Red Devils win Region against Ridgeland-Hardeeville Oct. 20
The Wade Hampton Red Devils varsity football team, under the first-year leadership of veteran Head Coach Jerry Brown, won their region with an Oct. 20 win against Ridgeland-Hardeeville by a final score of 41-18.
The Devils controlled the game for a majority of regulation, until three consecutive successful onside kicks in the fourth quarter by the Jags allowed for the Devils’ opponents an opportunity to put 12 points on the board.
“I’m glad for the team and it’s good for the community,” said Coach Brown. “I wish we were playing a little better, but we are still working on that. We are not where we should be, but it is a great honor to have [the region title] and we will try to represent our region as best we can.”
Offensively, the Red Devils played well and accrued a sizable lead over the Jags early on in the game, allowing coaches to rotate a large number of their athletes into the game throughout the night. Defensively, the head coach was satisfied with his team’s performance until the fourth quarter.
Adding to an already stellar rushing total, Pernell Maxwell III racked up an additional 150 yards rushing during the defeat of Ridgeland-Hardeeville. Quarterback Adam Creswell, who had 23 yards on two carries, threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Quayshon Williams. The head coach is also pleased with the speed his team currently possesses at the slot back positions.
As well as congratulating his team for their efforts this year, Brown also acknowledged the WHHS football coaching staff, who did an outstanding job of learning a new offense and defense along with the team. Going forward, Brown hopes to implement athletic fitness classes in the school, as well as see to fruition a fully functional weight lifting program at WHHS.
“We have got to get these kids stronger,” said Brown.
As well as congratulating his team and coaching staff, Brown also congratulated two-way starting senior Tre Phoenix, who has officially been named to play in this year’s North/South all-star game.
“For a small school to have a North/South guy, that’s pretty good,” said Brown.
The Red Devils final regular season game will take place on Oct. 27 against May River (2-1 region) during an away conference game. So far this season, the Devils have an unblemished regional record of 3-0 and a season record of 5-4.