COLUMBIA -- Colleton Prep's ground and pound was in full force on Saturday as the Warhawks defeated Holly Hill Academy, 29-8, in the SCISA Class A State Championship game at Benedict College.
Senior tailback Tanner Cope rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown while senior fullback Heath Fisk added 83 yards and two scores as the Warhawks captured their third state title in 10 years.
Colleton Prep finishes the season with a 10-2 record in beating Holly Hill Academy for the second time this season.
Holly Hill Academy closes out the season with a 9-4 record.
"It was a struggle at times but our guys up front got it done and Tanner and Heath did what they do best," said Colleton Prep head coach Neil Minton. "Hats off to Holly Hill. They were physical and their guys up front were just great. It was a real battle."
Holly Hill was unable to take advantage of early field position, starting its first three drives near midfield but coming away with no points.
The Raiders threatened early in the second quarter, reaching the Warhawks one-yard line but ended up missing a 27-yard field goal after a holding penalty nullified a touchdown.
Colleton Prep immediately took control of the game, going 80 yards on nine plays with Fisk scoring from five yards out with 5:01 to play in the half.
Colleton Prep successfully executed an onside kick, converting in five plays on Fisk's one-yard plunge with 2:56 to play in the half.
"That was the turning point in the game," said Minton. "It was a great drive and then getting that onside kick was huge."
The Warhawks added a 30-yard field goal from Jacob Craven with 29 seconds left for a 15-0 lead at the break.
Fisk and Cope went back to work in the third quarter, rushing for 64 yards in a 67-yard drive with Cope scoring on a 25-yard run with 4:35 to play, upping the lead to 22-0.
Holly Hill mounted its best drive of the game on the following possession, covering 61 yards on nine plays with Noah Lewis scoring on a 19-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. McWaters tossed to Elias Dupree for the two-point conversion, cutting the lead to 22-8 with 11:53 to play in the game.
After forcing a punt, Holly Hill had seized the momentum but that quickly turned when Cal Young picked off a McWaters pass with 9:11 to play.
The Warhawks proceeded on a 47-yard drive, capped by a one-yard drive by quarterback Reed Houck with 5:26 to play in the game, upping the margin to 29-8.
--In the SCISA Class AA state championship game, Hilton Head Christian Academy held off Thomas Sumter, 35-21.
--Hammond held off Wilson Hall, 13-9, to claim the SCISA Class AAA state title.
CP - Heath Fisk 5 run (kick blocked)
CP - Fisk 1 run (run failed)
CP - Jacob Craven 30 field goal
CP - Tanner Cope 25 run (Craven kick)
HH - Noah Lewis 19 run (Jonathan McWaters pass to Elias Dupree)
CP - Reed Houck 1 run (Craven kick)