Stags stampede Seahawks

The Berkeley Stags made the most of their TV time, scoring on eight straight possessions, including three touchdowns by Lance Simmons and two by Rahkeem White, to roll to a 55-14 Region 7-AAA win over Hilton Head High on Thursday night.

The game was moved up a day so it could be broadcast on Charleston's Pizza Hut Thursday Night Lights telecast and Berkeley had plenty of plays for the highlight reel.

The Stags (4-2, 1-0) turned over the ball on downs on their first possession then proceeded to rack up seven straight touchdowns.

The Stags struck early with a 27-yard scoring strike from quarterback Tevin Bradshaw to wide receiver Nick Hill.

White followed with a 45-yard touchdown run over the right side to give the Stags a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Simmons added a 57-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Stags up by three touchdowns.

Hilton Head High quarterback Michael Julian, doubling as the team's punter, put the Seahawks on the board later in the quarter, chucking a Hail Mary pass off a bad snap to Desmond Bush for a 56-yard touchdown.

"That was some play," Berkeley coach Jerry Brown said. "Everybody fell down and he threw a touchdown pass, a real Hail Mary."

The special teams glitch was the only hiccup in the Stags' first half, romping to a 35-7 halftime lead on touchdowns by Simmons and White.

Up 41-7 in the third quarter following Simmons' third score, Bradshaw found paydirt for the second time, this time on the ground.

The Seahawks finally got their offense in gear midway through the fourth quarter, putting together an 11-play, 65-yard scoring drive that chewed almost seven minutes off the clock. The drive was capped by a Kalil Lewis 6-yard touchdown run.

Brown cleared the bench in the fourth quarter with Shaquille Thompson taking over for Bradshaw under center and promptly capped a seven-play 77-yard drive with a 51-yard dart down the right side to make the score 55-14 following Charles Mills sixth PAT.

Lance Simmons had himself a night, carrying the ball 13 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Rahkeem White scored twice and rushed for 138 yards as the Stags racked up more than 300 yards of offense in the first half alone.

"We played well tonight," Brown said. "Everybody got to play and that's how you build a program. The defense also did a good job shutting them down."

For Hilton Head High, Julian threw for 112 yards on 6 of 18 passing with one interception. Bush had four catches for 88 yards and threw a 31-yard halfback pass to Robert Iulo. Raheem Williams led the defense with 13 tackles.

Hilton Head High (2-4, 0-1) will travel to Lake Marion next Friday. The Stags host Battery Creek next Friday for homecoming. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.