Hanahan High’s football team was lights out on Friday night. Literally.
The Hawks improved to 3-1 with a convincing 34-0 win over visiting Edisto in a game that was delayed after three quarters when a transformer blew near the stadium, leaving the stadium dark for about 20 minutes.
The power outage only prolonged the inevitable for the Cougars, who mustered only 120 total yards through three quarters against Hanahan’s aggressive defense. Hanahan’s starting defense accounted for 12 plays of no gain or negative yardage, effectively controlling Edisto’s playmaking quarterback Tyrell Maxwell.
“We feel like we’ve been a pretty good defense all year and tonight they played pretty well,” said Hawks coach Charlie Patterson. “Their quarterback is a good player and we knew we had to keep him under wraps. They came out early and tried to run it on us some but we’re pretty good against the run. We missed an assignment here and there but overall it was a good night for us. Hard to complain about a shutout.”
Hanahan’s offense was led by the usual suspects. Senior quarterback Anthony Smalls was efficient, passing for 92 yards and rushing for 50 while Octavius Hayes had 103 yards rushing. Senior receiver Mario Gates caught five passes for 86 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown pass to Smalls.
Hanahan forced and recovered a fumble on Edisto’s 41-yard line on the second play of the game and needed eight plays to score as Hayes scored on a 9-yard run with 7:16 to play in the first.
Hanahan’s defense limited Edisto to only 63 total yards in the first half and kept the Cougars backed up for most of the half. Edisto punted from its own end zone to the 32-yard line and Smalls made it 13-0 with a 1-yard dive with 11:23 to play in the second quarter.
Smalls and Gates hooked up on the 60-yard scoring pass, capping a 95-yard drive and pushing the lead to 20-0 with 5:26 to play in the first half.
Brian Ford’s interception and 81-yard return with 6:33 left in the third quarter pushed Hanahan’s lead to 27-0.
Hayes closed out the scoring with eight minutes left in the game, scampering 34 yards for his second touchdown of the night.
“We’re still a little banged up offensively, got some guys trying to get healthy,” said Patterson. “I think we have the potential to be pretty balanced once we get everyone back.”
H—Octavius Hayes 9 run (Kyle Spigner kick)
H—Anthony Smalls 1 run (kick blocked)
H—Mario Gates 60 pass from Smalls (Spigner kick)
H—Brian Ford 81 interception return (Spigner kick)
H—Hayes 34-yd run (Vidar Windsland kick)