Hawks top Berkeley, clinch second place in the region

Friday night game against Hilton Head will determine the region champ

What began on a hot summer day in Hanahan will conclude on a crisp fall night Friday in Hilton Head.

The Hanahan Hawks opened football camp this season with numerous goals including a Region 8-AAA championship. All the blood, sweat and tears the Hawks have put into the season will be on the table when they travel to Hilton Head for a game Friday night that will be for the all the Region 8-AAA marbles.

The Hawks clinched at least second place in the region with a 35-18 victory over Berkeley county rival – and defending region champ – Berkeley at the friendly confines of Wiley Knight Stadium. Now the Hawks must be road warriors

The Hawks, who have reeled off four consecutive victories, enter the battle with a 7-2 record, including 4-0 in the league. Hilton Head is 9-0, 4-0.

It will be the Hawks’ biggest test of the year. The Hawks have allowed only 16 points per game, but will be challenged by an offense that is putting up 54.8 points per game.

“They have a quarterback who can run and make plays out of the pocket,” Hanahan coach Charlie Patterson said. “They also have great receivers. We have to contain the quarterback. I’m sure that every team that has played Hilton Head has tried to contain their quarterback, but nobody has been able to do it.”

Hilton Head pounded Stall 63-12 to remain undefeated and equal the second-best start in school history. The Seahawks started 9-0 in 1988. Hilton Head’s best start was 12-0 in ’86.

The Seahawks jumped to a 42-0 lead against Stall and were able to substitute freely most of the game.

Quarterback Aidan Hegarty completed four passes for 63 yards and a score in limited action, while running back P.J. Franklin had 90 yards on the ground and scored a TD.

The Hawks used a balanced attack to defeat the Stags. Quarterback Victor Colbert was on target, passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawks grabbed momentum, scoring on three of their first four possessions to take a 21-0 lead.

“When you score early, you can relax a little,” Patterson said. “You can’t get too relaxed, but you play better when you are not tight. It also makes play-calling a little easier.”

Colbert hit receiver Sam Denmark for a 35-yard touchdown for the first score and Cyrone White made it 14-0 with a 10-yard TD run to cap an 80-yard drive.

Colbert hit Jamie Watson over the middle for 10-yard TD pass and the Hawks never looked back.

If there was any doubt in the outcome, it was erased when Colbert and Tre Smalls hooked up for a 20-yard TD pass and Vontre Howard’s 34-yard TD run.

“Overall, we played well,” Patterson said of his team’s performance against the Stags. “We gave up some yardage, but kept them out of the endzone for most part. On offense, we were able to mix the pass and the run. We have to be balanced against Hilton Head.”

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