolphins winless on the season.
Battery Creek (0-6, 0-2 Region 7-AAA) was giving Berkeley a battle in the first half in Moncks Corner, as the teams went into the second quarter in a scoreless tie. But disaster struck before halftime when the Dolphins lost their starting quarterback, tailback and a wide receiver to shoulder injuries. They would not return to the game.
Berkeley (5-2, 2-0) took advantage, outscoring the Dolphins 28-0 in the second quarter and never looking back.
Keenan Wright scored on a 10-yard run late in the fourth quarter to finally put Battery Creek on the board.
The Dolphins host Bluffton at 7:30 p.m. Friday in another region matchup.
RIDGELAND 35, ALLENDALE-FAIRFAX 22
Quarterback Xavier Capers broke off touchdown runs of 53 and 14 yards, leading Ridgeland to an impressive win over Region 5-A powerhouse Allendale-Fairfax.
After jumping out to a 14-8 halftime lead, the Jaguars ate up the third quarter with a 99-yard drive, capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run by Jerry Scott.
In the fourth quarter, Ridgeland cornerback Hamilton Harris stripped the ball from an Allendale-Fairfax running back and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown.
With 4:38 left in the game, Torray Amlett returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown to put the Jaguars up 35-8. Allendale-Fairfax scored two touchdowns late on Ridgeland's second-string defense.
"We had a bad week of practice and I didn't know where we were mentally," Richard Kirkland said. "The kids showed up and starting playing. Big win for the program."
The Jaguars have (4-3, 3-1 Region 5-A) have won three straight.
"We've always had the talent," Kirkland said. "We stopped ourselves in the losses to Bluffton, Wade Hampton and Bamberg. That was Ridgeland stopping Ridgeland."
WHALE BRANCH 45, BRANCHVILLE 10
Stedmon James had 140 yards to lead an overpowering ground attack and help Whale Branch pick up its first Region 5-A win of the season.
The Warriors (4-3, 1-3) piled up 365 rushing yards on 34 carries. Whale Branch had no passing yards, only attempting four throws.
James, the quarterback, scored on runs of 25, 34 and 1 yard. Josh Fields added a 29-yard touchdown and Andrew Byam scored on a 20-yarder in the third quarter. Howard Allen also recovered a James fumble in the end zone for the Warriors.
Travis Mishew returned a fumble 27 yards late in the first half for the lone touchdown for Branchville (1-6, 0-4), which finished with 171 total yards, 155 of it on the ground.
Trey Nelson recorded 15 tackles for the Warriors. Byam made 10 tackles and had a sack, and Devon Mack added eight tackles and a sack for Whale Branch, which plays at Estill at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
HILTON HEAD PREP 46, NORTHWOOD ACADEMY 6
Early scores powered the visiting Dolphins to a big SCISAA Region 2-AA win.
Prep (5-2, 1-1) led 120 after the opening quarter and 33-0 at halftime.
Dolphins quarterback Matt Layman completed 25 of 34 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns.
Dimitri Lowry caught 10 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, Bo Strimpfel caught seven passes for 104 yards and Danny Maggard caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, Prep's Scott D'Amico carried 12 times for 85 yards and a score. Jeremy Haidon also had a rushing touchdown.
D'Amico led the Dolphins' defense with two fumble recoveries, including one returmed 40 yards to the end zone.
Haidon and Zenon Parker had interceptions for Prep.
Northwood dropped to 4-3, 1-1.
HHCA 44, ST. ANDREW'S 26
Luke Sirgo was nearly perfect, going 19 for 22 passing for 270 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions to lead Hilton Head Christian to the win in Savannah.
Ryan Emery was the main recipient of those passes, hauling in nine for 149 yards and two scores. Emery also returned a kickoff -- an onside kick -- 55 yards for a touchdown.
Eric Farr added four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, and Alex Martin had four catches for 42 yards and a score.
JaBrook Tucker led the Eagles (5-1, 2-0 SCISAA Region 2-AA) on the ground with nine carries for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Eagles scored on each of their first-half possessions to take a 20-12 lead at halftime. They stopped the Saints on their opening possession of the second half and went in to score, grabbing momentum for the rest of the game.
"It was a game -- just as I thought it would be -- a very physical, very tough game," Christian Academy coach Tommy Lewis said.
Defensive linemen Kyle Weaver, Cole Malphrus and Ryan Smith each had seven tackles, with Weaver and Malphrus recording two tackles for loss. Clay Oliver led the Eagles with 11 tackles, one for a loss, and J.D. Reichel broke up two passes.
The Eagles host Northwood Academy at 7 p.m. Friday.
JAMES ISLAND CHRISTIAN 39, BEAUFORT ACADEMY 8
Beaufort Academy failed to capitalize on some golden opportunities and had a few crucial lapses on defense to let James Island Christian run away with the victory in Charleston.
The Eagles (1-6, 0-3 SCISAA 8-man Region 2) came up empty on four possessions inside the James Island Christian 10-yard line, done in by penalties. On defense, according to head coach Wheatley Alford, there were three defensive breakdowns by the Eagles that resulted in long scoring plays for the host team.
James Island Christian (4-3, 3-1) built a 26-0 lead through three quarters. The Eagles finally broke through in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Gibson Achurch to Jack Griffith.
Achurch was 15 for 29 passing for 118 yards. He also rushed for 48 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, Griffith had seven tackles and three fumble recoveries. Matthew Bass added eight tackles.
"The game could have been a lot different, but the final score is what it is," Eagles coach Wheatley Alford said. "We just gotta regroup and get ready to play Ridge Christian at their field."
Beaufort Academy takes on Ridge Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday seeking its first region win.