High School Football

High School Football Notes, Sept. 17: Eagles QB hampered by painful hip

Ben Vaigneur sat on the tailgate of a pickup truck Friday after Beaufort High School's home loss to Cane Bay, preparing to leave the parking lot after a long night on the field.

Time would tell the extent of a hip injury the Eagles quarterback aggravated during the second quarter.

Two things Beaufort High football head coach Mark Clifford knows: Vaigneur is a leader. And his backup, Shuler Black, is capable if called on again.

Vaigneur was hurt on the Eagles' first drive of the second quarter, when running back JaClay Mixon broke free on the first play on his way to a 60-yard touchdown run. Vaigneur sold his fake, and then followed Mixon downfield to block.

The quarterback remained on the ground after the play ended and was tended to by an athletic trainer. He would return, but with a noticeable limp.

Clifford didn't know Vaigneur's status immediately following the game, except to confirm his quarterback was hurt.

"He's a great leader, and he's going to block somebody," Clifford said. "He's not going to carry out a fake and just stay there."

The sophomore Black led the Eagles during the fourth quarter and connected twice with receiver Thomas Parker, the first for an 11-yard gain and the second, on Beaufort High's final drive, a 20-yard completion that helped Beaufort High move into striking distance.

"He threw some good balls, handled the ball well," Clifford said. "I was proud of him for stepping in and doing that".

Beaufort High slipped to 2-2 with the loss to the Cobras.

The Eagles play host to Carolina Forest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


"Offense, defense, special teams," Battery Creek head coach Jim Shuman said of the Dolphins' versatile star Yuneek Crittendon. "He puts it all out there."

But can he kick?

Battery Creek was actually pretty close to finding out during Friday's 39-18 win over Garrett Tech Academy that ended the Dolphins' 13-game losing streak.

"Tonight, actually, he was our backup kicker," Shuman said.

Shuman said Battery Creek had lost its first two kickers -- one to an injury and another to a concussion. Porter Mahan kicked for the Dolphins on Friday, making one of three point-after attempts.

"We had to go to our third kicker, who did a great job," Shuman said. "But we would have had to gone to Crittendon if he went down."


Senior Justin Frazier returned from a dislocated kneecap to shore up the Battery Creek offensive line Friday. But as soon as he returned, another Dolphin lineman went down.

"He came back, and three or four plays in, we lost the guy right next to him, Shakill Gause, to a high ankle sprain. So we get one back and we lose one."

Shuman said Gause's ankle sprain was serious.

"We're not sure if he'll play next week or not," he said.


Fans can visit www.facebook.com/IPBGsports and vote for their candidate for Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette Player off the Week.

The fan vote constitutes one off five votes cast each week.

This week's candidates include:

  • Battery Creek's Yuneek Crittendon: Had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and an interception in a 39-18 win over Garrett Academy Tech.
  • Beaufort Academy's Reyn Robinson: He carried 20 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns and had a sack and a blocked kick in a 56-14 loss to Cathedral Academy.
  • Beaufort High's JaCay Mixon carried 27 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-20 loss to Cane Bay.
  • Bluffton's C.J. Frazier: He completed 14 of 21 passes for 306 yards and six touchdowns in a 50-0 win over James Island.
  • Bluffton's Marquis Webber: He made five receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-0 win over James Island.
  • Hilton Head Christian's Brad Meccariello: Caught four passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more TDs in a 53-37 win at Northwood Academy.
  • Hilton Head Island High's Khalil Lewis: Ran for 201 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-28 win at Wade Hampton.
  • Ridgeland-Hardeeville's Deo'vonte Doe: He carried 28 times for 221 yards and a touchdown in a 33-12 win over Burke.
  • Thomas Heyward's JD Tuten: Carried six times for 148 yards and three touchdowns, completed 4 of 7 passes for 47 yards in a 55-0 win at Robert E. Lee Academy.
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