Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Hanahan is aiming to end Timberland’s decade of dominance in the series when the Hawks host their county rivals on Friday night.
Both teams are coming off victories on Friday. Hanahan cruised by Military Magnet 67-14 and Timberland endured a much more competitive battle with Manning, winning 18-13.
The Wolves have excelled in close games over the years, especially against Hanahan recently.
A year ago, Timberland scooped up a fumble with just over a minute left to stun Hanahan 25-21, the 10th straight victory in the series for the Wolves. In the 2011 playoffs, Timberland defeated the Hawks 28-21.
“The first rule of football is don’t beat yourself,” HHS coach Charlie Patterson said. “We kind of felt like we beat ourselves up there last year. We’ve got to prevent that from happening this year. We certainly can’t give them any points.”
Ending the Timberland skid may be a season goal for the players but it’s not something Patterson is going to place too much stock in. He said his team is aiming to win all of them equally and Timberland is just another team on schedule.
“It’s not the end-all whether we win or lose,” he added. “If we win the game, that’s great. But win or lose we can’t hang our hat on that one. There’s a lot of football left to play… our season goal is not to beat Timberland. Our season goal is to end up in Columbia in December.”
The first step of the season was an easy one for Hanahan.
The Hawks led 54-0 at the half against MMA. Quarterback Mason Schwerzler threw three touchdown passes, two to Terrell Green, and running back Quan Wade topped the 100-yard mark, scoring on runs of 51 and 31 yards. Sam Denmark hauled in a touchdown pass and added a 92-yard kickoff return for a score. The Hawks also got touchdowns from backup quarterbacks Christian Leakey and Walt Fagan. Running back Haven Horlback tacked on another, a 1-yard plunge following Corbin Heyward’s blocked punt and recovery.
Defensively, Deandre Thompson snagged a pass out of the air and returned it 29 yards for a score.
“I don’t know how much that tells us about our team,” Patterson said. “They only had a few players. “We’ll find out more about our team this week. We’ve got to play better to win.”
While Hanahan was battering MMA, Timberland got 130-plus yards and a touchdown from running back Bernard Hammond in beating Manning.