High School Football

Capsule looks at Friday’s high school matchups

MAY RIVER AT BLUFFTON

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: May River 0-1; Bluffton 1-0.

LAST WEEK: May River lost its debut game 47-13 at Hanahan; Bluffton beat Screven County (Ga.) 32-25 in the Erk Russell Classic.

LAST YEAR: First meeting.

EXTRA POINTS: Not only is it the first meeting ever between first-year May River and the school it spun off from, it’s the first of two this season. They’ll meet again in region play Sept. 30. ... May River showed extraordinary takeaway ability in its debut, with Ridge Dowe’s fumble return for a TD one of five turnovers forced by the Sharks. ... Bluffton arrives confident after its comeback win in Georgia, trailing by 15 midway through the third quarter. RB Cam Bent could see his first action back from a knee injury.

BEAUFORT AT BATTERY CREEK

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Beaufort 1-0; Battery Creek 0-1.

LAST WEEK: Beaufort defeated Wando 26-17; Battery Creek lost to Swansea 46-27.

LAST YEAR: Beaufort 27, Battery Creek 14.

EXTRA POINTS: The Eagles have won the past 10 meetings in the rivalry. Battery Creek’s last win came in 2003 — a year after coach Fred Hamilton’s first stint with the Dolphins and a year before Mark Clifford arrived at Beaufort. ... The Eagles leaned on their strength in beating Wando, with three rushing TDs from Wyatt Sherpensky and one from Omar Cummings. ... Battery Creek is just 1-3 in its past four home openers, the lone victory coming against Whale Branch in 2013.

WHALE BRANCH AT HILTON HEAD

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Whale Branch 0-0 (6-6 in 2015); Hilton Head 0-0 (11-2 in 2015).

LAST WEEK: Both teams were idle.

LAST YEAR: Hilton Head 49, Whale Branch 0.

EXTRA POINTS: It’s the season opener for the only area teams that sat out the season’s opening week. It’s the third consecutive year Whale Branch has started late, as coach Jerry Hatcher prefers to play without an open date. ... The Warriors offer their first look at a more diverse offense, with more pass calls in the playbook. Sophomore Marion Smalls gets the nod at quarterback. ... Hilton Head also breaks in a new QB, with Collin Kaiser stepping into the role vacated by record-setting Aidan Hegarty (Boston College).

ESTILL AT RIDGELAND-HARDEEVILLE

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Estill 0-1; Ridgeland-Hardeeville 1-0.

LAST WEEK: Estill lost to Allendale-Fairfax 24-2; Ridgeland-Hardeeville beat Thomas Heyward 35-6.

LAST YEAR: Estill 22, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 0.

EXTRA POINTS: So much for needing time to let Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s offense work out the kinks. The Jaguars broke three TD runs of at least 40 yards in their weather-shortened romp against Thomas Heyward. ... Kamrin Williams, Cedric Hunt and Freddie Aiken all amassed more than 70 yards rushing on the night. ... Estill, competing in Class 1A, has scored less than 10 points in four of its past five outings.

HILTON HEAD PREP AT THOMAS HEYWARD

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Hilton Head Prep 0-1; Thomas Heyward 0-1.

LAST WEEK: Hilton Head Prep lost to Orangeburg Prep 29-14; Thomas Heyward lost to Ridgeland-Hardeeville 35-6.

LAST YEAR: Hilton Head Prep 14, Thomas Heyward 0.

EXTRA POINTS: It’s been a series of streaks in recent years. Prep has won the past two, preceded by three straight Rebels victories. And Prep won the three before that. ... Though the Dolphins struggled to stop Orangeburg Prep’s ground attack, Blake Solie provided a highlight with a 70-yard fumble return for a TD. ... Logan Thomas threw for 60 yards in Thomas Heyward’s weather-shortened loss to Ridgeland-Hardeeville. Bret Mixson accounted for 40 yards in receptions.

HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Hilton Head Christian 1-0; First Presbyterian 0-1.

LAST WEEK: Hilton Head Christian beat John Paul II 26-21; First Presbyterian lost to Westwood (Ga.) 28-14.

LAST YEAR: First meeting.

EXTRA POINTS: James Bartholomew did a little bit of everything in HHCA’s opening victory, finding the end zone on both a kickoff return and punt return, making a fumble recovery and adding 46 yards on the ground. ... Bartholomew’s fumble recovery was one of five turnovers forced by the Eagles’ defense against John Paul II. ... First Presbyterian, in Hinesville, Ga., is in its fifth season of varsity football, having won just four games in its first four campaigns. The Highlanders have lost six of their past seven.

ST. ANDREW’S AT JOHN PAUL II

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: St. Andrew’s 1-0; John Paul II 0-1.

LAST WEEK: St. Andrew’s blanked Palmetto Christian 27-0; John Paul II lost to Hilton Head Christian 26-21.

LAST YEAR: First meeting.

EXTRA POINTS: Five turnovers proved too much to overcome in the Golden Warriors’ first contest playing 11-man football. Nonetheless, coach Kevin Wald saw more positives than negatives in the close result. ... RB Rashad Battiste made a huge splash in his first contest, rushing for 239 yards and a pair of TDs. Of course, he’s no longer a secret. ... Though St. Andrew’s is located in Savannah, the school is a SCISA member and plays all four area schools. The Lions have won their past three regular-season games.

BEAUFORT ACADEMY AT CLARENDON HALL

KICKOFF: 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Beaufort Academy 0-1; Clarendon Hall 0-0.

LAST WEEK: Beaufort Academy lost to St. John’s Christian 48-26; Clarendon Hall was idle.

LAST YEAR: Did not play. Their last meeting came in 2011, when Clarendon Hall won 60-6.

EXTRA POINTS: Chris Boggs got Beaufort Academy’s season off to a rousing start, returning the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Eagles ran out of steam in the second half against a speedy SJCA defense. ... Kevin Williams was BA’s offensive catalyst, rushing for 131 yards and three TDs and adding 67 yards through the air. ... Clarendon Hall has a new coach in Ronnie Way and just five players returning from a squad that went 5-5 last season.

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