Word on the streets of Beaufort County is there is a little bit of bad blood between the Hilton Head Island High and Bluffton high school football teams nowadays.
Maybe it has something to do with Bluffton pounding the Seahawks last Friday night. Whatever it was, it got Hilton Head High riled up enough to go to the school district earlier this week with some complaints.
Bluffton (6-0) is off this week before next week's huge Region 8-AAAA showdown with Beaufort High, so let's focus our time on Hilton Head High for now.
It's do or die time for the Seahawks. Last week's fiasco is over and it's time for coach B.J. Payne's crew to start region play. On deck is Stall, which has lost four consecutive times to the Hilton Head High. In fact, the Warriors haven't knocked off the Seahawks since 1991.
Payne sees a lot of last year's group of Seahawks in this season's edition of Stall. An athletic quarterback, a dynamic wide receiver and a good player in the slot to complement said receiver. The Warriors are 4-2 up front and do a variety of things in the secondary, but they rarely blitz, Payne said.
The Warriors (2-3) present a great way for the Seahawks to get off on the right foot in the new Region 8-AAA. Hilton Head High (3-2) hasn't won a league crown since 2008, and while that may be a stretch this year, nothing is out of the realm of possibility if you ask Payne and Co.
And wouldn't you know it: a win over the Warriors will match last season's win total under former coach Tim Singleton. It would land the Seahawks at 4-2, which would also be their best record since that 2008 campaign.
Here's coach B.J. Payne on this week's game: "I thought our kids kept playing (last week at Bluffton). Obviously Khalil (Lewis) made a couple runs at the end where he just gave extra effort. That’s the biggest thing. We’re going to keep playing to that final whistle no matter what the score is. That’s one thing that we’re really trying to build this program on, is we’re going to fight to the end and keep going."
On Stall: "Offensively they remind me a lot of Hilton Head last year. They’re kind of use multiple out of the shotgun, they’ll run some I and do some stuff under center. Quarterback No. 3 (Jordan Carswell) is a tall, athletic kid. He reminds you of a younger Michael Julian. ... We have to dominate on the offensive and defensive lines and take it from there."
Prediction: I'm looking for Hilton Head High to come out a bit sluggish this week. It's not that easy to come back swinging after a game like last week's loss to Bluffton. That said, expect the Seahawks to dominate the second half and get region play started the right way. Hilton Head High 38, Stall 21