Video: Beaufort at Hilton Head football
For 24 minutes Friday night, it looked as if Hilton Head Island High School's undefeated record was going down.
But the Seahawks, playing for the second time in five days, dug deep to find something extra in the second half against Beaufort High.
The Seahawks outscored the visiting Eagles 28-6 in the second half and remained unbeaten with a 41-30 victory over their Region 8-AAA rival.
Beaufort High came out of the gates on a mission, controlling the clock and pounding away at the Hilton Head High defense with an array of runs.
After stopping the Seahawks with a three-and-out to start the game, Beaufort High reeled off a 15-play, 80-yard drive to get on the scoreboard first. Wyatt Sherpensky capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
An interception by Kameron Spann set the stage for another long scoring drive for the Eagles, as they took a 10-0 lead on Will Durbin's 37-yard field goal. Beaufort ran 13 plays on that drive.
If not for a couple of explosive plays, the Seahawks (7-0, 2-0) would have been in serious trouble. Bryce Singleton had a 62-yard touchdown catch on a quick slant pass, and Tyler Hamilton got behind the Beaufort secondary for a 40-yard scoring catch in the first half.
The Eagles (4-3, 1-1) ended the first half with a 24-13 lead. They ran 42 plays on offense -- 38 on the ground -- while holding the Seahawks to only 19 plays in the first half.
The Eagles piled up 207 rushing yards in the first half, breaking tackles and getting through the line of scrimmage quickly on most of those carries. Sherpensky had a whopping 20 carries for 122 yards in the first half.
The second half was a different story, however.
The Seahawks tightened up the gaps in their defensive front after halftime. On offense, they found a way to get star players Hamilton and Jestin Morrow more involved.
It didn't take long for the Seahawks to erase Beaufort's lead. Hamilton scored on a 63-yard draw early in the third quarter, and 5 minutes later Aiden Hegarty hit Morrow with an 11-yard bullet to put Hilton Head up 28-24. The Seahawks never trailed again.
Hegarty added a short scoring toss to Tyreke Young and another touchdown to Morrow in the fourth quarter, giving him a five-touchdown night. Hegarty was 16-for-22 passing for 265 yards with the five scores and one interception.
After having no carries in the first half, Hamilton put up 116 yards on 11 rushes in the second half. He also had three catches for 70 yards in the game.
Morrow had five catches for 66 yards -- all after halftime -- and also came up with an interception on defense late in the game to thwart any chance of a Beaufort comeback. Singleton finished with four receptions for 121 yards -- all in the first half.
Sherpensky finished with 28 carries for 151 yards for Beaufort. Jeffrey Tookes added 87 yards on 15 carries.
Quarterback Connor Gruel was 10-for-14 for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Rome Wallace had five catches for 86 yards for the Eagles.
Hilton Head Island High 41, Beaufort High 30
Beaufort 7 17 0 6-- 30
Hilton Head 0 13 15 13-- 41
B-- Wyatt Sherpensky 11 run (Will Durbin kick), 4:10
B-- Durbin 37 field goal, 8:47
H-- Bryce Singleton 62 pass from Aiden Hegarty (kick failed), 8:25
B-- Omar Cummings 5 run (Durbin kick), 5:20
B-- Jeffrey Tookes 16 run (Durbin kick), 2:59
H-- Tyler Hamilton 40 pass from Hegarty (Jonathan Orr kick), 2:09
H-- Hamilton 63 run (Singleton pass from Hegarty), 9:07
H-- Jestin Morrow 11 pass from Hegarty (Orr kick), 4:04
H-- Tyreke Young 4 pass from Hegarty (Orr kick), 9:50
B-- John-Ryan Goneke 9 pass from Connor Gruel (pass failed), 6:08
H-- Morrow 28 pass from Hegarty (kick blocked), 3:06