RHHS (3-0) is on a roll: Hosts Lake Marion on Friday
The Jaguars are bringing their winning ways back home.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville High has started the season on a three-game winning streak and on Friday it hosts Class AA Lake Marion in the first of three consecutive home games. Lake Marion (0-3) began the season outscored 122-6 in its first three games.
The Class AAA Jaguars (3-0) then host Class AAAA Colleton County Sept. 15 and Class AAAA Hilton High Sept. 22 before enjoying a bye week Sept. 29.
The Region 8-AAA season begins Oct. 6 at May River.
“Each game is tougher,” RHHS coach Jahmaal Nelson said. “I want them to be tested.”
The Jaguars’ latest win was a 20-12 triumph over host Allendale-Fairfax last Thursday. The game was moved to Thursday night because of last Friday’s expected inclement weather.
RHHS committed seven turnovers (including six fumbles), but prevailed with a mix of passing, running and stout defense (two forced turnovers).
Ronald Zimmerman had two touchdown receptions and Freddie Aiken gave the Jaguars the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard scoring run.
He then converted a two-point conversion.
Nelson said Aiken’s score was the culmination of a 20-play drive that took 11:30.
The “smash mouth” drive was spearheaded by Aiken’s running, Nelson said, and the offensive line of Myles Pinckney, Nasir Hanner, Tyrese Darien, Renae Wright and Jeremiah Orr.
Nelson said that group enjoys coming off the ball and attacking the defensive line.
The Jaguars led 6-0 after the first quarter. A-F recovered a fumble at the Jaguars’ 13-yard line and eventually scored to tie it 6-6. After a Jaguars TD, Allendale-Fairfax returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. It was 12-12 at halftime.
RHHS quarterback Derald Nelson made some crucial passes, Coach Nelson said, including a third-down, 30-yard strike to Zimmerman with three minutes left in the game that sealed the win.
Coach Nelson said he was impressed with the Jaguars’ baseball pitcher’s arm during the spring and trusts him to make smart decisions on the football field.
“I have faith that he’ll put it where it needs to be,” Jahmaal Nelson said.
RHHS, which has outscored opponents 79-20 this season, has surpassed last season’s win total; the team was 2-8 in 2016.
“The group of kids are really committed,” Nelson said.
Friday football scores
SCISA: St. Andrew’s 33, Thomas Heyward 0
Highlight: THA trailed 12-0 at halftime and 19-0 after three quarters.
Next: Bethesda Academy at THA, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8
SCISA: John Paul II 40, Palmetto Christian Academy 18
Highlight: Zach Doe had 153 yards rushing and four TDs and Melik Frost added 100 yards rushing. The Golden Warriors had 301 total rushing yards. Mark Tigges had three sacks.
Next: Hilton Head Prep at John Paul II (Richard Gray Complex), 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8