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Friday Football Frenzy: Scores, highlights, and more from Week 9

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Another week of high school football is winding down and there were plenty of big games on tap as many teams prepare to make their playoff runs.

The games started Thursday night as Goose Creek steam-rolled West Ashley, 49-21. The Post and Courier's David Shelton has that story.

Goose Creek 49-21 West Ashley

By David Shelton

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- With the biggest game of the 2013 football season looming next Friday night against city rival Stratford, one might think the Goose Creek Gators could get caught overlooking West Ashley in Thursday night's Region 7-AAAA matchup.

That was clearly not the case. After falling behind early, Goose Creek scored 35 unanswered points and improved to 10-0 on the season with a 49-21 thumping of the visiting Wildcats.

Playing without their top two rushers, tailback Caleb Kinlaw and fullback Evan McField, the Gators put their full depth on display. Junior Tyrik Johnson, who was the team's third-leading rusher with 779 yards this season, posted a career-high effort of 222 yards and scored five touchdowns.

Goose Creek amassed 407 yards rushing and 516 total yards overall.

Read more from Shelton.

 

Summerville 39-33 Ashley Ridge

By Roger Lee

SUMMERVILLE — The Summerville Green Wave moved one game closer to a region championship after outscoring the Ashley Ridge Swamp Foxes, 39-33, Friday night.

Summerville (8-2, 4-0 in Region 8-AAAA) can claim the league title with a victory next week at Bluffton.

"We scored 39 points but we never slowed them down," Summerville coach John McKissick said. "Our defense didn't play good, so I just feel fortunate that we won."

The Swamp Foxes (4-6, 2-2) are hoping to secure a spot in the playoffs with a win over Fort Dorchester next week.

"Both these offenses have a lot of playmakers so we felt like it might be a bit of a track meet," Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. "I think we matched Summerville physically, and our kids played with effort and that is all I ask of them. I'm disappointed with the loss, but I'm not disappointed with their effort."

Read more from Lee.

 

South Florence 26-14 Stratford

By David Shelton

FLORENCE — In a high school football showdown between two 9-0 teams, Mother Nature made her presence felt.

Stratford and South Florence battled through rain, sometimes heavy, for four quarters and the Bruins handled the adversity much better, handing the Knights their first loss, 26-14, Friday night.

South Florence rolled up almost 400 total yards while limiting the Knights to 150. South Florence junior quarterback Nick Jones passed for 260 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score. Running back Rodney Brunson added 122 yards on the ground.

The Knights managed only 13 yards in the first half, while senior quarterback Jacob Park completed only one pass for 10 yards in the half. Park finished the night with 130 yards passing, completing 11 of 35 passes.

"They handled the conditions a whole lot better than we did, no question," said Stratford head coach Ray Stackley. "We snapped the ball over the head a few times, couldn't hold the ball.

"All the credit to South Florence though. They beat us physically. They caught the ball and we didn't. They definitely deserved to win the game. No excuses. They played on the same field we did."

Read more from Shelton.

 

Berkeley 26-6 Hilton Head

By Chris Cox

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Vance Bailey kicked four field goals and the Berkeley defense shut down Hilton Head as the Stags claimed a 26-6 victory on the road.

Hilton Head suffered its third straight defeat after an improbable 7-0 start and No. 8 ranking in Class AAA earlier this year. The latest defeat saddled the Seahawks with the final seed from Region 8-AAA, meaning Hilton Head must travel to unbeaten and third-ranked Socastee next Friday for the first round of the playoffs.

"It's the little things," Hilton Head coach B.J. Payne said. "We were doing the little things the first seven weeks. Taking care of our responsibilities and making sure we were doing everything right. For some reason, we've gotten away from that."

The Seahawks couldn't seem to do anything right on this night. Hilton Head (7-3, 2-3 Region 8-AAA) found the end zone just once against the stingy Berkeley defense, which limited quarterbacks Ben Oliff and Aiden Hegarty to a combined 6 of 15 passing with a pair of interceptions.

The offense netted just 53 yards through the air and finished with nine first downs, a handful of which came in the fourth quarter with the game's outcome already determined.

"I just thought our kids had a great week of practice," Berkeley coach Jeff Cruce said. "They took the challenge of knowing how big the game was. We had to win. We wanted to finish third, we didn't want to go to Socastee.

"We went there last year. Socastee is pretty good."

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Wando 34-13 Cane Bay

By Greg Hutton

MOUNT PLEASANT – Wando staked its claim to third place in Region 7-AAAA — and the ensuing playoff berth — with a 34-13 win over Cane Bay on Friday night.

Four different players scored touchdowns for the Warriors, who outgained the visiting Cobras 355-192 in total yardage.

Wando closed its region slate with a 2-2 record and will look to improve upon its 4-6 overall mark in the regular-season finale next week at Sumter.

"It's going to be very important for us to prove that we can win on the road," said Warriors coach Jimmy Noonan. "We know we'll be on the road in the playoffs, and we have yet to win on the road this season. So, it's a big challenge for our seniors and this group."

Cane Bay, 0-10, 0-3, whose playoff hopes were still alive entering Friday's contest, will aim to avoid a winless campaign when it hosts West Ashley.

Read more from Hutton.

 

More Friday night games:

Timberland 50-0 Lee Central

Bishop England 35-15 R-Hardeeville

Beaufort 24-21 Fort Dorchester

Orangeburg-Wilkinson 28-7 James Island

Woodland 36-14 Garrett

Battery Creek 53-21 Academic Magnet

St. John's 51-0 Lincoln

Georgetown 45-24 Wilson

Hanahan 34-0 Stall

Baptist Hill 43-22 Military Magnet

Bluffton 40-36 Colleton County

North Charleston 62-26 Burke

 

SCISA games:

Colleton Prep 41-27 St. Andrew's

Dorchester Academy 26-25 Holly Hill Academy

Carolina Academy 62-28 St. John's Christian

Patrick Henry 48-20 Beaufort Academy

Palmetto Christian 64-34 Heyward Academy

Porter-Gaud 34-27 Pinewood

James Island Christian 44-42 Charleston Collegiate

Cathedral 40-38 Faith Christian (2/OT)

Northwood 55-22 Bible Baptist

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