Hawks run away from Timberland
The Hanahan football team donned black jerseys for the first time and are no longer singing the blues against county rival Timberland.
Instead, the Hawks left Timberland black and blue, ending a skid against their county rivals with a 41-0 victory on Friday.
The Hawks were mired in a 10-game losing skid in the series but dominated from the opening bell. Offensively, balance was the name of the game as they finished with over 500 yards.
“We call our defense the Blackhawks and we wear some black jerseys at practice,” HHS coach Charlie Patterson said. “I just felt like we'd all be Blackhawks tonight.”
His squad had lost close games to Timberland several times over the last six years but was clearly the better team on Friday.
Bruising running back Quan Wade topped the 200-yard mark and reached the end zone twice. His 91-yard scamper gave the Hawks a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Then he added a 23-yard scoring run in the third quarter as Hanahan pulled away.
“That's what we strive for, is balance,” Patterson said. “We try and take what the defense gives us. Some nights we might run it more. Some nights we might pass it more. We just try to take what's there… I feel like we left some points out there.”
“They pretty much beat us in every phase of the game,” Timberland coach Art Craig said. “… I knew going in they were a great team.”
HHS quarterback Mason Schwerzler threw for over 220 yards and hit Terrell Green for a 25-yard score with under a minute left in the opening half to make it 17-0. Hanahan then blew it open with 17 points in the third quarter.
The Hawks were just as potent on defense and forced four turnovers. Timberland finished with under 200 yards of total offense.
“We don't have a lot of numbers and they wore us down,” Craig said. “They stuck it to us.”
Kicker Kyle Spigner added two chip shot field goals for the Hawks, while backup quarterback Christian Leakey ended the rout with a 20-yard touchdown run.
The Hawks improved to 2-0, while Timberland fell to 1-1.
Hanahan takes on Bishop England on Friday while Timberland tangles with Cross.