Hawks move to 8-0, on verge of region crown
Mason Schwerzler threw three first-half touchdowns and No. 2 Hanahan coasted past James Island 41-8 on the road Friday night, moving within one victory of the Region 8-AAA championship.
Receiver Saaehim Brooks scored on grabs of 33 and 7 yards and running back Quan Wade reached the end zone with runs of 3 and 15 yards for the Hawks.
“They were doing some things to try to take (wide receiver) Terrell (Green) out of the game and we had some other guys step up,” HHS coach Charlie Patterson said. “The line gave us good pass protection and Mason threw it well.”
The Hawks (8-0) host Hilton Head on homecoming on Friday and can capture the region crown with a win. Hilton Head is 7-1, with that lone setback coming on Friday, 33-7, against Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
Patterson said he could see on film Hilton Head has some good athletes but his larger concern is his own team. Even in dominating efforts on the scoreboard, the Hawks have not been dialed in at times.
“I’m more concerned about our focus and us playing to our level and our expectation,” he said. “I think at times we’ve played very well. I would just like to see us maintain that more consistently because we’re going to need that later.”
It’s not about point totals. It’s about execution.
“If the defense makes a play and stops us, that’s one thing,” he said. “I don’t like to see us stop ourselves with dropped passes, fumbles and mistakes we make.”
The Hawks raced out of the gate in a hurry against James Island, scoring on Schwerzler’s 44-yard scoring strike to Sam Denmark.
Brooks had his touchdown grabs in the first half, sandwiched around Wade’s short touchdown run as the Hawks built a 28-0 lead in the first half.
James Island avoided the shutout with a touchdown in the third quarter after Hanahan fumbled the kickoff.
After a scoreless third quarter, Wade scored his second touchdown in the final period and Vontre Howard tacked on an 11-yard touchdown run for the final margin of victory.
Patterson said he thought the Hawks were complacent coming out of the locker room for the second half.
“We’ve got to do a better job of when we get a lead of maintaining our level of play,” Patterson said. “Seems like when we get a lead, our level of play drops off a little bit.”
The Hawks are outscoring opponents by an average of 35.3 points per game.
After Hilton Head, the Hawks end the regular season at home against Stall.
The Class AAA playoffs begin on Nov. 8.