Hanahan’s powerful offense and smothering defense combined for another comfortable victory.
And after Friday’s 41-8 win at James Island, the Hawks are in position to secure their second straight Region 8-AAA title with a victory over visiting Hilton Head next week.
It took Hanahan just three offensive plays to get on the scoreboard. Shortly after forcing the Trojans to punt on the game’s first possession, Sam Denmark burned down the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown reception from the arm of Mason Schwerzler.
The senior quarterback added a 33-yard touchdown pass to Saaehim Brooks before the quarter expired.
The Trojans threatened on their next two drives, but both were halted by turnovers. Marlon Washington intercepted Ty Stubbs’ deflected pass in the end zone, and the next possession stalled when Hawks defensive lineman Bernard Hilliard recovered a fumble and ran 57 yards to the James Island 7. That set the stage for Quan Wade’s 3-yard touchdown run 9:36 into the second quarter.
With one second left on the clock, Brooks’ second TD catch of the evening — a 7-yarder — gave Hanahan a 28-0 lead at halftime.
“I think we went about ninety-some yards in a minute and a half, and we only had one timeout,” said Hawks coach Charlie Patterson, whose squad has outscored opponents by a 349-66 margin. “It was good for us to get that practice, have the experience of working the clock and getting it in there before the half.”
Coach Randy Hilyer’s Trojans received a bit of good fortune when Emanuel Geddis recovered a Hanahan fumble during the opening kickoff of the second half. This time, James Island took advantage of the opportunity as Stubbs found Ben Golus for a 3-yard touchdown pass, closing the gap to 28-8 after the two-point conversion.
The Hawks countered, though, as touchdown runs by Wade (15 yards) and Vontre Howard (11 yards) sealed their eighth win in as many attempts. Hanahan also gained sole possession of first place in the region with a 3-0 record.
Despite the successful outcome, Patterson wasn’t entirely satisfied.
“I thought we came out a little flat again in the second half, kind of like we did last week,” said the fifth-year Hawks coach. “We know down the road in the playoffs, we’ve got to be able to play four good quarters and not two.”
The Trojans (1-7, 0-3) dropped their sixth straight game.
Hanahan 14 14 0 13–41
James Island 0 0 8 0–0
H – Sam Denmark 44 pass from Mason Schwerzler (Kyle Spigner kick)
H – Saaehim Brooks 33 pass from Schwerzler (Spigner kick)
H – Quan Wade 3 run (Spiger kick)
H – Brooks 7 pass from Schwerzler (Spigner kick)
JI – Greg Bolus 3 pass from Ty Stubbs (Andrew Hutto pass from Stubbs)
H – Quan Wade 15 run (Spigner kick failed)
H – Vontre Howard 11 run (Spigner kick)