PHA and WHHS football action from Aug. 31
The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils came away from Friday’s matchup against rival Allendale-Fairfax with a 41-24 win. Head coach Jerry Brown stated his team has much to work on moving forward this season, however.
Racking up 200 yards on 16 carries, fullback Pernell Maxwell led the team on offense with four rushing touchdowns. Maxwell did not participate on defense during the first half of the game and was fresh when he was asked to take snaps, allowing him to gain extra yardage.
Although Maxwell put numerous points on the board, the WHHS offense gave their rivals ample opportunities to get back in the game with multiple turnovers, stated the head coach.
“We did a lot for them, they made a lot of breaks on their own too, but at the same time we put them in good position with turnovers,” said Brown. “We are just not playing good football right now because of that.”
Defensively, the head coach felt his team played well in the first half of action, but faded after the halftime break. Multiple fumbles and penalties allowed opponents to gain major yardage and scoring opportunities during the game, which will become vital errors later in the season.
“We just don’t handle the football well on returns; we don’t field it well,” said Brown of his special teams unit’s performances during the first two games of the season. “When the ball hits the ground, we just self-destruct.”
The Red Devils will travel to Georgia this week for Friday’s matchup with high school football powerhouse Screven County.
Patrick Henry Academy
The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots were enthralled in a “battle of attrition” last Friday as they fought heat complications, and W.W. King Academy competition, during a 36-14 home game win August 25.
According to PHA Head Coach Mike McCoy, “It was really a battle of attrition for both teams” as the heat became burdensome for athletes.
Batten Bostick began the high scoring night for the Pats with a 34-yard touchdown run to put the score at 6-0 after a failed Patriot TD conversion. Later in the first quarter, Kyle Jarrell scored the second TD of the night for the Pats, which was followed by an additional TD run by QB Kennedy Fairey to put the score at 22-0. Fairey wasn’t done, and threw a TD pass to Bostick later that same quarter, which put the score at 30-0 PHA after a successful two-point conversion by Jarrell.
The Pats ended their scoring by way of a 15-yard Bostick TD run with nine minutes to go in the third quarter. Owning a comfortable lead, coaches gave younger players a chance for some action; all members of the team participated. King racked up two touchdowns of their own later in the third and fourth quarters, but the game ended in favor of the Pats, 36-14.
Bostick led the team in rushing yards with 107, followed by Jarrell with 91, Fairey with 69 and Griner with 33 of his own.
Defensively, the Pats were stellar all night and not only stopped King consistently in their home turf, but also caused several interceptions: one by Neil Chassereau and another by Kennedy Fairey.
“Interceptions are always big,” said McCoy of the turnovers. “It was a ball control kind of game.”
As well as Chassereau and Fairey, who also came away with numerous tackles, as well as interceptions, Garrett Griner racked up seven tackles; Bostick had six, Jarrell had five and Daniel Hauptmann had five. According to McCoy, the defensive line played well.
“It was an overall team effort this week,” he said. “King never quit.”
Patrick Henry was scheduled to travel to take on Beaufort Academy this Friday, but the game’s venue was changed this week. Patrick Henry will host Beaufort Academy at Cone Field Sep. 1 for the third game of the season.
PHA photography provided by Lynn Manuel.