Sports briefs for November 10th-16th

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Area high school football scoreboard
Friday, Nov. 4

Bluffton 77, Battery Creek 0
Beaufort 63, Colleton County 21
Cane Bay 42, Hilton Head 36
May River 13, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 12
Whale Branch 47, North Charleston 12
Pee Dee Academy 42, Thomas Heyward 35
Holly Hill Academy 56, Beaufort Academy 30

Bluffton blanks Battery Creek

Host Bluffton rolled to its ninth win in the 2016 high school football season on Nov. 4, blanking visiting Battery Creek 77-0 at Homecoming.

With the win, Bluffton moved to 9-0. Battery Creek dropped to 1-8 with the loss.

Thriving offensively, Bluffton erupted for 540 yards of total offense. As part of a balanced offensive attack, eight different Bobcats scored at least one touchdown apiece in the victory.

Bluffton took control early, eventually scoring 49 points in the first half. Helping Bluffton to set the tone early, I’kiem Jefferson  scored three touchdowns on as many carries in the first half.

Bluffton’s early offensive onslaught also included Jermaine Patterson throwing two touchdowns passes and Cory McKie returning a punt 39 yards for another touchdown.

The Bobcats’ scoring included Emauni Thompson rushing for a touchdown and also hauling in a TD reception from Hunter Eldridge.

As part of Bluffton High’s balanced attack, the productive Patterson completed scoring passes to Tyrese Sandgren and Ashby Cribb.

Bluffton’s offensive effort also included rushing touchdowns from Eldridge, Cam Bent and Josh Staple.

Defensively, Bluffton held Battery Creek to 57 yards of offense.

Bluffton is slated to visit Wade Hampton for a region championship game on Friday, Nov. 11. Kickoff for the Bluffton-Wade Hampton football matchup is set for 7:30 p.m.

Beaufort Academy falls to Holly Hill Academy

The Beaufort Academy football team’s 2016 season ended on the road at Holly Hill Academy. Host Holly Hill Academy pulled away to beat Beaufort Academy 56-30 in the first round of the SCISA Playoffs on Nov. 4.

With the loss, Beaufort Academy ended its season 2-7.

Holly Hill Academy improved to 10-1 and advanced in the playoffs with the win.

The Eagles scored first but couldn’t maintain their early momentum. Beaufort Academy owned an 8-0 lead early before Holly Hill Academy took control.

Holly Hill Academy thrived after intermission, scoring 30 points in the third quarter.

Determined Holly Hill Academy flourished offensively after the break.

Beaufort Academy featured only 16 players in the postseason matchup. The Eagles, however, produced their share of highlights in the postseason contest.

The Eagles enjoyed a lot of success rushing the football. Leading Beaufort Academy offensively, Chris Boggs rushed for 209 yards and one touchdown.

Jaylen Moon ranked as Beaufort Academy’s second-leading rusher, finishing with 65 yards and one touchdown.

Jaxon Spratling  rushed for 45 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Eagles in the season-ending setback.

Edward McCormick paced Beaufort Academy defensively, registering a team-high 11 tackles.

During the regular-season, Scott Richards-coached Beaufort Academy notched wins over Northside Christian Academy and Faith Christian. The Eagles dropped regular season games to St. John’s Christian Academy, Clarendon Hall, Holly Hill Academy, Cathedral Academy, Coastal Christian Prep and Charleston Collegiate.

Holly Hill Academy will meet St. John’s Christian Academy in the second round of the state playoffs on Friday, Nov. 11.

Seahawks drop game to Cane Bay, 42-36

Host Hilton Head Island fell to visiting Cane Bay in its latest outing on the gridiron. Cane Bay outlasted the homestanding Seahawks 42-36 on Nov. 4.

With the loss, Hilton Head dropped to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in Region 8-AAAA. Cane Bay improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in Region 8-AAAA with the win.

Quarterback R.J. Roderick Jr. led Cane Bay to the victory. Roderick rushed 23 times for 283 yards and four touchdowns in the winning effort.

Helping Cane Bay to the win on the road, fullback Damon Deford rushed 21 times for 170 yards and one touchdown.

After facing a 14-point deficit in the first quarter, Hilton Head battled back to lead 22-21 at halftime. The Seahawks, however, fell short in the end.

Hilton Head enjoyed most of its offensive success through the air. Seahawk quarterback Collin Kaiser completed 21-of-34 passes for 348 yards. Kaiser completed three touchdown passes for Hilton Head in the first half.

