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Seahawks shut down by Cane Bay, 37-7

Raheem Williams plays with energy. His teammates often feed off it.

But by the end of Friday night, Hilton Head High's defensive captain had nothing left to give.

He stood on the field at Hilton Head Island Community Stadium with a look of desperation on his face -- likely the product of a player with more questions than answers about his team.

He wasn't the only one.

Cane Bay overpowered, wore out and thoroughly beat up the Seahawks in a 37-7 win in a matchup of Region 7-AAA teams. Hilton Head High scored the first touchdown of the game, after which the Cobras strung together 37 consecutive points to close out the night.

After the game, Williams questioned his team's effort.

"We had heart in the beginning, but everybody gave up after the first touchdown (we allowed)," Williams said. "We have to fight hard together, and basically, instead we just gave up."

Seahawks coach Tim Singleton echoed Williams' comments, saying the team had a lack of effort in trying to match the Cobras' physical play.

Cane Bay used its size advantage to wear down the Seahawks, primarily in the run game. The Cobras carried the ball 54 times for 347 yards and three touchdowns. James Bishop was the workhorse -- he finished with 197 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries. Anthony Enos also topped the century mark, rushing for 101 yards and turning two of his 19 attempts into touchdown runs.

The high rushing total is nothing new for a Seahawks team that has struggled to tackle opposing rushers throughout the season.

"Some of it was effort. Some of it was coaching. And all of it was about our team," Singleton said. "We have got to get better, or our future is really dim. It makes no sense to still give up those kinds of rushing yards eight weeks later. It really makes no sense to me."

Hilton Head High's offense didn't do its defense any favors. The Seahawks accumulated four first downs on their opening 98-yard scoring drive, which Michael Julian capped with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Adam Orischak. The Seahawks were 3 for 3 on third downs during the drive.

But Hilton Head High (3-5, 1-2 Region 7-AAA) followed its scoring drive with three-and-outs on seven of its next eight possessions. The Seahawks managed only two first downs over the rest of the game and were held to 17 rushing yards on 22 carries, including minus-12 after halftime. Matt Bex led the team with 16 yards.

Julian completed 10 of 21 passes for 119 yards and an interception.

The Seahawks ran only 43 offensive plays, in large part due to their inability to move the chains in a lackluster second half. They were 1 for 7 on third-down conversions over the final two quarters, in which the Cobras (4-4, 2-1) outscored them 20-0.

"We literally started playing the whole game in our own backfield instead of moving the ball downfield," Singleton said. "We didn't meet their intensity. ... We just didn't step up to the plate and fight back."

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