Beaufort Academy 54, Andrew Jackson 30
Beaufort Academy started off its region schedule on a winning note, vaulting past Andrew Jackson with a strong second half Friday night for a 54-30 win in Ehrhardt.
The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Andrew Jackson tied it up by the end of the first quarter. The Confederates went into halftime with a 30-26 lead.
The Eagles flexed their muscles from then on, holding the hosts scoreless after the break.
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"We really took the will away from them," Beaufort Academy coach Wheatley Alford said.
Jack Griffith had a lot to do with that.
Griffith had 158 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He also had five receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 33-yard touchdown pass to John Sturgis. Griffith also had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown. And he had 12 tackles and a sack on defense.
Quarterback Gibson Achurch was 8 of 14 passing for 173 yards and three scores. Sturgis, an eighth-grader, had four catches for 93 yards and pair of touchdowns.
Ray Aiello had seven tackles and a fumble recovery on defense for Beaufort Academy (2-4 overall, 1-0 region), which hosts Patrick Henry in a region game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Thomas Heyward Academy 39, St. John's Christian 20
A strong rushing attack, led by Ryan Day and JD Tuten, helped the Rebels steadily pull away and remain undefeated on the season.
The Rebels led 7-0 after one quarter and were up 15-7 at halftime. The lead was 28-13 going into the final quarter.
Day finished with 207 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries. Tuten added 117 yards on 16 attempts.
Nick Keiffer led Thomas Heyward with seven tackles. Jonathan Halker and Josh Mason had six tackles apiece for the Rebels (4-0), who play at Robert E. Lee on Friday.
Hilton Head Prep 31, Bible Baptist 6
The Dolphins broke open a close game late, outscoring the hosts 21-0 in the fourth quarter to open their region schedule with a victory.
Hilton Head Prep (3-2 overall, 1-0 region) led 10-0 at the half and was up 10-6 after three quarters before pulling away.
Jeremy Haidon accounted for much of the Dolphins' offense, rushing for 102 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, and also passing for 91 yards and a score. He was 7 of 16 passing with an interception.
Teron Daley added 54 rushing yards on eight carries. Jon Dillon had two receptions for 48 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown.
Colin White had a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He was also perfect on four extra-point attempts and was 1 for 2 on field goals, making a 35-yarder.
Austin Baker led the Dolphins with 13 tackles. Marc Halseth added nine tackles and a sack, and Noah Sulek made eight stops.
The Dolphins have a bye next week before their homecoming game against Northwood Academy.
Allendale-Fairfax 36, Whale Branch 22
The Warriors' unbeaten start came to a halt Friday in Fairfax, as the host Tigers pulled away in the second half to improve to 2-0 in Region 5-A.
Whale Branch (4-1 overall, 1-1 region) held a 22-20 lead in the third quarter before Allendale-Fairfax (3-2, 2-0) rallied.
Whale Branch hosts Ridgeland at 7:30 p.m. Friday in another Region 5-A matchup.
Estill 24, Hardeeville 9
Phillip Harris had an 8-yard touchdown run and kicked a 25-yard field goal to put the Hurricanes up 9-0 at the half, but the home team rallied after the break to keep Hardeeville winless on the season.
Estill (2-3 overall, 2-0 Region 5-A) blocked two punts to help spark the comeback.
Hardeeville (0-5, 0-2) hosts Bethune-Bowman at 7:30 p.m. Friday in another Region 5-A contest.