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Chatter Up

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Re: Chatter Up

Postby athleticbooster8 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:27 pm

Highlander it sounds like you did pick up a couple of really good athletes...that is a good thing...however it is the LEADERSHIP those young men provided that will be most difficult to replace...Those young men were a special breed...by the way...what a GREAT NAME for a head football coach "Rip Blackstone" now honesty that is a near perfect name for a football coach. (and he is a good one - he has proven that)
Good luck to the HIghlanders this year. My hope and prayer is the same for all our teams...NO SERIOUS INJURIES...
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Re: Chatter Up

Postby hoopitup » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:24 pm

Hamond will definitely be hard to contend with but so will Heathwood and Wilson Hall. Listen Tally always seems to get the best out of his players. Graduations has taken tole on all the programs. Quite frankly, the championship is wide open this year. But I must admit that Hamond is the favorite after all they are the defending champs. But I assure you that Wilson Hall and Heathwood will come to play. Hard work out beats talent eveytime.... when talent doesn't work hard.
Hard work beats talent.................When talent doesn't work hard
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Re: Chatter Up

Postby Highlander » Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:10 am

Saw Pinewood vs Heathwood controlled scrimmage last night. Heathwood's new player, Senior Tight End, Corey Miller, Jr. will prove to be a force catching across the middle. His size, 6'3", 220 lbs makes him a huge target versus SCISA players.

Pinewood looked pretty solid in spots. Their quarterback can sling it and he has a receiver who can both run and catch.

Heathwood got burned deep several times on their weak side. Heathwood has a huge, but heartless offensive line, but with Corey Miller at TE and John Fowble at receiver they may not have to hold their blocks for very long.
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Re: Chatter Up

Postby Highlander » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:42 am

Athleticbooster8,

You are absolutely correct. LEADERSHIP is the intangible that all the Whalen boys have provided for the past 10+ years (have to put Brandon Gantt in that mix also). This year's team has a 9th grader at QB. At times, despite having some crazy offensive tools to work with, he looked like a Deer in the Headlights, which is to be expected. Interestingly, Heathwood's QB doesn't seem ready yet to tuck the ball and run when in trouble, which has been a staple in the Highlander Offensive for as long as Rip has been directing the offense.

Wilson Hall is back in the mix after a couple of So-So seasons, and of course we never quite no what to expect from Augusta Christian, which has a history of adding surprise players every other year, which automatically make them a contender.
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Re: Chatter Up

Postby OldSchool Pinewood » Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:43 pm

Lowcountry SCISA previews in today's Post & Courier:

Three new programs join area SCISA ranks
By David Shelton, Special to The Post and Courier
Thursday, August 19, 2010

There will be a lot more young men playing SCISA football in the Lowcountry this fall with the introduction of three new programs. Faith Christian, Ridge Christian and James Island Christian are fielding varsity teams for the first time.

In the coaching ranks, there are seven new head coaches, counting the three newly formed programs.

Porter-Gaud, coming off a 5-6 season a year ago, is poised to venture back into the land of winning seasons in Rick Reetz' second season. The Cyclones are a veteran squad and have the talent to make a run in the AAA ranks.

Cyclones senior receiver Stanton Seckinger is drawing Division I recruiting interest and quarterback Hudson Worthy is one of the best junior quarterbacks in the area.

Reetz also beefed up the coaching staff, adding a few former college stars to aid in the development process. Coaching the receivers is former Summerville All-American and Georgia star Jimmy Harrell. Heading up the linebackers is former Notre Dame All-American Wes Pritchett, who played on the Fighting Irish's last national championship team. Former All-Lowcountry lineman Chris Werden, an Elon graduate, is coaching the offensive linemen.

Northwood Academy, the 2008 state AA champion and 2009 state AA runner-up, will undergo a rebuilding phase of sorts as coach Jerry Stoots suits up a lot of underclassmen this fall.

Perennial power Dorchester Academy suffered through a few tough seasons but bounced back with nine wins last year. The Raiders will be one of the favorites in Class A this fall with a solid cast returning.

Jim Daniel's Palmetto Christian squad, state runners-up in Class A last season, will be talented enough to make another title run. Senior receiver Derrick Robinson is one of the area's top prospects that no one knows about … yet.

Defending state AA champion Hilton Head Christian will once again be a title contender with the return of all-state quarterback Luke Sirgo. The Eagles have just enough talent returning to be a contender by season's end.

Charleston Collegiate has a new coach as Michael Mears takes over and the Sun Devils could be a sleeper team in the area. Quarterback Rodney Gibbs, a Fort Dorchester transfer, is one of the area's better athletes.

Pinewood Prep has a new head man as former assistant coach Dan Holland takes over. The Panthers have one of the area's top linebackers in senior Ethan Gaskins but will need a young group of skill people to improve quickly if they expect to make a run.

HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN
2009: 12-1, 6-0

COACH: Tommy Lewis (6th season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 11 (5 offense, 6 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Luke Sirgo, WR Alex Martin, RB Eric Farr, LB JaBrook Tucker, OL/DL Kyle Weaver, OL/DL Cole Malphrus, OL/LB Ryan Smith

OUTLOOK: The defending state AA champions lost some talented and experienced players but return just enough to make another run. Headlining the team once again will be senior quarterback Luke Sirgo, who accounted for more than 2,800 total yards and 40 touchdowns last season. JaBrook Tucker is back at linebacker to lead the defense. Alex Martin will be a playmaker at receiver.

NOTES: Returning lineman Kyle Weaver tallied 13 tackles for loss and 51 total tackles last season. Eagles have won two state titles under Lewis.

PORTER-GAUD
2009: 5-6, 2-2

COACH: Rick Reetz (2nd season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 15 (7 offense, 8 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Stanton Seckinger, QB Hudson Worthy, RB/PK Westin Stitt, OL Colin O'Donnell, LB Robert Scott, LB Tucker Snively, DL Chris Stanfill

OUTLOOK: The Cyclones have plenty of experience to be a strong contender in Class AAA. The program has been down in recent years and the first step is to have a winning season, then they can think about chasing four-time defending state champion Hammond. Porter Gaud plays in a tough conference so the wins won't come easily but this team is definitely a team capable of having a winning record.

NOTES: Seckinger is a bona-fide Division I prospect with an offer from N.C. State. At 6-5, 210-pounds, few defensive backs in SCISA will be able to cover him. Worthy threw for 2,008 yards as a sophomore and has a much better grasp of the offense. O'Donnell leads the offensive line at 6-5, 280-pounds.

PINEWOOD PREP
2009: 4-7, 2-2

COACH: Dann Holland (1st season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: OL Jim Brown, NG Danny Zuvia, LB Ethan Gaskins, QB Bobby Casey, WR Cameron Fisher, TE Michael Pendley, DB Will Rogers, DB Tyler All

OUTLOOK: The Panthers were a bit disappointing last year but Holland is confident they can rebound this season. Holland is a new head coach but was on the staff last season. Skill position players are very young, but the Panthers have good experience along both lines. Look for improvement this season but only if the Panthers can sustain and develop offensively.

NOTES: Holland is a former team captain at Charleston Southern, playing from 1991-94. A player to watch this fall is senior linebacker Ethan Gaskins (6-3, 225), who is starting for the fourth consecutive season and is a college prospect.

NORTHWOOD ACADEMY
2009: 11-3, 5-1

COACH: Jerry Stoots (5th season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 8 (4 offense, 4 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ty Powell, RB Brendan Gilbert, OL Joey Bisognani, TE Adam Halter, PK Seth Graham, DB Tyler Gross, DL Connor Ex-Lubeski

OUTLOOK: The Chargers have played for the last two state championships in Class AA, winning in 2008 and losing in the finals in 2009. This is the least experienced team that Stoots has had since his first team in 2006. Powell is a solid quarterback but the line is inexperienced and the defense is even more inexperienced. Rebuilding is the word at Northwood these days.

NOTES: Powell completed 77 percent of his passes last season, which was tops in the state at any level. He threw for just under 1,200 yards in the run-oriented offense. Graham is one of the top place-kickers in SCISA and also plays receiver.

PALMETTO CHRISTIAN
2009: 8-4, 5-2

COACH: Jim Daniel (2nd season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Derrick Robinson, RB Johnny Perry, QB J.T. Waters, OL/LB Graham Blunt, OL/DL Tremayne Dennis, DB R.J. Griffin

OUTLOOK: In only their second season of varsity play, the Eagles advanced to the Class A state title game before losing to perennial power Dillon Christian. Palmetto is one of the favorites this season and should be among the top teams. A strong running game will be pivotal as coach Daniel breaks in a freshman quarterback.

NOTES: J.T. Waters is the son of offensive coordinator J.T. Waters. Running back Johnny Perry is a transfer from Texas and was very impressive in preseason scrimmages. Derrick Robinson is regarded as one of the top prospects in SCISA as a receiver and defensive back.

FIRST BAPTIST
2009: 1-9, 0-6

COACH: Will McCombs (6th season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 10 (5 offense, 5 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Matt Burton, WR Lawton Hendricks, FB Robbie Kicklighter, LB Connor Harvey, NG Banks Reynolds

OUTLOOK: McCombs continues to struggle with numbers and will start the season with about 17 players. The Hurricanes should be somewhat improved with a solid quarterback and good running game. The offensive front is young but shows promise and the schedule is not as tough as it has been in recent years.

NOTES: Kicklighter and Reynolds are three-year starters and anchor the defense at linebacker and nose guard, respectively. Hendricks and safety Marlin Morris are stars on the two-time defending state champion baseball team.