Hilton Head was able to battle back throughout the game. That was until Cane Bay went ahead for good 42-29 in the second half. The Seahawks added one more touchdown before Cane Bay held on to earn the victory.

With Hilton Head driving late, Cane Bay recovered a costly Seahawk fumble on its own 5-yard line to clinch the win in the game’s final minute.

The Seahawks are scheduled to visit Colleton County for a regular season finale on Friday, Nov. 11.

The Hilton Head-Colleton County football game was postponed by Hurricane Matthew earlier in the season.


DeSimone, Barker all-region selections

Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Sydney DeSimone and John Paul II’s Abigail Barker have been named unanimous selections to the all-region volleyball team in SCISA 2A.

DeSimone led Hilton Head Christian Academy to the state tournament, delivering 329 kills and 512 digs.

Leading John Paul II, Barker registered 143 kills and 447 digs during her 2016 campaign.

Thomas Heyward standout Madison Cooler was named the Player of the Year. Cooler finished with 424 kills to pace the Thomas Heyward volleyball squad.

Other area volleyball players honored as all-region selections were Andi Jacobs (Hilton Head Christian Academy), Lauryn Qualls (Hilton Head Christian Academy), Brielle McCarthy (Hilton Head Christian Academy), Alyssa Patrick (Beaufort Academy), Jamie Davis (Thomas Heyward), Haylee Wade (Thomas Heyward) and Ivy Bryan (Thomas Heyward).


Clemson overcomes 12-shot deficit to win 

Freshman Doc Redman fired a final round 64 and sophomore Bryson Nimmer, a Hilton Head Christian Academy graduate, added a 65 to lead Clemson to the second best come-from-behind victory in Clemson history at the 24-team Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii on Nov. 6.

Clemson stood in fourth place and trailed Georgia by 12 shots entering the final round, but shot an all-time team record 264 in the final round to win by one shot over the Bulldogs.

The only final round comeback that is better took place in 2009 when Clemson overcame a 13-stroke deficit to Stanford in the final round of the U.S Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Redman won medalist honors for the second time this fall with a school record 198 total, the first Clemson freshman to win two tournaments in the same year since Jimmy White in 1974-75. Earlier in the year, Redman won the Jackrabbit in Nebraska.

Clemson had a 36-hole score of 562 and was tied for fourth with Kansas and South Carolina entering Sunday.

But a 20-under par day, brought Clemson all the way back.

While the young players had the lowest scores, it was seniors Carson Young and Austin Langdale who capped the rally. Young made a birdie on the 17th hole, his next to the last hole, and Langdale made a birdie on the second hole, his last hole, to complete the comeback.

Clemson’s final round on the par 71 Ka’anapali Country Club Course included 24 birdies and two eagles.

The Tigers had a tournament best 66 birdies for the three rounds.

Redman shot a seven under par 64 on Sunday thanks to six birdies, an eagle and one bogey to finish at 15 under par 198 for the 54 holes.

His 64 tied for the lowest final round in any tournament in Clemson history. He finished two shots ahead of LSU’s Sam Burns, the No.7 ranked player in the nation, who made a strong charge with a nine under par 62 on Sunday.

Redman finished with 18 birdies and an eagle over the 54 holes he played Friday to Sunday. His 198 total score broke the Clemson record of 201 that had been held by Lucas Glover at the 2000 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, D.J. Trahan at the 2003 Augusta State Invitational and Corbin Mills at the 2011 Jerry Pate.

Additionally, Redman’s 15 under par score tied the all-time Clemson mark for score vs. par over 54 holes. Trahan was 15-under-par at the 2003 Augusta State Invitational. Redman’s eagle on the par five sixth hole was his sixth of the year, tying the Clemson freshman record that Trahan set in 1999-00. Redman has the entire spring schedule to break the mark.

Nimmer had shot rounds of 73 and 72 the first two days, then finished strong with six birdies and an eagle for his career best 65 on Sunday. He got off to a pedestrian start on Sunday, then played holes 6-15 at eight under par.

Young had a four under par 67 on Sunday and finished the tournament in a tie for 12th place, second best among the Tigers. He shot a four-under-par 30 on the back nine Sunday, including consecutive birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14 that got the final comeback going.

Langdale, who had an opening round 77, shot a 68 on Sunday. The senior had four birdies on the front side.

Freshman Jonathan Rector had a final round 75, but his second round 67 kept the Tigers in contention going into Sunday.