High School Football

A look at what's at stake in Week 10

With the high school football season winding down, five of the area's eight games have playoff implications.

Here's a look at what's at stake:

Thomas Heyward Academy at Colleton Prep

This game affects not only the two teams involved, but Hilton Head Prep as well, in SCISAA Region II-A.

With a win, Colleton Prep (4-0) will win the region crown outright. In this scenario, Hilton Head Prep (4-1) would finish second in the region and Thomas Heyward (3-1) third.

Should Thomas Heyward win by 15 or more, the Rebels would win the region, Hilton Head Prep would be second and Colleton Prep is third.

If Thomas Heyward wins by less than 15 points, Hilton Head Prep would claim the region title, and Colleton Prep would be third.

The Dolphins have already clinched a home first-round playoff game.

Battery Creek at Whale Branch

This game is a good indicator just how up in air Region 6-AA still is.

Battery Creek (2-1) and Whale Branch (2-1) still have a shot at the region crown if Bishop England (3-0) drops a game.

But that, of course, hinges on a win in this rivalry game.

"The game is huge in terms of the playoff picture," Dolphins head coach Jim Shuman said. "A win or loss will directly effect if we are home or away. We also have a chance to win the region with a victory over the Warriors and then Bishop England next week. It's definitely a must-win game for us."

Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Beaufort

Hilton Head Island at Stall

Beaufort, Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Berkeley are all tied at 1-2 in a group behind Region 8-AAA leaders Hilton Head Island and Hanahan, which are both 3-0.

Should the Seahawks beat Stall (0-3) on Friday night, it would likely set up a winner-take-all game for the region title next week against Hanahan at home if the Hawks beat Berkeley. That would be the biggest regular-season game in recent Hilton Head Island history.

A loss to O-W at home for Beaufort would put the Eagles behind the eight ball. Though it's not a lock, it's almost certain the Eagles will find themselves relying on some sort of tiebreaker if they don't win their final two games against O-W and Berkeley.

Bluffton at Colleton County

Bluffton (0-2) has had a solid season, but injuries have taken their toll.

Though they could still make the playoffs, in all likelihood the Bobcats need to beat Colleton County (0-3) this week and Summerville (1-1) next week to guarantee a postseason bid.

Week 10

Friday's games

Whale Branch at Battery Creek, 7:30 p.m.

Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Beaufort, 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton at Colleton County, 7:30 p.m.

Hilton Head Island at Stall, 7:30 p.m.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville at Edisto, 7:30 p.m.

John Paul II at Beaufort Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Hilton Head Prep at Hilton Head Christian, 7 p.m.

Thomas Heyward Academy at Colleton Prep, 7 p.m.

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