CHARLESTON COLLEGIATE
2009: 2-8, 2-5

COACH: Michael Mears (1st season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Rodney Gibbs, RB Dillon Dove, DB John Brewer, RB/LB Jamey Mears, OL John Powers, WR Tevin Whatley

OUTLOOK: Mears comes from Columbia where he has been an assistant at Heathwood Hall and A.C. Flora. The Sun Devils won the state championship in 2007 but struggled in each of the last two years. This team should be a playoff contender.

NOTES: Mears has 22 players on the roster. The Sun Devils will operate out of the spread and should be effective through the air with Gibbs and Whatley serving as the connection.

CATHEDRAL ACADEMY
2009: 1-10, 1-6

COACH: Chris Huge (5th season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 17 (8 offense, 9 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Michael Spellman, WR Skyler McAllister, QB Jordan Marsh, LB Mat Henneman, DE Troy Gross

OUTLOOK: Huge feels the program is ready to take the step toward .500 but has a tough schedule ahead. The team is still relatively young but has more experience than in recent years. Numbers are up as well as Huge expects to dress 28 varsity players.

NOTES: Spellman had 47 receptions as a freshman last season and earned all-conference honors. Marsh threw for more than 1,800 yards as a sophomore and McAllister had five interceptions as a freshman last season.

COLLETON PREP
2009: 8-5, 4-2

COACH: Neil Minton (1st season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: OL/LB Mason Cargill, OL Matt Foss, QB Reid Houck, RB/DL Tanner Cope, DL Pierce Jordan, RB Heath Fisk

OUTLOOK: The Warhawks return lots of experience up front and will have one of the bigger offensive lines in Class AA with each starter tipping the scales at more than 200 pounds. Both running backs also will weigh 200-plus pounds. Colleton Prep will again be very competitive and should be a playoff team.

NOTES: Minton replaces coach Brock Miller, who took the head job at St. Andrews (Ga). Minton was on Miller's staff and has been at the school for nine years. The team has three Cope brothers on the varsity. Tanner is a running back while Scott and Cody are defensive backs.

JAMES ISLAND CHRISTIAN
2009: No team

COACH: J.B. Weber (1st season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH: HB Terrell Thomas, FB Daniel Singleton, QB Andrew Gooch, OL Thomas Scarborough, LB Tyler Yoon.

OUTLOOK: James Island Christian will compete in the eight-man league this fall and former Citadel grad assistant Weber is the man selected to initiate the program. The roster will include about 18 players, a high number for eight-man teams. It plays its first game on Friday at Trinity Collegiate in Darlington.

NOTES: Terrell Thomas is a transfer from Palmetto Christian and played on the team that lost in the state finals last season. Gooch is a first-time football player but is generally regarded as the best athlete in the school. Scarborough may be the biggest prep player in Charleston at 6-6, 370-pounds.

COASTAL CHRISTIAN
2009: 0-10, 0-7

COACH: J.W. Myers (1st season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH: OL/DL Matt Mueller, TE/LB Dalton Lemacks, RB Connor Treece, WR Garrett Casias, RB Garrett Lynch, QB Christian Dee, OL/DL Logan Todd.

OUTLOOK: Last season was the first varsity season for the school after two years with junior varsity football. Improvement should be modest as numbers are still low. The program has no seniors and only four juniors but Myers says the group has a great attitude and work ethic.

NOTES: Myers was a starting offensive lineman at Charleston Southern last season and was named coach in January, less than two months after graduating. Mueller is a transfer from Wando. Coastal opens on Friday at St. Paul's of Savannah.

RIDGE CHRISTIAN
2009: 0-0

COACH: Allen Horn (1st season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Devin Kilgore, RB Tevin Morris, OL D.J.



Decker, OL Jake Leathers, DB Lee Eidem, FB Elijah Adams.

OUTLOOK: Ridge fielded a junior varsity team last fall and will play eight-man football this season. Horn counted 12 players on the roster this fall. Progress is slow and the team will struggle but the young talent could mean success down the road.

NOTES: Paladins open today against traditional eight-man power Jefferson Davis Academy. They will play their home games this season at Tom Conley recreation complex on Royal Road.

FAITH CHRISTIAN
2009: 0-0

COACH: Gary Olesh (1st season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 0

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB John Elvington, RB Danny Siebert, WR Jeremy Smith, TE Logan Pittman, DE Rhett Sanford

OUTLOOK: Faith will compete in the eight-man league after fielding a junior varsity team last season. Olesh has 16 varsity candidates this fall but many are first-time football players. Faith will operate out of the spread offensively. Wins will be few and far between but the program has potential.

NOTES: Olesh says only two of the varsity players were on the junior varsity team last fall. None of the projected starters are seniors. Pittman is a 6-3, 298-pound tight end.

