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