Hanahan beats Hilton Head to capture Region 8-AAA crown
HANAHAN — A 55-21 victory over Hilton Head capped Hanahan’s homecoming celebration with a Region 8-AAA championship Friday night at Wiley Knight Stadium.
The title is the second in as many seasons for the Hawks since moving up to Class AAA and secures home-field advantage through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs, which begin Nov. 8.
“We have to win the first one to have two, but I think that’s big to be able to play at home come playoff time,” said fifth-year Hanahan coach Charlie Patterson. “Some teams might have a long ways to travel, and that bus ride can be tough on you. It’s always good to be at home.”
The Hawks (9-0, 4-0) look to finish the regular season with an unblemished mark next week against Stall, while the Seahawks (7-2, 2-2) will face Berkeley.
Hilton Head took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter, but Hanahan countered 54 seconds later when Sam Denmark snagged Mason Schwerzler’s pass, spun off two Seahawks players and cruised into the end zone.
Shortly thereafter, Terrell Green used his athletic, 6-4 frame to compensate for Schwerzler’s underthrown pass and tally a 75-yard touchdown reception, providing the Hawks with a 14-7 lead that would not be relinquished.
Senior Quan Wade notched three touchdown runs – of 22, 3 and 28 yards – in the second quarter, and a Hanahan goal-line stand kept the 28-point cushion intact at halftime.
A 20-minute break for homecoming festivities did not interrupt Wade’s performance, though. On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, he scampered 69 yards for his fourth straight TD and 15th of the season.
“We scored right away in the second half,” Patterson said. “We hadn’t been doing very well coming out from halftime in the third quarter, so I was glad to see that change for us this week.”
Wade finished the night with 184 yards rushing and needs just 33 more to break the 1,000-yard mark this season.
Seahawks freshman Tyler Hamilton sandwiched TD runs of 55 and 3 yards between Green’s second touchdown catch of the evening and a 62-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Kahlim Denmark late in the fourth quarter.
Schwerzler threw for 246 yards, three scores and one interception. The Hawks, ranked No. 2 in the state among AAA teams, outgained Hilton Head, 509-279, in total yardage.
Hilton Head 7 0 0 14–21
Hanahan 14 21 13 7–55
HH – Chase Rinehart 1 run (Savannah Reier kick)
H – Sam Denmark 68 pass from Mason Schwerzler (Kyle Spigner kick)
H – Terrell Green 75 pass from Schwerzler (Spigner kick)
H – Wade 22 run (Spigner kick)
H – Wade 3 run (Spigner kick)
H – Wade 28 run (Spigner kick)
H – Wade 69 run (Spigner kick)
H – Green 23 pass from Schwerzler (Spigner kick failed)
HH – Tyler Hamilton 55 run (Reier kick)
HH – Hamilton 3 run (Reier kick)
H – Kahlim Denmark 62 kickoff return (Spigner kick)