Hanahan High School’s football team notched its first victory of the season on Friday at Wiley Knight Stadium.
The Hawks hammered visiting Academic Magnet, 44-7, to make homecoming a victorious one. They enjoyed receiving their first pay day in the postgame huddle.
“To get a win with this team was a big, big thing for them,” HHS coach David Morbitzer said. “They’ve worked really hard. They were amped after the game. They were ready to go. We talked about at some point we had to have a turning point so why not this week.”
Hanahan running back Josh Shaw rushed for 110 yards and three scores while quarterback Jonathan Shelton carried 16 times for 133 yards. He also tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mac Blakeney.
Archer Cooper and Breton Green added scores on the ground for the Hawks (1-5, 1-1 Region 7-AAA), who host Georgetown on Friday in another region game.
The Bulldogs are 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the region. They’re coming off a competitive, 27-14 loss to Manning on Friday. They lost to Waccamaw, 28-7, in their opener.
“They’ve got a good running game and defense,” Morbitzer said. “We’re going to have to work our tails off to try and get better this week. We’re definitely going to have to execute better. “
The squads have one common opponent to date. Georgetown defeated Philip Simmons, 27-14, while the Hawks fell to the Iron Horses, 27-18.
Gadsden-led Chargers roll
Northwood Academy snapped a four-game losing skid with a 35-21 victory over visiting John Paul II on Friday.
The Chargers improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the region.
“Being able to win a game in the region is always a big thing,” Northwood coach Ryan Leaver said. “I’m especially happy for the seniors that have worked so hard. It was good to see them get another win.”
Northwood was winless last season and won two games in 2017.
One senior, in particular, stood out on Friday.
Running back Tyler Gadsden rushed for 338 yards on 33 carries and scored on runs of 1, 11 and 69 yards. He also tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Sheldon Watkins to begin Northwood’s scoring in the first quarter.
Gadsden had 103 yards on 15 carries in the first half and scored twice in the second quarter as the Chargers took a 21-13 halftime lead.
Zach Heffner, who finished with 92 yards, scored on a 16-yard run and Gadsden’s long touchdown scamper put Northwood out front 35-13 in the third quarter. Gadsden rushed for 235 in the second half on 18 carries.
The Chargers finished with almost 500 yards on the ground. Leaver traced that back to the play of the offensive line: left tackle Connor McLeod, left guard Griffin Stainback, center Jacob Vicars, right guard Conner Burns and right tackle Will Mullins. Drayton Huffman also contributed at a guard spot.
The Chargers host winless Pinewood Prep on Friday but the Panthers play in a larger SCISA classification.
Pinewood Prep won 42-0 last season to extend its win streak to four games in the series.
Northwood’s last win was 27-7 in 2014.
“I know our guys are ready and I know the guys at Pinewood are excited,” Leaver said.
The Chargers get back into region play Oct. 25 at Hilton Head Prep.