Stall at Beaufort football
The numbers didn't look promising for R.B. Stall High School coming into Friday night's football game at Beaufort High School. The numbers said the Warriors were 0-5 and had been outscored 240-42.
The numbers continued to tell the story Friday.
Beaufort High jumped out to a 41-0 lead in the first half and sent the reeling Warriors back to Charleston with another lopsided loss, 63-6.
The win moved the Eagles to 4-2 on the season and 1-0 in Region 8-AAA. Stall dropped to 0-6 and 0-1.
Beaufort High had two interceptions -- including a pick-six -- and piled up 318 rushing yards in the first half alone.
Coach Mark Clifford pulled back on the reins after that, putting in his backups to start the second half. The Eagles' reserves got in on the act, outscoring Stall 15-0 in the second half.
Beaufort found a way to score in every aspect of the game: rushing, passing, on defense and with special teams.
The Eagles finished with 504 yards on 38 carries -- an average of 13.3 yards per attempt. They only threw five passes on the night. Sophomore Kyleik Middleton made the most of his five runs, tallying 131 yards and two touchdowns. Wyatt Sherpensky had seven carries for 90 yards and a pair of scores, and Jeffrey Tookes had 62 yards and a score on seven rushes.
The Eagles put points on the board on their first seven series on offense. Their first and only punt of the night came in the fourth quarter.
Reid Daughtry and Elijah Thrower had interceptions for Beaufort in the first half, with Thrower returning his 50 yards for a score. Omar Cummings added an interception on the first play of the third quarter, and the Eagles recovered a pair of fumbles after halftime.
Stall's only points came late in the second quarter on a drive led by quarterback Derius McNeil. McNeil was 4-for-5 passing on the series, finishing it off with a 47-yard catch-and-run by Juwan Scott.
Cummings promptly swung the momentum back to Beaufort with an 89-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff.
With a running clock after halftime, Beaufort High only had four possessions in the final two quarters.
"I like this football team," Clifford said. "They're a little bit different than any other team I've had -- they kind of love to practice. If you get a team with leadership like they have, and they love to come out and practice -- and realize why they practice -- you're going to get better every week.
"I thought we got better tonight, as a team," he said. "But we know that next week is a big test."
"Next week" is the Eagles' showdown with Region 8-AAA frontrunner Hilton Head Island High School. That game will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hilton Head.
Beaufort High 63, RB Stall 6
RB Stall 0 6 0 0 -- 6
Beaufort High 28 20 13 2 -- 63
B-- Wyatt Sherpensky 1 run (Will Durbin kick), 8:00
B-- Sherpensky 19 run (Durbin kick), 5:20
B-- Elijah Thrower 50 interception return (Durbin kick), 3:54
B-- Kyleik Middleton 55 run (Durbin kick), 1:24
B-- Rome Wallace 26 pass from Connor Gruel (kick failed), 7:58
B-- Jeffrey Tookes 8 run (Durbin kick), 3:02
S-- Juwan Scott 47 pass from Derius McNeil (kick blocked), 1:14
B-- Omar Cummings 89 kick return (Durbin kick), 0:59
B-- William Spann 5 run (kick failed), 8:21
B-- Middleton 15 run (Durbin kick), 4:09
B-- Safety, punt snap went out of end zone, 6:01