HILTON HEAD PREP
2009: 4-7, 3-3

COACH: Ron Peduzzi (7th season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Matt Layman, RB Scott D'Amico, OL Taylor Place, WR Dimitri Lowry, WR Patrick Andrews, DB Jeremy Haidon.

OUTLOOK: Quarterback Matt Layman is one of the better signal callers in SCISA, throwing for 1,836 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. The receiving corps also is solid but the running game may struggle with an offensive line that will not start a senior. Defense could be solid but again, very few senior starters.

NOTES: Receiver Patrick Andrews recently made a verbal commitment to Clemson for baseball. Andrews is one of the state's top rising senior arms. Layman is receiving FBS and FCS interest as the season begins.

DORCHESTER ACADEMY
2009: 9-2, 4-1

COACH: Stanley Gruber

RETURNING STARTERS: Not available.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Reese Westbury, RB Thomas McAlhany, QB Nick McAlhany, LB Michael Gruber, OL Brandon Bair, WR Jamie Collins

OUTLOOK: The Raiders drop down from Class AA to A this fall and will be a serious state title contender. Known for its physical play on both sides of the ball, Dorchester has a solid cast of skill people returning from a pretty good team. Look for Dorchester to still be playing in November, provided it can steer clear of injuries.

HOLLY HILL ACADEMY
2009: 6-6, 5-2

COACH: Don Shelley (5th season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Zack Lawley, LB Justin Brownlee, RB Ron Sweatman, OL Ethan Shelley, DB Kyle Clark, DB Jonathan McWaters, ATH John Flynn.

OUTLOOK: The Raiders were a region title contender last fall and return enough experience to make another run at the crown. Lawley is a proven commodity at quarterback and should lead the team into the playoffs.

NOTES: Shelley is the former coach at Orangeburg Prep, where he established a SCISA powerhouse during the 90's.

ST. JOHN'S CHRISTIAN
2009: 8-4, 5-2

COACH: Bill McCall (9th season)

RETURNING STARTERS: 8 (4 offense, 4 defense)

PLAYERS TO WATCH: OL Eric Parker, WR William Johnson, LB Houston Cumbee, RB Daniel Otero, DB Cody Wright, DB Whit McLeod.

OUTLOOK: This may be a rebuilding year for the Cavaliers, at least in the early going. Lot of new faces on the field and McCall is taking his time to make sure every player is up to speed. There will be several freshmen and sophomores in the two-deep when the season begins and the roster has only four seniors.

NOTES: McCall is a former all-state quarterback at Berkeley High School. Ready or not, the Cavaliers open the season Friday against Carolina Academy.
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Re: Chatter Up

Postby Highlander » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:31 am

Skyhawks have high hopes
Veteran coach Bill Kimrey joins son Erik Kimrey
By CHRIS DEARING - Special to T
he State


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Re: Chatter Up

Postby EagleMan52 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:41 am

Cardinals face uphill battle
Returning players will be counted on for boost
By CHRIS DEARING


Read More: http://www.thestate.com/2010/08/26/1433 ... RSS=sports
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Re: Chatter Up

Postby EagleMan52 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:43 am

Falcons in it for the long haul
Quarterback’s shoes will be tough to fill
By CHRIS DEARING

Read More: http://www.thestate.com/2010/08/26/1433 ... RSS=sports
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Re: Chatter Up

Postby EagleMan52 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:45 am

Highlanders will rely on defense
Freshman likely to start as quarterback on team that went 12-1 last year
By CHRIS DEARING

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Re: Chatter Up

Postby Highlander » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:14 pm

I read the articles on the 4 Columbia Teams and it looks like Hammond had some losses, but remains strong. Both Ben Lippen and Heathwood suffered major losses at Quarterback and will be trying to figure it out during the first few games, and not much has changed at Cardinal Newman.

Kimrey, at Hammond, should be allowed to retire the trophy after this year. Next year may be a different story, but they don't have any visible weaknesses barring injury.

Reggie Shaw should have two State Championships on his mantle by now, but as fate has it he had to leave a loaded Blythewood squad for the Ben Lippen job. He has done a great job, but his team was built around their outstanding Quarterback and he is gone. They will make the playoffs and regardless of who they play in from the Lower State in the First Round they could be dangerous. They are still probably one year away from being a serious contender for the State Championship. Once they get there they may stay for a few years.

Rip, at Heathwood, has an untried Freshman Quarterback, but like he did many years ago when Brandon Gantt appeared on campus, I expect him to change his original game plan and look to use CJ Miller as his primary scoring threat.

Until the new coach at Cardinal Newman can get more than 6 kids in any grade to come out for football they will never win. Club Soccer is killing them and I don't see that changing anytime soon. This year their best returning player transferred to Hammond.
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