Cobras ground Hawks, 17-0

For the second time this season, the Cane Bay Cobras hosted an undefeated team. This time, the Cobras finished the job.

Two weeks after a disheartening one-point loss to Fort Dorchester, Cane Bay handed Hanahan its first loss of the 2015 season with a 17-0 shutout of the explosive Hawks. The win marked Cane Bay’s second shutout since the 2011 season. Cane Bay improved to 3-2 overall while the Hawks dropped to 3-1.

Cane Bay’s defense limited Hanahan to 160 total yards, including only 47 yards rushing. The defensive effort impressed Cane Bay head coach Russell Zehr.

“I have to really hand it to our defense tonight,” Zehr said. “I honestly felt like we would have to score 30 points to win this game. They (Hanahan) have so many weapons, just like Fort Dorchester. It’s incredible that our guys were able to do this. We really got after them tonight.”

Hanahan never threatened to score in the game, with their deepest penetration being the Cane Bay 29-yard line in the first half. Hawks quarterback Victor Colbert managed 113 yards on 14-of-32 passing, but was intercepted twice by Dwayne Swett, including one at the 1-yard line to thwart Hanahan’s best scoring opportunity.

“We never got anything going, running or passing,” Hanahan head coach Charlie Patterson said. “Credit Cane Bay. They really played well. On our end, we have a lot of work to do. We have to find some consistency on offense.”

The teams traded punts often in the early going. Cane Bay ran 11 offensive plays from Hanahan’s end of the field but came away with no points as both teams entered the second quarter scoreless.

The Cobras got on the board early in the second period on Keenan Simpson’s 4-yard run with 11:24 left in the quarter. The score capped an eight-play, 62-yard drive. Simpson finished the night with 70 yards rushing.

Phillip Jackson’s 35-yard field goal with 5:38 remaining gave Cane Bay a 10-0 lead. The Hawks’ best drive of the first half came late in the second. Hanahan reached the Cane Bay 29, but a sack by linebacker Paul Peart pushed the Hawks back to the 40. The drive stalled on fourth down after a Dwayne Swett interception with 24 seconds left in the half.

Cane Bay mustered 131 total yards in the opening half while limiting Hanahan to 101 total yards.

Hanahan controlled play for most of the third quarter but was unable to crack the red zone. A blocked punt gave the Hawks a first down at Cane Bay’s 36-yard line but Colbert lost a fumble on third down at the 25-yard line.

Sophomore quarterback RJ Roderick capped off the big win with a 21-yard run with 2:13 left in the game. Roderick finished with 85 yards rushing and 35 yards passing.

Hanahan standout receiver Sam Denmark finished the night with nine catches for 72 yards.

“We’ve bounced back well since that loss to Fort Dorchester and we’re gaining some confidence,” Zehr said. “We’ve got a long ways to go but I’m proud of how hard this football team is working and playing.”

Cane Bay will play at 5-0 Ashley Ridge next Friday while Hanahan will play Stratford.