High School Sports

High school football Week 8 preview capsules

Preview capsules for Friday's high school football games featuring area teams:


Battery Creek (2-4, 1-0) at North Charleston (5-1, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Battery Creek won 24-0 in 2014.

Last week: Battery Creek beat Garrett 25-20; North Charleston lost 19-0 to Academic Magnet.

The skinny: According to Dolphins head coach Jim Shuman, North Charleston's strong defensive line plays differently than any team Battery Creek has seen this season.

As a result, Shuman said, "If our offensive line doesn't block well, we can't win. It's that simple. They need to block well. It all comes down to that."

Dolphins standout running back Tyrone Dilbert is dealing with a nagging bruise he got when another player stepped on his foot.


Beaufort (4-2, 1-0) at Hilton Head Island (6-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Beaufort won 28-14 in 2014.

Last week: Beaufort beat Stall 63-6; Hilton Head Island beat Berkeley 73-52.

The skinny: The two teams combined for 136 points last week and more than 1,000 yards of offense. Beaufort has scored 60-plus points in two straight games. But a hunch says this won't be a shootout.


Ashley Ridge (7-0, 1-0) at Bluffton (5-2), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Ashley Ridge won 44-14 in 2014.

Last week: Ashley Ridge beat Colleton County 18-14; Bluffton was idle.

The skinny: With Cameron Bent out for the season with a knee injury and Terrance Heyward staying at wide receiver, the Bobcats will go with their third starting quarterback of the season, Hunter Eldridge.

"Hunter throws a great ball," Bluffton head coach Ken Cribb said. "With the receivers we have, (he) could be very proficient to balance with our run game."

Cribb called Ashley Ridge a "very well-rounded team and well-coached."

Receiver Tyrese Sandgren will be back for the Bobcats. He was banged up in the loss to Hilton Head Island.


Ridgeland-Hardeeville (1-5, 0-1) at Wade Hampton (3-4, 0-2), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Ridgeland-Hardeeville won 20-17 in 2014.

Last week: Ridgeland-Hardeeville lost 35-0 to Woodland; Wade Hampton lost to Silver Bluff 28-9.

The skinny: Time is running out if the Jaguars have any expectation of making the playoffs. Jahmaal Nelson's crew has its work cut out for it.


Whale Branch (2-4, 0-1) at Academic Magnet (6-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Whale Branch won 63-6 in 2014.

Last week: Whale Branch lost 26-21 to Bishop England' Academic Magnet beat North Charleston 19-0.

The skinny: According to Warriors head coach Jerry Hatcher, Academic Magnet is a running team that averages 39 points and gives up just six.

"(They're well-coached," Hatcher said. "(They) defeated North Charleston 19-0 last week. We have to start playing within our defensive scheme and stop trying to make things happen individually."


Beaufort Academy (3-4, 2-3) at Coastal Christian (6-1, 5-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Beaufort Academy won 56-30 in 2014.

Last week: Beaufort Academy beat St. John's Christian 20-0; Coastal Christian beat Patrick Henry Academy 34-32.

The skinny: Coastal Christian is much-improved over last year (0-10) and is coming off of a big win over Patrick Henry.

"I believe that we can play with them," BA head coach Scott Richards said. "The main focus will be to stay disciplined on defense. That is the key -- team defense, know responsibilities and execute those responsibilities. They are a read option team so we have to play under control and tackle."

With SCISAA canceling BA's potential makeup game with Charleston Collegiate, Richards feels the Eagles must win out to reach the playoffs.


Hilton Head Christian (2-4, 0-3) at Thomas Heyward Academy (4-4, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Hilton Head Christian won 37-12 in 2014.

Last week: Hilton Head Christian beat Christian Academy 20-0; Thomas Heyward Academy lost 14-0 to Hilton Head Prep.

The skinny: The Eagles found some things that worked last week.

"We were able to run the ball last week and that set up our passing game as opposed to vice versa," HHCA head coach Matt Smith said. "We need to be able to bend but not break against THA. We won the turnover margin last week and we will need to replicate that again this week if we want to win."

The Rebels will have to regroup after being shut down by Hilton Head Prep.


St. Andrew's (2-5, 1-2) at Hilton Head Prep (4-3, 3-1), 4 p.m.

Last meeting: Hilton Head Prep won 20-0 in 2014.

Last week: St. Andrew's lost 34-6 to Bethesda Academy; Hilton Head Prep beat Thomas Heyward Academy 14-0.

The skinny: The Dolphins defense shut down Thomas Heyward Academy, and it will be a tough act to follow.

"I told the coaches and team that I thought it was the best defensive performance since I've been here," Prep head coach Kevin Wald said. "I challenged the team, 'Can we keep that up?' For us to win this week we need to take care of the ball. St. Andrew's runs the triple option and will try to keep the ball away from us so we can't give them extra possessions."

The Dolphins are healthy and have a shot at a No. 1 playoff seed.


Cathedral Academy (1-5, 1-4) at John Paul II (1-6, 1-4), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Last week: Cathedral Academy lost 62-14 to Ridge Christian; John Paul II was idle.

The skinny: This may be the Golden Warriors' best chance for a win from here on out.