COLUMBIA — Colleton Prep Academy’s bid to capture a state football championship fell just a little short as the War Hawks dropped a 26-13 decision to Williamsburg Academy in the SCISA Class A state title contest.
Colleton Prep also saw its three-game winning streak snapped, and the War Hawks finished 6-7 overall this season.
“I can’t say enough about how hard we played today,” said Colleton Prep first-year head coach Ryan Bishop. “We really battled as hard as we could. We made some mistakes, had some penalties and a few turnovers, but that’s football. Williamsburg is a very good football team. They certainly played well today. We gave it all we had but we came up a little short.”
The game opened with plenty of excitement as Colleton Prep freshman Nick Padgett took the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead.
Williamsburg Academy answered, however, with a four-play, 56-yard drive that ended with Robbie Heathcott’s 26-yard scoring pass to tight end Justin McCrea with 10:19 remaining. Williamsburg missed the extra point.
McCrea and Heathcott combined again with 3:53 to play in the first quarter, this time on a 63-yard touchdown connection, giving the Stallions a 12-7 lead. Heathcott finished the night with 166 yards passing and 30 yards rushing, while McCrea would tally 104 yards on three catches.
That would be all of the scoring in the first half as both teams moved the ball but failed to score. Colleton Prep missed a pair of field goals to end drives.
Perhaps the biggest play of the game came early in the third quarter. Williamsburg was backed up to its own 12-yard line, facing a third-and-33. Fullback Dillon Davis took an inside handoff, broke free to the outside and raced down the right sideline 88 yards for a touchdown. Heathcott’s two-point conversion pass to Frank Erwin gave the Stallions a 20-7 lead with 9:44 to play in the third quarter.
“That play broke our back,” said Bishop. “If we get a stop there and get the ball back in good field position, we felt we were moving the ball. Again, just a few too many mistakes to win today.”
Colleton Prep quarterback Tanner Crosby passed for 180 yards in the game and led the War Hawks on a time-consuming 17-play, 90-yard drive that started in the third quarter and ended with 7:51 to play in the game. Junior running back Will Carter, who rushed for 57 yards in the game, scored on a four-yard run to trim the Williamsburg lead to 20-13.
Williamsburg, however, answered the score with a touchdown with 3:32 remaining in the game for the final margin.
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