“It was ugly,” Eagles head coach Ryan Mitch said.
But it was a win. Hilton Head Christian beat St. Andrew’s 24-14 on Friday at home in a game marked by several players missing the game or struggling because of injury or illness.
“It was probably our worst or second-worst game of the year,” Mitch said. “We were sluggish, out of rhythm. But I guess it was to be expected. Ryan Barrett was sick two days and out or practice and sick before the game.”
Mitch said HHCA (7-2, 4-1 SCISAA 2-AA) was missing “five or six starters” every practice this week with a nasty flu bug. And Andy Ballard was out with a high ankle sprain.
“You know it’s not going to be your best performance, but I didn’t expect it to be that bad,” Mitch said.
Still, the Eagles did enough to win. HHCA led 10-8 at the half on the strength of a 1-yard Chris Edwards touchdown run and a field goal. A 56-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to Zach Witton made it 17-8. Edwards put the icing on the cake with a 67-yard scoring run to make it 24-8.
“(Edwards) made a lot out of nothing tonight,” Mitch said. “He carried it 30 times tonight for 232 and two scores. The most carries he’d had all year had been 20.”
Barrett was 7 for 15 for 108 yards and threw an interception.
“Hopefully, this was our dud. Before Prep,” Mitch said. “It mattered for us, playoff seeding wise, but at least it wasn’t a one-and-done game. If it came against Calhoun Prep or Orangeburg Prep, we’re going home right now.”