High School Sports

Beaufort strikes fast in rout of rival Battery Creek, 62-6

No need to worry.

Beaufort High School's football team, playing host to a reinvigorated Battery Creek squad Friday, quickly eliminated any hope its rivals had for the upset on the road and ran away with a 62-6 victory.

Eagles coach Mark Clifford, whose team improved to 2-0, talked during the week about not looking past the Dolphins, especially with a big game the following week. But his team scored on an interception return and its first two offensive plays to remove the drama. Their focus now turns to a much-anticipated Region 8-AAAA opener at home with Fort Dorchester.

The Patriots handed Beaufort High its lone region loss last season.

"I know they're going to come in here strong," running back D'Vonta Cohen said. "We've got to do the same thing. We've got to go harder than what we've done the past two weeks."

Cohen scored four touchdowns Friday to bring his season total to nine. Quarterback Alex Gregory completed all four of his passes, including a 52-yard touchdown to Jordan Broussard.

Clifford had praised Battery Creek's defense after watching this Dolphins' film during the week. He said former Eagles offensive line coach David Fess, now Battery Creek's defensive coordinator, built a good scheme and convinced his players to follow.

Battery Creek (1-1) carried some momentum after winning its first game since 2009, a victory over Estill in Week 1. But the Dolphins came unraveled after several early miscues. Their first three drives ended with an interception returned for a score, a lost fumble and a blocked punt. Beaufort High converted three touchdowns as a result.

Run-first Battery Creek was forced to the air to try to get back in the game, with little success. The Dolphins finished with two rushers with more than 100 yards each and finished with more first downs than the Eagles.

But the flow of the game limited Beaufort High's offensive plays.

Eagles defensive back James Middleton, who blocked the early punt, later added a 38-yard interception return for a score late the first half. Clifford lauded the Eagles' special teams play. He said he would have to check the film after two JaClay Mixon punt returns for touchdowns were called back due to penalties. And Cohen's final score came on an 85-yard kickoff return.

After winning its first two games by a combined 100 points, the Eagles are expecting a tougher test this week. Players said Friday this game had been on their minds since the start of the season, that talk of one week at a time only went so far.

"It all leads up to Fort D, and defending our championship," senior defensive lineman Michael Bedwell said.