High School Football

Beaufort County high school football playoff preview capsules


Preview capsules for Friday's high school football playoff games

Class 3-A first round

Aiken (6-4) at Hilton Head Island (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Hilton Head Island lost 24-9 in 1989.

Last week: Aiken idle; Hilton Head Island lost to Hanahan 49-45.

The skinny: Head coach B.J. Payne said Aiken is a good football team that hangs its hat on physical play on both sides.

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"On offense, they try to line up and pound you from one back with an H-back. They don't get fancy, they just try to get 5 to 7 yards a pop. Defensively, the Hornets are a 3-3 team that gets at you from a lot of angles, blitzing usually two every play from anywhere on the field. They are very fast on defense."

Class 3-A first round

Beaufort (5-5) at Midland Valley (6-4), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Beaufort lost 34-7 in 1989.

Last week: Beaufort beat Berkeley 56-42; Midland Valley idle.

The skinny: Midland Valley won their final five games to sweep its region.

"They have a talented QB," Eagles head coach Mark Clifford said. "(D.J. Boyd) is real scary. He makes a lot of big plays."

Clifford said Omar Cummings will carry the ball a lot again this week.

"We're going to give him the ball enough," Clifford said. "The other two backs are looking good, too."

Class 2-A first round

Battery Creek (4-6) at Timberland (8-2), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Last week: Battery Creek lost to Bishop England 42-6; Timberland beat Kingstree 53-6.

The skinny: Timberland runs a 3-5 on defense and a flexbone option on offense. The Dolphins defense will have their hands full, while the offense will still be without star running back Tyrone Dilbert.

Class 2-A first round

Johnsonville (7-3) at Whale Branch (5-5), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Last week: Johnsonville beat Lake Marion 28-22; Whale Branch beat North Charleston 55-12.

The skinny: The Flashes average 36 points a game and give up 24. They're really big on the offensive line, an advantage over the Warriors. They only throw six to eight times a game, usually to the tight end. They have small running backs who block well. The Warriors are finally at full strength.

"We're 100 percent," head coach Jerry Hatcher said. "We have all our guys."

SCISAA Class 1-A second round

Hilton Head Prep (8-3) at R.E. Lee Academy (10-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: N/A

Last week: Hilton Head Prep beat Holly Hill Academy 21-7; R.E. Lee Academy beat Dorchester Academy 40-14.

The skinny: R.E. Lee will run some no-huddle spread, and the Cavaliers will also slow it down and run some wishbone. Prep head coach Kevin Wald said Lee Academy has good size up front. Wald also said the Dolphins are at full strength and healthy.