As the high school football season enters Week 9, there's no doubt who the area's hottest team is.
At 7-0, Hilton Head Island is ranked No. 8 in Class 3-A.
But things are getting warmer at Battery Creek, too.
After an 0-4 start, he Dolphins have won three straight and are playoff contenders with a 2-0 Region 6-AA record. But they will face a tough test Friday night as they host Academic Magnet (6-1, 1-1).
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"We can make it four in a row," said Battery Creek head coach Jim Shuman. "We haven't actually trailed in a game since the loss to Beaufort. Teams have been close, but we have come out in each of our three wins to secure an early touchdown on the opening drive and set the tone for the game."
Shuman said that despite some key injuries, the Dolphins have had a good week of practice.
"I feel like we are prepared," Shuman said. "The Raptors are 6-1, so they are a good team. ... We can't underestimate them."
Battery Creek's three-game win streak has come with star running back Tyrone Dilbert hobbled by a sore foot. He will be a game-time decision.
"The team understands that they must all play for each other," Shuman said. "We constantly talk about the team effort and how no one guy can win without the next. We have several players that have stepped up and picked up the load in Tyrone's absence."
One such player is Alterell Chatman, who rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 33-16 win at North Charleston.
"Al is a tremendous asset," Shuman said. "He is a competitor that truly gives his all for the team. His size wears on people and his experience allows him to see things that younger players don't see.
"He and Tyrone are great on-the-field coaches, so we can't ever overlook how important he is."
Battery Creek's final three games are at home, giving it a boost down the stretch, and the Dolphins feel they have as good a shot as anyone in the region.
"I feel we have a very strong chance to advance to the playoffs," Shuman said. "I don't see any reason why we can't make in this year. Our team has goals that we are striving hard to achieve, and that is certainly one of them."
Academic Magnet at Battery Creek, 7:30 p.m.
Barnwell at Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 7:30 p.m.
Beaufort at Hanahan, 7:30 p.m.
Bluffton at Fort Dorchester, 7:30 p.m.
Charleston Collegiate at John Paul II, 7:30 p.m.
Curtis Baptist at Thomas Heyward Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Garrett at Whale Branch, 7:30 p.m.
Hilton Head Christian at St. Andrew's, 7:30 p.m.
Hilton Head Island at Fort Dorchester, 7:30 p.m.
Hilton Head Prep at Dorchester Academy, 7:30 p.m.