Focus and fire were missing in the finale but the Hanahan Hawks managed to finish off the regular season with a 34-0 victory over Stall on senior night at Wiley Knight Stadium.
It completed the first perfect regular season for the No. 2 Hawks since 1997.
HHS coach Charlie Patterson said he was not pleased with the showing on Friday and pointed the finger at himself.
To put Patterson’s frustration in perspective, Stall lost by 17 points to a team Hanahan scored 67 points on earlier in the season.
“We didn’t have very good focus or any enthusiasm,” Patterson said. “That’s my fault because I’m the head coach. We were flat and didn’t play very well.”
Still, Hanahan did plenty to beat a team that brought a 1-8 record into the game.
Running back Quan Wade rushed for 191 yards and scored twice, and receiver Sam Denmark had to at least tie the school record for the longest offensive play with a 99-yard scoring grab in the second half. Quarterback Mason Schwerzler was 6 of 13 for 113 yards with a touchdown pass and interception. He also had an 8-yard touchdown run as the Hawks had 417 yards of total offense.
Hanahan’s defense limited Stall to 79 yards of total offense.
Marlon Washington recovered a blocked punt for a special teams score for the Hawks. Washington and Deandrea Thompson made interceptions.
The Hawks begin the Class AAA playoffs on Friday.
“I told our guys that now you’re fighting for your life,” Patterson said. “If we play like that in the playoffs, we may not be sticking around very long. I’d like to think we’ll play with some more fire next week. If not, it could be a quick exit.”
They open up against Southside from Greenville and would meet either Swansea or Marlboro County in the second round.
Southside (6-4) is coming off a 31-27 loss to Pickens and has dropped three straight since opening 6-1.
The Tigers’ last victory was Oct. 11 at Eastside (28-7). They are averaging 25.9 points per game and allowing 19.5.