Hawks suffer loss to Timberland but still have a shot to tie for league lead
The Hanahan High School football team lost a tough decision to Timberland Friday night, dropping a Region 7-AAA showdown by a 20-7 margin in a game played at St. Stephen.
But Hawks coach Charlie Patterson hasn’t lost hope. He knows anything can happen when teenagers square off for 48 minutes on the gridiron.
“I guess anything can happen,” Patterson said. “You could have a three-way tie (for first place) if Manning beats Timberland. That playoff stuff will work its way out. We just need to win a game for ourselves, for our team.”
Timberland is in first place in the region with a 2-0 record. Bishop England holds down second place with a 1-0 mark. Hanahan is 1-1, while Manning is 0-1. Lake Marion is 0-2 in league play.
If Manning beats Timberland and if Hanahan knocks off BE this weekend, the standings would change dramatically. Timberland and the Hawks would share the league lead with 2-1 marks while Manning and BE would share third place with 1-1 marks.
But Patterson knows that is a big “If.”
Friday’s game marked another close encounter between the Hawks and Wolves. There were four games this decade that were decided by a touchdown or less and Friday’s game was also tight for most of the night.
Timberland’s Roger Gibbs opened the scoring with a 40-yard TD win midway through the first second quarter.
The Hawks countered early in the third quarter when Quincy Mitchell broke loose for a 36-yard score. But that it was it for the Hawks who fell behind 13-7 about two minutes later. The Hawks had a chance to score, but a drive died inside the Timberland 20.
Mitchell, one of the Lowcountry’s top running backs, entered the game with more than 1,000 yards on the ground. But the Wolves held him in check most of the night.
“I think they had a great game plan to stop our running back,” Patterson said. “At this point, we just don’t have anyone who can get going and help out. They played harder. They played more physical. They just whipped us.”