High School Sports

High school football: Week 7 preview capsules

Quarterback Tyler Fox (25) and Hilton Head Prep open the SCISA Class 1-A football playoffs on Friday night against Holly Hill Academy at Hilton Head Christian Academy.
Quarterback Tyler Fox (25) and Hilton Head Prep open the SCISA Class 1-A football playoffs on Friday night against Holly Hill Academy at Hilton Head Christian Academy. jkarr@islandpacket.com

A capsule look at the area high school football games for Week 7:


Thomas Heyward Academy (4-2) at Hilton Head Prep (3-3), 4:30 p.m.

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Last meeting: Hilton Head Prep won 27-6 in 2014.

Last week: Thomas Heyward Academy beat Orangeburg Prep, 27-6; Hilton Head Pre lost, 30-20, to Colleton Prep.

The skinny: Hilton Head Prep head coach Kevin Wald said his Dolphins are healthy heading into the matchup with the Rebels. Wald said the keys to the game are simple for Prep. "We've got to take better care of the ball and be better in the kicking game," Wald said. Thomas Heyward head coach Nic Shuford said that despite coming off a win and a great week of practice, "It's going to be a test." He is particularly worried about the Dolphins' top athletes: Tyler Fox and Mac Orie. 'We need to get out front early," Shuford said. "That's what we've done the past two weeks -- good defense and a quick 14-0 lead has been great. That's what I'd like to do. I don't know that's going to happen. I envision a dogfight."

Hilton Head Christian (1-4) at Christian Academy (1-5), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Hilton Head Christian won 48-7 in 2014.

Last week: Hilton Head Christian did not play; Christian Academy did not play.

The skinny: Hilton Head Christian Academy head coach Matt Smith said just getting to the game in Myrtle Beach and playing after the long layoff could be a tough task. "If we're able to lock in mentally with the distractions -- not playing for a week, thinking we're going to play, then not playing, then thinking we're going to play, then not playing -- after overcoming that, I think we match up well with them," he said. "We're both young teams, but the trip is daunting." Smith said the team is as healthy as can be expected. "It's relative at this point of the year," he said. On the field, the turnover margin is key, according to Smith. "We have to protect the ball. We can't have turnovers, and we have to do a better job of winning the turnover battle."

St. John's Christian (0-6) at Beaufort Academy (2-4), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: St. John's Christian won 66-42 in 2014.

Last week: St. John's Christian did not play; Beaufort Academy did not play.

The skinny: "We match up well with them but, they're a well-coached team," Eagles had coach Scott Richards said. "At the end of the day, I thimk we're ready. I'm just looking for a good defensive effort. Like the Eagles, St. John's Christian has struggled to put up enough points this season to win games. But Beaufort Academy has done it better and should pick up its third win of the season.

Stall (0-5) at Beaufort (3-2), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Beaufort won 47-0 in 2014.

Last week: Stall did not play; Beaufort did not play.

The skinny: Beaufort still runs its three-back system, but with Jeffrey Tookes missing some time, Wyatt Sherpensky has picked up the slack. The diminutive junior is the top rusher in the county with 747 yards and seven touchdowns on 93 carries, more than Tookes and Omar Cummings, the Eagles' third back, combined. "I think all these kids are competitive," Beaufort head coach Mark Clifford said, "and it's about the work and the schemes and being together on everything we do, as far as running the football. We're still a young team We're more experienced than we were at the beginning of the season. We're going to get better. We're starting to peak, but you don't want to peak to early. But offensive line is the big thing. They're a great group and they have a great attitude."


Hilton Head Island (5-0) at Berkeley (2-3), 6 p.m.

Last meeting: Berkeley won 42-26 in 2014.

Last week: Hilton Head Island did not play; Berkeley did not play.

The skinny: Since their 28-9 win over rival Bluffton, the Seahawks have had a long layoff. This is the part of the season where Hilton Head Island has gotten bogged down the past couple of seasons. "They have beaten us three straight years, and we haven't played in 17 days," Hilton Head Island head coach B.J. Payne said. "We will show up." The Seahawks will be missing a couple of starters on their solid offensive line.


Woodland (1-4) at Ridgeland-Hardeeville (1-4), 6:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Woodland won 33-0 in 2014.

Last week: Woodland did not play; Ridgeland-Hardeeville did not play.

The skinny: Usually tough Woodland has struggled this season. By the time this one kicks off, the Wolverines will not have played in 25 days. This is a good chance for the young Jaguars, who have scored 80 points in their past two games, to earn win No. 2.