After Beaufort Academy's 48-20 loss to Patrick Henry Academy in the regular-season finale, coach Brock Vaigneur said the Eagles didn't succeed in their goal of winning the SCISAA 8-man Region 2 title, but "all is not lost."
The Eagles finish 6-4, 5-2 in the region, to shatter the previous school mark of three wins. And Beaufort Academy has locked up a playoff bid, the first in school history, a year after a one-win season.
"I'm proud of my players," Vaigneur said. "I think that the BA fan base is proud, as well, with us making the playoffs and having a winning season after last year."
Last season, Beaufort Academy managed just one victory.
Vaigneur said the Patriots (9-2, 6-1) were simply bigger and stronger than the Eagles and he hoped Friday's outcome would encourage the team to hit the weight room.
Eagles running back Reyn Robinson rushed for 241 yards but just one touchdown. Clay Melville added two touchdowns and Christopher Bragg had a two-point conversion.
Robinson was outdone by the only player in the state with more rushing yards -- PHA running back Joseph Wilson.
"We just couldn't stop him," Vaigneur said. "He just ran all over us. He carried it on nearly every play. We just couldn't stop him, and the rain didn't help."
Vaigneur said Wilson was stellar on defense, as well, shadowing Robinson for much of the game.
The loss likely drops the Eagles to third place, costing them a home playoff game, but nothing is set in stone until Monday morning, when SCISAA athletics director Mike Fanning verifies the playoff seedings.