Hanahan cruises in week 1, will be tested in week 2

Week 1 of the high school football season presented no worries for the Hanahan Hawks. This week? Well, that’s an entirely different scenario for coach Charlie Patterson and his troops.

The Hawks trounced May River High 47-13 Friday night at Wiley Knight Stadium. It was the first game ever for May River, a new school that is located in Bluffton.

This weekend’s opponent, Andrews, has quite a bit more history. And Andrews already has a victory this season. The Yellow Jackets hammered Waccamaw 47-13 and host the Hawks in Region 8-AAA game.

“They’ve got some big guys and some good athletes,” Hanahan coach Charlie Patterson said of Andrews. “They have a power running game, so we will be tested. This is a quality opponent.”

Against May River, it was no contest pretty much from the start. Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson blocked a Sharks’ punt on their first possession and it was more of the same the rest of the way as the Hawks gained more than 300 yards in the first half en route to a 31-0 lead.

“I think our kids were excited to play a football game,” Patterson said. “We played a fairly clean game. We didn’t have that many penalties and the first team didn’t put the ball on the ground. And, our quarterback (Victor Colbert) completed 11 of 12. These are things to build on.”

Running back Jerry Bailey scored on runs of 23 and 1 yards while Colbert added touchdown passes to Malieck Anderson for 19 yards and Jamie Watson for 14 yards. Quincy Mitchell also scored on a 4-yard run for the Hawks, who are seeking yet another region championship.

Hawks running back Shi Hart scored on a 4-yard run and defensive back Donald Vanderhorst returned an interception 56 yards for a TD for Hanahan’s other TDs.

Luke Litwin kicked a 29-yard field goal for the Hawks, who shone in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.

“This week will be a lot different,” Patterson said. “Last week, we faced a new program that was excited to play its first game. Andrews has been there. We face a team with a strong tradition.”

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