High School Sports

Hilton Head High tops Hardeeville for first win

In the midst of a season filled with turmoil, the Hilton Head High football team finally found a positive note Friday night.

The Seahawks earned their first win of the season, 28-12 against Hardeeville High School, in head coach Tim Singleton's return to the Seahawks' sideline after he served a school-imposed two-week suspension for using ineligible players.

Michael Julian threw a career-high four touchdown passes -- including two to Robbie Iulo -- to lead his team to its highest scoring output of the season.

Singleton politely declined postgame comment and instructed his players not to speak with the media, a stance he has taken since returning Monday from his two-week suspension.

One of the players he played in the team's season opener, Philip Harris, was later deemed ineligible to play at Hilton Head High because his transfer from Hardeeville did not meet the S.C. High School League's criteria for a bona-fide move.

Harris returned to Hardeeville's team last week and made his season debut with the Hurricanes on Friday night at Hilton Head Island Community Stadium. After sitting out the first three offensive series of the night, he led the Hurricanes (0-3) to both of their scoring drives, and he did most of the damage himself.

Harris rushed for 127 yards on 15 carries and scored Hardeeville's first touchdown of the year on a 58-yard scramble. He completed 2 of 10 passes and threw three interceptions.

"I felt like I came back home," Harris said of his return to the Hurricanes. "They welcomed me over here. I just felt comfortable.

"It kind of hurt me in the beginning when I left (Hilton Head High). It was tough. But it's all about my future and what I have to do for myself sometimes."

Harris took his time making his way through postgame handshakes and hugged several of his former Hilton Head High teammates. Hurricanes coach Blake Raley said the High School League told him earlier this week Harris was eligible to play at Hardeeville.

The Seahawks (1-3) played their most complete game of the season in the win. The defense forced six turnovers in the game, including five in the first half.

"It was hard for us to rebound," Raley said. "We shot ourselves in the foot. We can't give teams opportunities like that."

The Seahawks scored twice off turnovers in the first half. Although Julian completed only 12 of 28 passes, four of them were touchdowns of 15 yards or more.

Iulo caught the game's first touchdown late in the first quarter, and James Sanders and Adam Orischak caught touchdowns of 52 and 28 yards, respectively, to give the Seahawks a 21-0 halftime lead.

Iulo added a 32-yard touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter to put the game away.