High School Sports

Thomas Heyward overpowers First Baptist, 58-0

Logan Mock proved he could be a versatile weapon out of the backfield last season.

As a senior, however, the Thomas Heyward Academy running back has taken that versatility to the next level.

Along with leading the area in rushing yards, Mock is the Rebels' statistical leader in receiving yards, return yards and tackles.

Thomas Heyward's do-it-all player got it done once again on Friday night as the Rebels raced past winless First Baptist, 58-0.

Mock finished with 197 yards on 14 carries, scoring three rushing touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass and made an interception. And his numbers could have been even bigger, considering he touched the ball just twice in the second half.

"He's a little stud," Thomas Heyward coach Nic Shuford said. "Five-foot-7, about 150 pounds, but man, he runs like he's 5-11, 200. He's quick and shifty. People don't expect him to run as hard and as physical as he does, but he's not scared to lower his shoulder and try to get some yardage."

Mock now has 1,115 rushing yards on the season for the Rebels (5-2, 1-1 SCISAA Region 2-AA), who are riding a three-game win streak.

"Senior year, knowing that this is coming to an end, I'm giving it everything I've got on every play, no matter what," Mock said. "The coaches give me opportunities and I take advantage of them."

Mock's presence in the backfield also opened up Thomas Heyward's passing game. Quarterback JD Tuten threw a career-high four touchdown passes -- two to Bryan Lee Wade, one to Andrew Fowler and the other to Mock.

"We do pretty good when I roll out -- I'm not that good of a pocket passer," Tuten said. "Our receivers are very good at running routes and getting open. We've come along with our hands. ... We've gotten 10 times better and Logan opens up the passing game tremendously."

It was another night to forget for First Baptist (0-8, 0-2 SCISAA Region 2-AA). The Hurricanes were held to 20 yards rushing on 27 carries and quarterback Andrew Watson was picked off twice. The lone bright spot was the play of wide receiver Lawton Hendricks, who caught six passes for 72 yards.

His success against Thomas Heyward's secondary could spell trouble for the Rebels, considering pass-happy Hilton Head Prep is on tap next Friday.

"It's definitely going to be a tough matchup for us," Shuford said. "Everybody knows how potent Prep's offense is. We know we have our work cut out for us."

Thomas Heyward may also have to play that game without two key players. Sophomore Ryan Day, who missed the first four games with a broken collarbone, was pulled after the first series, nursing the same shoulder. Ward Burrus, one of the team's defensive leaders, also came out of the game with a shoulder injury just before halftime.

"We'll have to get some X-rays and see what exactly is going on there," Shuford said.