SAVANNAH REIER — yes, that’s a girl’s name — had a stellar performance Friday night as kicker for Hilton Head, which beat Whale Branch, 52-16. She was 6-for-6 on her extra points and kicked a 37 yards field goal.
In the Pee Dee area, two girls are among the area leaders for kickers. St. James’ Nicole Myers is perfect on extra points and kicked a 39-yard field goal last week in the Sharks’ loss to Loris; she was 2-for-2 this past week against Andrews.
Last year, Dillon’s Tara Grimsley was the starting kicker in the state championship game for the Wildcats. She has returned for her senior season and is rated third among kickers in the Pee Dee area after two weeks.
SURPRISES IN THE MIDLANDS
The Gilbert Indians and the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats, both from Class 3A, Region 5, have been surprises.
Gilbert lost a very close game to a strong Saluda team in Week 0 but could have won save for a deliberate pass interference by Saluda to prevent a tying score in the closing minute. This past week, the Bearcats beat A.C. Flora on the road on a last-second field goal. This team may be better on offense this year, despite the loss of their best running back to graduation. They are throwing the ball more effectively but will need to improve on defense to contend for a playoff spot.
Brookland-Cayce captured its first win over archrival Airport since 2006 on Friday night, 35-30, stopping Airport four inches out from scoring the winning touchdown as time expired. The Bearcats (2-0) are getting strong play from senior Zeke Walker, who does double duty as a quarterback and a safety on defense. Junior running back Ty Myer and sophomore A.J. Brown have been instrumental in the Bearcats’ offensive success. Walker and senior Grant Petrey are standouts on defense.
Lexington got its first win under coach Josh Stepp over Ridge View. The Wildcats got great play from senior quarterback Will Hunter, who scored two rushing touchdowns. But the defense was a surprise, holding Ridge View to 7 points. The last time they had a defensive stand like that was October 2011 when they beat Aiken 45-7.
BEST AND WORST OF WEEK 1
Best team performance: Northwestern got a solid win over Charlotte Catholic, one of the top-ranked teams from North Carolina. The Trojans did a good job against a strong ground game, but they completely shut down CC’s passing attack, holding them to 21 yards through the air. This week, the state’s No. 1 team will travel to South Pointe and follow up with No. 2 Byrnes next week.
Best individual performance: Hilton Head’s Reier, with her perfect night of kicking, scoring 9 points for the Seahawks.
Wort Team Performance: Scott’s Branch is two years removed from a 1A State Championship but has floundered recently. This past week, the Eagles (0-2) lost to Manning, 76-0. They have yet to score a point and have given up a total 138 points.