Red Devils conquer May River, photos from EHS senior night
Although Wade Hampton High School Head Coach Jerry Brown felt his team got lucky and came away with a sloppy win last Friday, he is proud of his team and their outstanding season. This season marks the first time in 13 years the Red Devils have won their regional championship.
The Devils finished their championship regular season with a win Oct. 27 over May River by a final score of 41-34, putting WHHS’s season record at 6-4 (4-0 region).
“I didn’t think that we played with much intensity,” said Brown. “Sometimes you get beat and sometimes you win like that, and we were fortunate to win.”
Offensively, quarterback Quayshawn Williams rushed for more than 70 yards and threw a 50-yard plus pass completion, as well as throwing for a touchdown. Just like last week against Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Pernell Maxwell III had another stellar rushing game and came off the field with 149 additional yards, putting his regular season total at 1,693 yards rushing, with 23 touchdowns.
“The best thing about last week is that it is the first time we didn’t fumble it any,” said the head coach.
Towards the end of the game, WHHS was fortunate to have several big runs and were able to run out the remaining time on the clock.
“We had to outscore them, that’s all there is to it,” Brown said of his team’s defensive performance last week.
The Red Devils will begin their playoff run at home against Manning Nov. 3. Manning has a regular season record of 7-3 (1-3 region).
“Having to play them again is always tough, but it’s a little easier on our guys because they have got the revenge factor in there. We played three-and-a-half hours before and it didn’t settle a whole lot, but they kicked one more field goal than we did and they beat us on a third overtime,” said Brown. “Hopefully we will get it done this time…hopefully we are a little better prepared.”
“The school has done well, and they have a lot to be proud of,” said Brown. “There is a lot to be proud of. I just hope the community supports us, because the kids really worked hard. It is the first time in 13 years they have won the conference. We are one of the smallest schools in the conference and have had a lot of injuries and have overcome a lot. The kids are playing really hard for the community, so I hope they will [come out Nov. 3] and support us.”
Award-winning band to perform
The WHHS Red Guardsmen marching band recently placed high during the S.C. State Marching Band Finals. The team received an “Excellent” rating. The Red Guardsmen were the only team from this part of South Carolina to advance to the State Finals. Look for the Red Guardsmen to perform their winning performance, “Lifescape-Living Life Beyond the Ordinary,” during the halftime ceremony of the Red Devil football game on Nov. 3.
Estill Gators end season in loss
The Estill Gators, still without Head Coach J.C. Threatt, who suffered a severe knee injury during a game several weeks ago, finished their regular season Friday night with a 40-13 loss to Wagener-Salley at home.
The young Gators end their season with a record of 2-8 (2-6 region).
During last Friday’s game halftime, senior EHS athletes and their parents were honored for their achievements and time spent at the school.