Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Week 1 review/Week 2 preview

High school football is getting ready to rear its ugly head into the Lowcountry. All Lowcountry schools have played at least one regular season game. James Island and Wando are playing their third game this week. The games have been interesting over the last week, with a lot of good storylines.

Hanahan blew out Timberland in the Channel 4 game of the week, winning 41-0. West Ashley surprised Bishop England, limiting the Bishops to just 6 points in Channel 2's game of the week. They seem to have the Bishops number. Channel 5's game of the week, Berkeley at Stratford, was another great one. Jacob Park threw 3 interceptions to the same guy, but the Knights survived, winning by a score of 29-10.

Summerville had a very nice game against Cane Bay Thursday night, shutting out the Cobras 28-0. Summerville QB Sawyer Bridges has grown to become one of the best QBs in the Lowcountry, even for his young age. Summerville's kicker made all his extra points. The Green Wave drew very well even with South Carolina playing at the same time less than 100 miles away.

James Island won against St. John's 40-6, while Porter-Gaud outlasted Ben Lippen, whose bus didn't get to the stadium until less than 30 minutes before game time. Wando lost to Beaufort, while Fort Dorchester blew out an outmanned Carolina Forest side; Colleton County lost again to Woodland; while North Charleston lost to Military Magnet. Goose Creek blew out Ashley Ridge.

This week looks to be a good one. Here is the list of games:

There are some good games on the schedule. Porter-Gaud plays at Heathwood Hall.

Quick hits: Military Magnet (1-1) at Academic Magnet (1-0); a battle of the magnets in North Charleston, who will get the better?

Stall (0-1) at Garrett (1-0): Another battle of North Charleston schools. Always a heated rivalry; who will find a way?

Colleton Prep (1-1) at Northwood Academy (1-0): Probably the best all-SCISA game of the week. Northwood looks improved.

Colleton County (0-1) at Goose Creek (1-0): The Colleton County losing streak probably won't end this week, but they have played much better under new coach Chris Collins. Goose Creek's home opener will be packed.

Carvers Bay (1-0) at St. John's (1-1): One of the best Pee Dee teams comes to John's Island to face the improved Islanders.

Stratford (1-0) at Sumter (0-1): Ray Stackley and the Knights make their bi-annual trip to Sumter. Two Sumter football players have been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year old boy this week.

Baptist Hill (2-0) at Burke (0-1) (Thursday): Can Baptist Hill become the area's first 3-0 team? Burke gets a home TV game.

Ashley Ridge (0-1) at Wando (1-1) (Channel 2 game of the week): Will the Warriors get back to form after a tough loss last week? 

Top games of week:

5. Lincoln (0-2) at Palmetto Christian (1-1): Anybody in the Mt. Pleasant area should watch QB J.T. Waters lead this Palmetto Christian offense. He had one of the best games in years against Porter-Gaud the first game of the year, but PCA stumbled last week against Williamsburg Academy.

Now, PCA brings in a public school, Lincoln. Lincoln has improved this season with new coach James Waring. They have almost 30 players currently, compared to some years when they could barely field 11. Lincoln though still has the longest losing streak in the state, 47 games. A loss here would set the state record for consecutive losses. Their last win was October 3, 2008 at Branchville, nearly 5 years ago.

4. James Island (1-1) at West Ashley (1-0) (Channel 4 game of the week): The James Island-West Ashley rivalry is always one of the most underrated in the area. JI will rejoin Region 7-4A next year, but for now they play in a non-league game. Both teams come in off convincing wins. This will be a barometer game for the rest of the season. The Wildcats have a new running QB, while the Trojans have QB Ty Stubbs, generally known as a passer.

After this game, West Ashley goes to Ashley Ridge and hosts Colleton County. If the Wildcats win, they have a legitimate chance of being 4-0 headed into Summerville on September 27. James Island hosts Georgetown after this game, then goes to Bluffton, then they have a bye week before going into region play.

3. Fort Dorchester (1-0) at Cane Bay (0-1): After the Cobras suffered a tough loss last week, they will come home to host Fort Dorchester for the first time ever. Fort Dorchester has a very new team this year, but they blew out Carolina Forest at the Fort last Friday night. Cane Bay has several good skill players, including LB Matt Rudy, but they lost their RB, Anthony Enos, who was one of the best in the Lowcountry last year. This will be an interesting game to watch.

2. Summerville (1-0) at Berkeley (0-1): Berkeley had a very real shot to upset Stratford last week in Goose Creek, but it didn't work out for them, as Jacob Park's 2nd half play was too much. Summerville had a good opener, shutting out Cane Bay on television. Now, Berkeley will have its home opener. The Stags will be ready for the Summerville invasion. What used to be one of the biggest 4A rivalries in the area has become a non-league game, but the play on the field is still very good.

Can Coach Jeff Cruce upset Coach McKissick and the Green Wave in Moncks Corner and provide a huge spark for the rest of their year?

1. Hanahan (2-0) at Bishop England (0-1) (Channel 5 game of the week): This is the battle of Daniel Island, as public high school students on Daniel Island are zoned to go to Hanahan. Bishop England has a new QB, and had a tough time replacing him in the first game of the season. They picked a guy that would only start on offense. Fosberry, the other QB, also is a starter on defense, and Coach John Cantey doesn't want to risk losing one of his best defensive players.

Hanahan may be the best non-4A team in the Lowcountry this year, and they could beat most of the 4A teams. They have a high-powered offense with QB Mason Schwerzler. A good preview of this game can be found on Tyler Heffernan's Moultrie News blog about HS football. Link here:

Enjoy the games!

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