High School Sports

High School Football Notes: Up-and-down Eagles aiming for complete game

Beaufort High School football coach Mark Clifford praised his defense Friday after the Eagles snapped a two-game losing skid, saying the unit had bailed out the offense.

The Eagles shut out West Ashley 13-0, but Clifford expressed concerns with how his team moved the ball. Beaufort High finished with only 112 yards of offense, with 45 coming on one D'Vonta Cohen run late in the game.

Both the Eagles' scoring drives started after they recovered fumbles deep in Wildcats' territory.

"I'm very disappointed in both the offense and myself," Clifford said. "We have great weapons. It's a confidence thing, I think. ...We're just not taking advantage of situations on offense, and it's kind of steamrolled."

But Clifford said he was pleased with the victory. And in addition to what might have been the defense's best performance of the season, special teams recovered a muffed punt and averaged 43 yards per punt from senior Kyle Clark.

The Eagles (3-2) hit the road for the next two games, both against non-region opponents.

"We'll have the same practice schedule we had last week and try to put another win together," Clifford said. "We've got to play a complete game. We haven't played a complete game this year."


Hilton Head Christian has picked up impressive wins in back-to-back weeks -- following a victory against defending SCISAA Class 2-A champion Thomas Sumter a week ago, the Eagles held on for a 21-7 victory Friday night against 3-A power Augusta Christian.

But there are still improvements to be made, Eagles coach Tommy Lewis stressed following Friday's win. More specifically, Lewis said, strides need to be made offensively if the Eagles are to keep their winning streak alive. They rushed for only 28 yards on 21 carries against Augusta Christian and completed less than half of their pass attempts, though Caleb Lewis did throw a pair of touchdown passes to Alex Martin.

"We have things to improve on, particularly on offense," Tommy Lewis said. "I just think we're not clicking yet."

In the meantime, the offensive and defensive lines have helped carry the Eagles to a 3-1 start to the season. The most experienced groups on the team, Lewis expected the lines to take on a bigger role this season, and they have done exactly that.

"In my opinion, we have one of the best in SCISAA, and that always gives you a fighting chance," Lewis said.


Another round of top performers from Friday night's games have been posted to our Facebook page, and now it's the fans' turn to vote for the player who impressed them most. A record 863 votes were cast last week, with Beaufort Academy's Gibson Achurch edging Thomas Heyward's J.D. Tuten for the top spot.

This week's nominees are:

  • D'Vonta Cohen, Beaufort High: 95 rushing yards, 2 TDs in 13-0 win vs. West Ashley
  • Ryan Day, Thomas Heyward: 207 rushing yards, 5 TDs in 39-20 win over St. John's Christian
  • Jack Griffith, Beaufort Academy: 316 yards from scrimmage, 6 total TDs (2 rush, 2 receiving, 1 punt return, 1 passing) in 54-30 win at Andrew Jackson
  • Jeremy Haidon, Hilton Head Prep: 102 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 91 passing yards, passing TD in 31-6 win at Bible Baptist
  • Alex Martin, Hilton Head Christian: 6 catches, 108 yards, 2 TDs (broke school record for career TD catches) in 21-7 win vs. Augusta Christian
  • Go to www.facebook.com/IPBGsports to cast your vote. Voting will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and the official results will run on the Preps Plus page in Friday's sports section.