Hanahan impressive in shutout victory over Timberland
HANAHAN — The Hanahan Hawks wore black jerseys for the first time in the school’s history and ended a decade of frustration against Timberland with a 41-0 victory over the Wolves Friday night at Wiley Knight Stadium.
The Hawks ended a 10-game skid against Timberland, thanks to a balanced attack on offense that produced 583 total yards and a veteran defense that held the Wolves in check all night. The victory was Hanahan coach Charlie Patterson’s first in six attempts against his Berkeley County foe. It was the first time Timberland was shut out in Art Craig’s tenure at the school.
“We call our defense the Black Hawks,” Patterson said. “We let them wear black jerseys in practice. I got the idea that one night everyone should wear black jerseys. I was afraid it might backfire. We might have to use them again.”
The combination of quarterback Mason Schwerzler and 6-5 wide receiver Terrell Green was too much for the Wolves. Running back Quan Wade pounded inside and out for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Schwerzler was 7 of 17 for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Green caught four passes for 89 yards and two scores — all in the first half.
Hanahan, the No. 7 team in the latest statewide poll of Class AAA teams, upped its record to 2-0 and has won 13 of its last 15 games. Timberland, No. 4 in Class AA, fell to 1-1.
“They pretty much beat us in every category,” Craig said. “We might have won in kickoff returns because we had so many. They stuck it to us tonight.”
Schwerzler to Green was a potent combo on the Hawks’ first possession. The passing attack set up Kyle Spigner’s 22-yard field goal to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Hanahan had poor field position for most of the first quarter. But it didn’t matter on the final play of the quarter when Wade broke through the line and raced 91 yards for a touchdown.
The Hawks’ second TD came late in the first half. Schwerzler hit Green for a 25-yard score to push the lead to 17-0 with 33 seconds left in the half.
Timberland had only 63 yards total offense in the first half and finished with 186 total yards, including 105 on the ground.
“The strength of their defense is up front,” Craig said. “When you start as many young guys up front as we do, there’s going to be trouble.”
Wade ripped off a 45-run early in the third quarter to give the Hawks first-and-goal. Two plays later, Schwerzler scored on a 3-yard run.
“We had good balance tonight. That’s what we’re striving for,” Patterson said. “We felt like we’d take what the defense was giving. I do feel like we left points on the field. I’m proud of these guys. Hanahan’s day finally came.”
Timberland 0 0 0 0—0
Hanahan 10 7 17 7—41
Hanahan — Kyle Spigner 22 FG
Hanahan — Quan Wade 91 run (Spigner kick)
Hanahan — Terrell Green 25 pass from Mason Schwerzler (Spigner kick)
Hanahan — Schwerzler 3 run (Spigner kick)
Hanahan — Spigner 24 FG
Hanahan — Wade 23 run (Spigner kick)
Hanahan — Christian Leaky 20 run (Spigner kick)