Goose Creek -- Stratford coach Ray Stackley says he still can't pin down exactly how good his team is this season.
The facts show the Knights are better than they've been in five years.
The Stratford defense more than held its own and running back Devin Washington topped the 100-yard mark, scoring twice, as the Knights continued their best start since 2006 with a 21-14 victory over Beaufort on Friday night.
"Our mantra, the thing we always say, is to continue getting better each week," said Stackley, whose team improved to 4-0. "I think tonight is evidence that this team is."
The improvement was in evidence as Stratford forced three turnovers in the second half, including a 63-yard interception return for a score by Justin Mood with 8:53 remaining that made it 21-7.
Beaufort (2-2) cut its deficit to 21-14 on Alex Gregory's 12-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Broussard with 3:05 left, but Stratford recovered the onside kick and converted a third-and-11 to run out the clock.
Stratford outgained the Eagles 289-226.
Stratford went up 14-0 in the opening half on a pair of Washington scoring runs, from 4 and 7 yards out. Washington had 65 yards at halftime and finished with 111.
The Eagles had a 65-yard touchdown drive before the half to make it 14-7, scoring on Gregory's 2-yard run.
The two other second-half turnovers forced by the Knights were crucial, too. DaQwan Stephens recovered a fumble after Beaufort drove to Stratford's 30 in the third quarter, and Traevon Thompson picked off a pass at the Knights' 4 to kill another Beaufort drive.
Next week, Stratford plays at Summerville. The Knights have not won in their series with the Green Wave since 2002.
S - Devin Washington 4 run (Cole Rymer kick)
S - Washington 7 run (Rymer kick)
B - Alex Gregory 2 run (Mitchell Stewart kick)
S - Justin Mood 63 interception return (Rymer kick)
B - Jordan Broussard 12 pass from Gregory (Stewart kick)