High School Sports

High School Football Notebook: Warriors, Jaguars hoping to avoid postseason ban

Whale Branch High School athletics director Carlos Cave said he expects to hear from the S.C. High School League today regarding Friday's incident in which the Warriors' home game with Ridgeland High School was stopped with 16 seconds left after players from both sidelines left the bench area and flooded onto the field.

Cave is hopeful the punishment won't include anything as drastic as a ban from the playoffs for either team.

"Looking at the film, there are no punches thrown," Cave said. "It looked bad from the sideline, but there were no punches thrown by either team."

In fact, Cave said the head official told him after the game that he was pleased with the way both coaching staffs acted quickly to separate the players before the skirmish escalated.

A recent S.C. High School League decision on a similar incident would indicate the Jaguars and Warriors might not be banned from the postseason.

The High School League placed Rock Hill and South Pointe high schools on "restrictive probation" and limited the number of preseason scrimmages and jamborees they can participate in after a postgame fight two weeks ago.


Thomas Heyward knew it had big shoes to fill after the graduation of star running back Logan Mock, who rushed for 1,534 yards and 20 touchdowns and 545 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches a year ago.

The Rebels expected junior Ryan Day to pick up a lot of the slack, but he was something of an unknown quantity after missing most of last season with a broken collarbone.

They've gotten more than they bargained for so far.

Day has rushed for 877 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading Thomas Heyward to a 5-0 start. He is averaging 175.4 yards per game, and if he can keep up that pace Friday against First Baptist, he will break the 1,000-yard barrier in just six games.


Tickets for Bluffton's homecoming game Friday night against Cane Bay are on sale at Moe's and Bluffton Pharmacy. They are $6 each.

Athletics director Dave Adams said there will be a parade held prior to the game, so the school is expecting a large crowd to arrive early.


Proving that every vote counts, Beaufort Academy's Jack Griffith barely edged Thomas Heyward's Ryan Day in our player of the week voting last week, getting 47.6 percent of the vote to Day's 46.4 percent.

Day is up for the award again after rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns on three carries and adding a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown in a 48-12 win at Robert E. Lee.

The other nominees are:

  • Torray Amlett, Ridge.: 188 rush yards, 4 TDs in 42-18 win at Whale Branch
  • Tyler Chisholm, HHCA: 62 receiving yards, receiving TD, 40 rush yards, rush TD, 43-yard FG, four PATs in 39-0 win vs. St. Andrew's
  • Michael Grant, Bluff.: Interception return TD, blocked punt for safety
  • Chip Mullen, HHH: 65-yard fumble return TD
  • Frank Washington, WB: 43-yard TD catch, 95-yard interception return TD, fumble recovery
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