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DelPrete: What caught my eye this week in high school football


Week One of high school football is wrapping up in our area and, so far, it has not disappointed!

We know it’s difficult to keep track of every result and which stars shined the brightest. To help you out, here’s a look at a handful of the plays you need to see.

Bluffton Bobcats vs. Screven County: Skill players shined on the big stage

The Bluffton Bobcats came up a bit short against Screven County last night. Regardless, Bobcats wide receivers like Rakim White caused chaos all evening. Head Coach John Houpt will count on guys like White and Shamar Sangren to serve as a spark on the offensive end.

Screven County edged out Bluffton 31-30 on WSAV’s “Game of the Week.” Eli Brodnex, the Gamecock’s quarterback, torched the Bobcats defense on this long QB keeper.

New Hampstead breaks out the “Turnover Chain”

The 2017 Miami Hurricanes football team made the “Turnover Chain” an in-game tradition: Any defensive player who forced a turnover got to wear a chain with the schools emblem on it as he regrouped on the sidelines.

It looks like New Hampstead is trying to bring the Miami tradition to Savannah. Jurel Armstrong and Sam Brown both donned the chain during their 25-8 win over Jenkins.

Slippery QB escapes would-be sack, turns it into a touchdown

I’m still not exactly sure how Deyandre Ruffin pulled this one off but, hey, not every play needs an explanation. Ruffin’s ability to evade the Jenkins defenders was a big reason why the Phoenix came out on top Saturday afternoon.

Bedgood is very good. Disregard the bad zinger, still watch this play

Don’t let Aaron Bedgood get hot or else Richmond Hill’s upcoming opponents will have some serious headaches. The senior can do it all — he’s played running back, wide receiver, and this year he’ll take snaps at quarterback. If game one of the regular season is any indication, Richmond Hill can plug Bedgood anywhere for a chance at big plays.

WVU-bound Winston Wright determined to make his senior year memorable

Winston Wright and his Memorial Day teammates had aspirations of an undefeated season after winning the GISA State Championship last year. Those hopes are dashed after falling to a tough May River team Friday night but Wright still had one of the best plays of the game. The West Virginia commit exploded for a 70-yard touchdown reception for the Matarors only score of the night.

South Effingham offense looks like it has the makings of a well-oiled machine

It’s foolish to use a team’s performance from one week of regular season play and make predictions about how the rest of the season will go. But, it’s hard to ignore what South Effingham’s offense did to Long County Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs moved the ball with ease on the ground and through the air. The team has already matched last year’s win total — now we’ll see how many more they can tack on.

Bear witness to Dee Bethea’s unusual trip to the end zone

I imagine Pierce County’s offensive coordinator did NOT draw up that first play. Sure it was a designed run but, beyond that, it was all Dee Bethea’s instincts and speed. Bethea’s two touchdowns helped the Bears claw their way past MCA for a 48-14 win.

That’s what caught my eye this week! I’m sure there are plenty more plays I missed or didn’t get a chance to see. If you have any suggestions or plays you want featured, tweet at me (@WSAVConnorD) or send me an email.

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