Whale Branch 48, Bethune-Bowman 22
The Warriors pushed their record back over the .500 mark with a punishing ground attack, as they racked up 299 rushing yards on 38 carries.
Andrew Byam led the way for Whale Branch (5-4 overall, 2-4 Region 5-A), picking up 138 yards and three touchdowns on just six attempts. Josh Fields added 62 yards on 12 carries. Fields also had three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Stedmon James was 5 for 7 passing for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Dee Delaney had a 20-yard TD catch. Devon Mack added a 9-yard TD run.
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Mack blocked a punt and returned it 42 yards for a score as the Warriors took a 21-8 lead after one quarter. He also had nine tackles.
Byam led the defense with 13 tackles. Devonte Brown added 12.
Bethune-Bowman (1-8, 0-6) finished with 149 rushing yards and 180 passing.
Whale Branch wraps up the regular season Friday at region-leading Bamberg-Ehrhardt.
Hardeeville 48, Branchville 12
Jarrell Knighton rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, keeping Hardeeville's playoff hopes alive.
Michael Kinlaw rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, Brandon Blackshear had 66 yards and a touchdown and Devontae Doe-Jackson had 60 yards and a touchdown.
The Hurricanes (5-4, 5-1 Region 5-A) will travel to Ridgeland next Friday. The winner of that game will qualify for the Class 1-A state playoffs.
Ridgeland 33, Estill 16
Ridgeland posted its fifth straight win, improving to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the Region 5-A standings. The Jaguars will host Hardeeville next Friday. The winner of that game will advance to the Class 1-A state playoffs.
Hilton Head Prep 53, First Baptist 8
The Dolphins jumped out early in Charleston, racking up 47 first-half points, and cruised from there.
Prep's starters saw limited action after halftime, as the team was able to rest up for next week's showdown with Hilton Head Christian. The clash between the SCISAA Region 2-AA front-runners will be played at 3 p.m. Friday at Hilton Head Prep.
Tommie Peeples' fumble recovery in the end zone accounted for the only points of the second half for the Dolphins (7-2 overall, 3-1 region).
First Baptist (0-10, 0-4) notched its only points in the fourth quarter.
Prep starting quarterback Matt Layman was 8 for 12 passing for 141 yards, with touchdown throws to Danny Maggard and Alex Orford. Sophomore Jeremy Haidon was 6 of 9 passing for 107 yards. He also ran for a touchdown.
Scott D'Amico had two carries for 46 yards and a score. Teron Daley had 46 yards rushing and a touchdown on four carries. Colin White added a rushing touchdown for Prep.
Zen Wiggins, Bo Strimpfel, Dimitri Lowry and Orford each had two receptions, with Wiggins leading the way with 48 yards.
Orford had two interceptions on defense, returning one for a touchdown. Zenon Parker also picked off a pass for the Dolphins.
Clarendon Hall 61, Beaufort Academy 28
The Eagles put up some solid numbers on offense, but bogged down several times inside the red zone. Head coach Wheatley Alford said his team had four trips inside the 10-yard line where they came away empty-handed because of self-inflicted penalties.
"We had trouble offensively, not putting the ball in the end zone," Alford said. "We moved the ball very well tonight."
The game started out well enough for the Eagles, as they forced Clarendon Hall to a three-and-out on its first series and promptly found the end zone on the ensuing possession. But Clarendon Hall (7-2, 5-0 SCISAA 8-man Region 2) was rarely denied after that.
"From that point on, they had their will," Alford said.
Nathan Akers had a big game on the ground for Beaufort Academy (2-7, 1-4), piling up 146 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Quarterback Gibson Achurch completed 18 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Billy Dailey was his top target, making four catches for 105 yards and a score. Leif Koppernaes added three catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Jack Griffith and Matt Bass had 12 tackles each, Dailey added five tackles and an interceptions, and freshman Brandon Massalon had a fumble recovery for the Eagles, who host Faith Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday in their season finale.