Beaufort Academy came within one play of its first win Friday. The Eagles launched a last-gasp pass that was intercepted to end the game, a 38-36 home victory for Clarendon Hall.
Clarendon Hall jumped to a 10-point lead in the first half, but the Eagles bolted in front in the second half. They maintained the lead until the final 1:40, setting up their desperation drive. They picked up a couple of first downs before the fateful turnover.
“It was a fantastic, great game,” said Beaufort Academy head coach Scott Richard. “It was fun to be a part of it. I learned some things about our players tonight.
“I think we really came together. If this game was any indication, it’s going to be a fun year.”
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Kevin Williams connected on four of seven pass attempts for 123 yards. Trey Dean also racked up 55 yards through the air with his lone completion.
Chris Boggs led the receiving effort with four touchdown grabs. They covered 123 yards.
Williams also rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries. Jaxon Spradling had an 8-yard scoring run.
Richards was excited about the play of Jalen Moon, a late arrival to the team because of injury. Moon gained 65 yards on the ground and anchored the middle of the Eagles’ defense.
Hilton Head Island 40, Whale Branch 8
Collin Kaiser tossed three first-half touchdown passes to spark the homestanding Hilton Head Island Seahawks past the Whale Branch Warriors in their season opener.
Kaiser connected with Tyler Hamilton to kick off the scoring in the first quarter. In the second period, he found Bryce Singleton and Sterling White open for scores.
The Seahawks were also effective on the ground, getting scoring runs from White, Singleton and John Bell.
The Warriors (0-2) tallied their lone touchdown in the final period.
First Presbyterian 38, Hilton Head Christian 21
The Hilton Head Christian Eagles tallied two touchdowns in the fourth period, one each by freshman Zach Doe and senior James Bartholomew, before bowing to First Presbyterian 38-21 on the road Friday night.
The Highlanders held off the Eagles by responding with a late score.
The Eagles, who trailed 26-7 at one point, tallied a 50-yard touchdown when sophomore Dargan Cherry threw a pass to freshman Floyd Hargrove. They didn’t find the end zone again until their fourth-quarter flurry.
Senior Craig Oliver posted 10 tackles for Hilton Head Christian and senior James Bartholomew picked off two passes and scored once. Junior Chandler Edmonds also logged two interceptions.
Freshmen Zach Doe and Floyd Hargrove each scored a touchdown. Hargrove hauled in three passes.
St. Andrew’s 63, John Paul II 6
St. Andrews (2-0) used a powerful running game to overwhelm John Paul II (0-2) in Savannah.
The Golden Warriors had a few bright spots as Nyleem Wright connected with Karl Johnson on a 90-yard touchdown pass. Also, John Paul improved on special teams and took better care of the ball than it did in its season opener.
“I was really proud of our players for their effort in the second half as we continue to grow and develop our program,” John Paul II coach Kevin Wald said.