Hilton Head Island High running back and linebacker Scott D'Amico was lost for the season after breaking his fibula and suffering possible ligament damage in Friday night's loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
D'Amico suffered the injury on a second-quarter carry after rushing for 26 yards on four prior carries, coach B.J. Payne said.
"As soon as we got out there (on the field) Scott knew," Payne said. "Scott said it was broken so we knew. As soon as we got to the field to look at it, Scott had already told us."
Payne said a Bruins player "got caught underneath him" while D'Amico was finishing a run. The play did not come in the Seahawks' Thunder package, which D'Amico had become accustomed to running. The Hilton Head Prep transfer totaled 107 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries entering Friday night.
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"He was playing his best game Friday when it happened," Payne said. "At linebacker he had become really good reading and flowing to the ball and blitzing. We were starting to get him back into the rotation running the ball, because we had been running Khalil (Lewis) so much."
THA'S TUTEN HOBBLED
Thomas Heyward quarterback J.D. Tuten had already seen this once before. Unfortunately for the signal-caller, it was deja vu for he and the rest of the then-undefeated Rebels on Friday night against Hilton Head Christian Academy.
A year after Tuten suffered a turf toe injury in a nine-point loss to the Eagles, the junior was once again hobbled against Hilton Head Christian after suffering another turf toe and a possible torn left oblique muscle in the Rebels' seven-point loss to their SCISAA rivals from Hilton Head Island.
"It was the third play of the game on a QB wedge," Tuten said. "Someone grabbed me by the leg and I got hit by two guys over the top. Someone said it looked awful on film. I haven't looked at it yet. They were wondering how I didn't break my ankle."
The oblique injury came after an Eagles defender connected his helmet to Tuten's hip. The quarterback showed visible pain on a field goal attempt in the second half after grabbing at his side while grimacing in pain.
The injuries relegated Tuten to only "about 15 plays" on the night, as he was forced to relinquish quarterback duties to backup Davis Owens. Tuten returned for the final drive and led the Rebels to the Eagles 4 yard-line but was intercepted by cornerback Jamario Williams with nine seconds remaining.
Tuten said he should be able to play "100 percent" this week against Northwood.
"Hopefully we'll see them again in the playoffs when I'm fully healthy and we have the whole offense clicking," Tuten said of Hilton Head Christian.
EAGLES LOOKING FOR TEAM EFFORT
Another week, another opportunity for Beaufort High School.
The Eagles had a chance this past Friday to set the tone for their remaining Region 8-AAAA schedule. Instead, it was Summerville who took control, racing out to a 45-7 lead before winning 45-28.
Beaufort High has another chance to earn its first region victory this week when it welcomes Ashley Ridge, another team Beaufort High matches up with well on paper. Ashley Ridge is 2-6, 1-1 in Region 8-AAAA with a 37-20 loss to Bluffton last week.
The Eagles dropped to 0-2 in Region 8 and will have to change their mindset to have hope of a solid finish, safety Zach Brown said.
"If we don't work together as a team, it's not going to come together," Brown said. "The defense has to help the offense out, the offense has to help the defense out. That's plain and simple."
Brown said the Eagles practiced well for the Green Wave, but that a switch flipped when the game started.
Beaufort High is trying to avoid a second consecutive losing record and a second straight season without a playoff berth.
LOSING ACHURCH HURTS A'S DEFENSE
Senior Gibson Achurch, Beaufort Academy's third-year starter at quarterback, has played his last down for the Eagles.
The Eagles' Mr. Do-It-All had battled his way back from an ankle injury to play Friday night, but reinjured the ankle late in Friday's 20-12 loss to Andrew Jackson.
While he was Beaufort Academy's first choice under center, his loss has a bigger affect on the defense, Eagles coach Wheatley Alford said.
"It hurts us worse on defense," Alford said. "He's the defensive leader. He brings more to the defensive side of the ball than he does to the offensive side. His presence will be sorely missed, that's for sure."
Achurch had seven tackles, a forced fumble and a sack in the game and finishes the season with 43 tackles.
ROCK THE VOTE
Visit www.facebook.com/IPBGsports to vote for the Week 8 Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette player of the week. This weeks candidates are:
Hilton Head Prep's Teron Daley rushed for 245 yards and two touchdowns in the 61-0 rout of King's Academy.
Hilton Head Christian's Tyler Chisholm carried 16 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and kicked a 24-yard field goal in the Eagles 20-13 win over Thomas Heyward Academy.
Thomas Heyward Academy's Ryan Day rushed 36 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels 20-13 loss to Hilton Head Christian.
Whale Branch's Dee Delaney scored touchdowns on a pass reception, a punt return and a fumble recovery in the Warriors' 50-0 win over Branchville.
Whale Branch's Tyrick Spicer recorded 16 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in the Warriors' 50-0 win over Branchville.
Hilton Head Island's Khalil Lewis carries 24 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns in the Seahawks' 48-42 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson.