Friday Football Frenzy: Scores, highlights, and more from Week 8

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's another Friday night in the Lowcountry and that means high school football has taken over the social media feeds and minds of most people.

Games are winding down and scores are coming in.

Thursday night games:

Ashley Ridge 25-21 Beaufort

By David Shelton

Sparked by special teams and inspired second-half defense, the Ashley Ridge Swamp Foxes rallied with 18 unanswered points and knocked off visiting Beaufort, 25-21, to remain alive for the Region 8-AAAA title.

Ashley Ridge improved to 4-5 overall but more importantly 2-1 in Region 8-AAA with two games remaining. Beaufort dropped to 6-3 overall and 1-2.

Senior Donavan Thompson returned a punt 77 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 9:01 to play in the fourth quarter and the Swamp Foxes defense, which was gashed for more than 150 yards rushing in the first half, made it stand late.

"We have been a team that has not handled adversity very well all season, but we were able to do it tonight and I'm real proud of our football team," said Ashley Ridge head coach Kenny Walker. "Hopefully, we can continue this momentum into the final two games. Beaufort is a good football team. This is a big, big win for our team."

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West Florence 27-3 Cane Bay

By Lou Bezjak

FLORENCE{} West Florence held Cane Bay to 47 yards of offense in the first half and rolled past the Cobras, 27-3, on Thursday night at Memorial stadium.

It was fourth straight game West Florence held its opponent to 20 points or less.

Trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, Cane Bay's Romante Fraiser returned a kickoff 83 yards down to the West Florence 15. But the Knights held strong, and Cane Bay had to settle for a Juan Merallious 27-yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-3.

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Goose Creek 49-21 Wando

By Phil Bowman

GOOSE CREEK The musical selections blaring over the public address system prior to Friday's Goose Creek-Wando game were predictable on a brisk, late October night: Halloween oldies but goodies.

It wasn't until the Region 7-AAAA game started that Goose Creek got a scare.

Trailing 14-7 in the second quarter, Goose Creek quarterback Dantez Bennamon went down with an ankle injury and running back Caleb Kinlaw was shaken up when he was tackled on a run along the sideline. Both players eventually returned after their replacements, Dominique Jefferson and Tyrik Johnson, had impressive performances.

The third-ranked Gators proved to have more than enough firepower, rolling for 510 total yards en route to a 49-21 victory over the Warriors in front of about 4,000 fans at Fulmer Field.

Goose Creek improved to 9-0, 2-0 in the region. Wando fell to 3-6, 1-2.

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Bishop England 35-7 Woodland

By Andrew Miller

Bishop England started the season with two losses, including a 35-0 trouncing by Hanahan in the second week of the season.

Bishop England coach John Cantey stood at midfield after the Hanahan game and vowed that the Bishops would get better.

Cantey was as good as his word.

Nick Shiver rushed for 226 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Bishop England past fourth-ranked Woodland, 35-7, Friday night at Jack Cantey Field.

The Bishops, the two-time defending Division II-AA state champions, ran their Region 6-AA winning streak to 19 games dating back to 2010, while improving to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the region. It was the first loss of the season for Woodland, which dropped to 8-1 and 5-1.

The victory assured of the Bishops of at least a tie for the regular-season crown in Region 6-AA.

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Summerville 56-21 Colleton County

By Drew Tripp

WALTERBORO {}Colleton County's football team had crippled itself with turnovers and penalties in its two previous games before Friday's meeting with old nemesis Summerville.

Correcting only half the problem didn't lead to a better outcome for the Cougars this week, as the Green Wave rolled to a 56-21 victory at Cougar Stadium, making the Cougars pay for a rash of untimely turnovers.

Colleton County seemed to correct its penalty problem, getting flagged only five times for 40 yards after racking up a combined 26 penalties for more than 200 yards in its previous two games.

The Green Wave, up 21-7 when the Cougars began playing hot potato with the football, turned all three turnovers into touchdowns.

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Friday games:

Stratford 21-0 West Ashley

Orangeburg-Wilkinson 28-10 Berkeley

North Charleston 32-29 Academic Magnet

Battery Creek 62-0 Burke

Timberland 42-14 Andrews

Fort Dorchester 62-34 Bluffton

Ridgeland-Hardeeville 20-16 Garrett

Cross 33-0 Baptist Hill

Hanahan 55-21 Hilton Head

James Island 27-13 Stall

Whale Branch 28-14 St. John's

Military Magnet 50-0 Lincoln


SCISA games:

Beaufort Academy 30-20 James Island Christian

Orangeburg Prep 21-10 Cardinal Newman

Charleston Collegiate 74-44 Laurens

Laurence Manning 41-32 Porter-Gaud

Hilton Head Christian 45-36 Palmetto Christian

Heyward Academy 52-44 Northwood Academy

Hilton Head Prep 41-9 Andrews

Cathedral Academy 41-8 Coastal Christian

Hammond 41-22 Pinewood Prep