High School Football

Bluffton demolishes rival Hilton Head Island High, 80-14

A pair of Bluffton Bobcats corral Hilton Head Island quarterback Michael Julian during Friday night's game in Bluffton.
A pair of Bluffton Bobcats corral Hilton Head Island quarterback Michael Julian during Friday night's game in Bluffton. JAY KARR/The Island Packet

Marquis Webber's Bluffton High School football team had just registered a 66-point win over its rival from Hilton Head Island High School, and yet, the senior receiver wasn't quite satisfied.

"We was honestly going for 100 or more," Webber said. "Just because of all the past, anger and the buildup. The whole stealing the Bobcat and that whole deal. And honestly, just because I think we're a way better team."

Webber will just have to settle for 80 instead.

Bluffton once again ran roughshod over its overmatched rival from Hilton Head High, as the Bobcats ran their record to 6-0 with an 80-14 trouncing of the Seahawks. Webber caught three passes in the victory, all in the second quarter and all for touchdowns.

The win gave Bluffton its fifth consecutive victory in the Bridge Bowl. The Bobcats have outscored their friends from across the river 290-20 in those games.

"Every time we play Hilton Head, we try to put it on them as much as we can," he said. "Full throttle."

The Bobcats settled this one early. Bluffton was already up 14-0 before even Webber got involved, as quarterback C.J. Frazier punched it in from 2 yards out on Bluffton's opening drive before firing a screen pass at the 33 to Demetrius Smalls on the ensuing possession, who promptly cut across the field and into the end zone.

That's when Webber got in on the fun. The veteran receiver hauled in a trio of touchdown passes within a five minute span, the second of which came on fourth and 8 at the Seahawks 10-yard line. A Gerald Roberson touchdown run moments later sent Bluffton into the locker room up 45-0.

"You see how dangerous Marquis is. He's really just unguardable," said Frazier, who finished with six touchdown passes in all. "When you have a guy like that, it's really easy because even when he's covered I can just put the ball somewhere. Demetrius makes big plays out of little things."

The Bobcats' offense was at its usual best, but it was their defense that shined early on. Behind Frazier, Bluffton rolled up over 340 yards in the first half, but their defense stymied coach B.J. Payne's team into just 26 yards at the break.

Quarterback Michael Julian -- whose Seahawks had averaged 45.75 points through their first four games -- finished just 7 of 21 for 57 yards and an interception. Hilton Head High (3-2) didn't reach the end zone until the fourth quarter, when tailback Khalil Lewis punched it in twice from 60 and 40 yards out. Lewis finished with 159 yards on 18 carries.

"They gave up two flukes, I'll give 'em that," Webber quipped. "They were playing hard all game. We've got the best defense in the state."

Coach Ken Cribb said the Bobcats, despite their recent domination in the series, entered with extra motivation after an interesting offseason where the team's mascot was stolen from Bobcat Stadium before a homemade hostage-style video began to circulate around Bluffton High. He also referenced Hilton Head High practicing with the 76-0 score of last year's Bridge Bowl on their scoreboard as an additional factor.

"We were already fired up about the game and then Hilton Head fueled the fire with some motivational things," Cribb said. "They were really confident."

Asked whether he took offense to Bluffton scoring 80 points, coach B.J. Payne paused, then said, "I guess that's just football."

"We're trying to get our program to their level," he added. "Obviously we're not. We're just going to keep taking steps. They're an extremely gifted team offensively and defensively."

Bluffton is off next week before making its Region 8-AAAA debut against Beaufort High on Oct. 5. The Seahawks, meanwhile, will kick off league play at home against Stall.

Bluffton 80, Hilton Head High 14Hilton Head High 0 0 0 14 -- 14Bluffton 14 31 14 21 -- 80


B--C.J. Frazier 2 rush (Mallie Sprouse kick), 7:43.

B--Demetrius Smalls 33 catch from Frazier (Sprouse kick), 0:55.


B--Marquis Webber 6 catch from Frazier (Boni catch), 8:08.

B--Webber 10 catch from Frazier (Smalls catch), 6:53.

B--Webber 9 catch from Frazier (Sprouse kick), 3:26.

B--Gerald Roberson 5 rush (Boni rush), 0:36.


B--Shameik Blackshear 65 fumble return (Sprouse kick), 6:37.

B--Smalls 34 catch from Frazier (Sprouse kick), 2:20.


B--Roberson 16 catch from Frazier (Sprouse kick), 10:48.

B--Tykeem Major 65 rush (Sprouse kick), 6:16.

H--Khalil Lewis 60 rush (Colin White kick), 5:13.

B--B.J. Hill 85 kickoff return (Sprouse kick), 4:56.

H--Lewis 40 rush (White kick), 1:24.

Team Stats


First Downs 11 22

Rushes-Yards 33-187 25-225

Comp-Att-Int 7-21-1 14-23-0

Passing Yards 57 280

Punts-Avg 7-33 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0

Penalties-Yards 13-130 10-70

Third-Down Conv 4-13 3-6

Fourth-Down Conv 2-2 2-3

Individual stats

PASSING: HHH -- Michael Julian 7-21-1-57; BHS -- C.J. Frazier 13-21-0-211, 6 TD, Vinny Boni 1-1-0-69, Marquis Webber 0-1-0-0.

RUSHING: HHH -- Khalil Lewis 18-159, Scott D'Amico 5-19, Michael Julian 6-12, Jamarcus Moradel 4-(-3); BHS -- Tykeem Major 6-95, Marquis Webber 2-56, William Dupont 4-38, Vinny Boni 2-18, Gerald Roberson 5-8, C.J. Frazier 4-7, K.J. Ford 1-3, Alexander Davis 1-0.

RECEIVING: HHH -- Adam Orischak 3-41, James Sanders 1-8, Jonny Dillon 1-5, Jamarcus Moradel 2-3; BHS -- Gerald Roberson 5-129, Demetrius Smalls 3-84, Vinny Boni 2-29, Marquis Webber 3-25, Chance Murphy 1-13.