Hanahan tops Orangeburg-Wilkinson in an ugly 14-13 victory


The Hanahan Hawks football team finally played a football game for the first time in 17 days after the Lowcountry received some of its heaviest rainfall in history that scrambled the prep football schedule.

And, the Hawks finally won a game for the first time in more than a month, posting a 14-13 victory over visiting Orangeburg-Wilkinson in a Region 8-AAA showdown played Monday night.

The Hawks began the season with three consecutive victories, but followed that up by losing the next two.

The Hawks were scheduled to play Hilton Head last week, but that game was postponed and eventually canceled.

The Hawks, who stand 4-2, including 1-0 in region play, resume their original schedule with a region game at Stall on Friday night.

Monday’s game was sloppy at times, but exciting as well. The game came down to the final play when the Bruins lined up for a field goal attempt from 38 yards. But the snap was bobbled and the kick never materialized.

The Hawks managed just over 100 yards in total offense.

The Hawks’ scoring came on a 90-yard kickoff return by Shrine Bowl pick Samuel Denmark to open the game and on quarterback Victor Colbert’s 8-yard touchdown to Javonte McLaurin with a slant from the 7. It was a one-play drive that was set up by a blocked punt later in the first quarter.

“Other than that, we did absolutely nothing on offense,” Hanahan coach Charlie Patterson said. “We did miss a couple of field goals. We’re very much in an offensive struggle right now. In the last three games, we’ve scored two offensive touchdowns.”

Patterson refused to use the lack of practices or missed game as excuses for the Hawks’ offensive woes.

“Most teams at this time of the year are fine-tuning things,” Patterson said. “We’re still searching. We’re not blocking well, not executing, not getting it down with the passing game. Our struggles are the result of a lot of things.”

Orangeburg-Wilkinson, which tallied more than 300 yards in offense, scored in the first quarter on a short pass.

Orangeburg-Wilkinson’s James Valdez picked off a Colbert pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown with five minutes left in the first half to cut the lead to 14-13.

But the PAT was no good, and that closed out the scoring for the game. But there were scoring chances, including O-W’s field goal attempt late in the game.

“We have to come up with some answers on offense,” Patterson said. “A win is a win, but we have to play better. We’re struggling. We’re searching. We’re thinking of moving some players around, trying them at other positions.”

Monday’s game gave the Hawks little time to recover from the bumps and bruises of a physical game and to get ready for Stall.

“It’s not like we’re going to go out there (Tuesday) and bang on each other,” Patterson said. “It takes time to recover and it takes time to put in the gameplan. We have to be ready.”

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