Hanahan moved closer to a Region 8-AAA championship on Thursday night, posting an impressive 30-10 win over visiting James Island at Wiley Knight Stadium.
Senior quarterback Anthony Smalls provided most of Hanahan’s offense, throwing for 96 yards and rushing for 101 as the Hawks (7-1, 3-0) rolled up more than 200 yards on the ground.
“When you have a horse, you ride him, and we certainly know what Anthony is capable of with the football in his hands,” said Hanahan head coach Charlie Patterson.
Junior Quan Wade added 62 yards rushing and Octavius Hayes chipped in with 88 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’re healthy now, and it’s allowing us to be real balanced offensively,” said Patterson. “We hit some big passes tonight and we were able to run the football in the fourth quarter.”
Wade got things going early, gaining 45 yards on three carries and capping a 61-yard drive with an 11-yard run, giving Hanahan a 6-0 lead with 5:57 left in the first quarter.
After forcing a punt, Hanahan’s Kyle Spigner booted a 30-yard field with 2:38 left in the opening period for a 9-0 lead.
James Island (3-5, 1-2) finally got some offense going in the second quarter, eating up more than six minutes on a 14-play drive that ended with Reggie Rosario’s 27-yard field goal.
Hanahan answered quickly, however, going 69 yards in six plays with Hayes scoring on a 16-yard run with 2:50 to play in the first half.
James Island made things interesting just before halftime, putting together a 64-yard drive in a little over two minutes as Ty Stubbs hit Tyler Wilder with a six-yard scoring pass with 23 seconds left in the half, trimming the margin to 16-10.
“I was disappointed with the way we ended the first half and I challenged the defense to go out in the second half and get control of the game,” Patterson said. “They responded great. They got a shutout in the second half and really didn’t let James Island get anything going.”
Neither team scored in the third quarter, though Hanahan had a 62-yard touchdown pass called back due to penalty.
Hanahan dominated the final period, however, as Smalls’ two-yard run with 10:05 left in the game pushed the lead to 23-10.
Hayes added a 31-yard scamper with 2:49 remaining to finish off the rout.
Hanahan can clinch the region title next week with a win at Hilton Head.
“It’s a long trip against a quality opponent so we know it’s going to be a big challenge,” said Patterson.
H – Quan Wade 11 run (Kyle Spigner kick failed)
H – Spigner 30 field goal
JI – Reggie Rosario 17 field goal
H – Octavius Hayes 16 run (Spigner kick)
JI – Tyler Stubbs 6 pass from Ty Stubbs (Rosario kick)
H – Anthony Smalls 2 run (Spigner kick)
H – Hayes 31 run (Spigner kick)