A dream season came to a nightmarish end on Friday.
The Hanahan Hawks, previously unbeaten and untested, were handed their first defeat by Marlboro County, 7-6, in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs at Wiley Knight Stadium.
The Hawks ended up with an 11-1 record and waved goodbye to a slew of seniors, including quarterback Mason Schwerzler, North-South receiver Terrell Green, leading rusher Quan Wade and 11 other starters from a squad the won the Region 8-AAA championship.
Hanahan’s offense turned the ball over seven times against the Bulldogs and didn’t score a touchdown for the first time this season. They were averaging 43.3 points per game.
Two field goals in the first quarter by senior Kyle Spigner were all the Hawks could muster against Marlboro County, which advanced to take on Socastee. Hanahan also dropped a touchdown pass and Spigner misfired on another field goal try.
Schwerzler was 8 of 26 for 92 yards against Marlboro County’s athletic defense.
The Bulldogs (10-2) failed to reach the end zone on offense either but scored on a 27-yard fumble return and got the extra point in the opening quarter. The Hanahan defense forced Marlboro County into five turnovers.
Among the starting group set to return next season is receiver Sam Denmark, linebacker Tre Smalls (leading tackler), leading pass interceptor Deandrea Thompson, four offensive linemen and three defensive linemen.