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 Wade Hampton win 
 + Silver Bluff loss =
   playoffs for Devils
      All three county teams capture big wins !
Posted 10.25.14                                                   Story by Chris Haulsee
Varnville— At Devil Hill last night the Wade Hampton Red Devils scored late and managed to stop a persistent winless Edisto team for a 34-27 win  wrapping up a spot in this year’s Class AA state playoffs.
     Things were looking good for the Devils as they opened the game with a kickoff return to the Edisto 35-yard line. Unfortunately the Devils only managed 14 yards on their first drive before George Skinner was called on for a 38 yard field goal which was missed. Edisto then took over and quickly drove down to the Wade Hampton three. That’s where the Devils dug in, setting up the Cougars for a 21-yard field goal which was missed. 
    On the next Devil possession, Wade Hampton got on track and seven plays and 80 yards later scored the first points of the night when running back Trayvon Williams found the end zone on a 22-yard run to make it 7-0 after the Skinner point after. Edisto immediately tied the game on their next turn scoring in just five plays on an 80-yard drive with quarterback David Seawright toting it the last 11 yards with 31.8 seconds left in the opening stanza. Wade Hampton took over again, this time at their own 47 and moved the ball down the field before stalling out after 10 plays. Skinner was called on again for a 47-yard 3-pointer. The attempt was missed and Edisto took over at their own 20. The Cougars were able to move the ball again as they mixed it up with the run and pass moving the ball to the Devil 40 yard line before Seawright was able to connect with Justin Tyler for his first of three TD passes on the night. The point-after was blocked and Edisto took the lead at 13-7 with 4:33 left in the half.
    The Devils couldn’t move the ball on their next drive and were forced to punt after a 3-and-out. Edisto took over again and it looked as though the Devils might go into the half trailing before defensive back Dazzlin Thompson stepped in front of a Seawright pass for the interception. Taking over at their own 31-yard line it looked like the Devils would have another chance to tie the game before halftime. On the first play of the drive the Devils managed to turn the ball back over to the Cougars on a Bryson Butts interception. With Edisto having the ball at the Wade Hampton 40 it again didn’t look good for the Devils until two plays later when Thompson again picked off a Seawright pass at the Wade Hampton 40. The third time was the charm for the Devils when with 2:09 left in the half, they drove the ball down the field in six plays capping it off with an Israel Aiken 24-yard touchdown run. Skinner was good again and the home team led 14-13 with 33 seconds left in the half. The touchdown turned out to be the fourth time this season that Wade Hampton would score on the final drive of a half.
     The second half opened with Edisto taking the ball, but it wouldn’t be for long as Bryson Butts recovered a Cougar fumble on the second play of the drive. The down side for the Devils was that it was another missed opportunity as they only managed three plays and minus three yards before Skinner came on and missed his third field goal attempt of the night. 
     Things would soon get exciting after Edisto couldn’t capitalize on their next drive and were forced to punt after just three plays. Back deep for the Devils, Bryson Butts took the ball and headed through the Edisto wall of tacklers. Finding a seam, Butts turned on the afterburners and returned the ball 60 yards for another Red Devil score. After the two-point conversion miss Wade Hampton led 20-13.
     On the Devils next possession, following a Cougar four-play drive, Wade Hampton moved the ball fifty-seven yards in eight plays with Aiken taking it in from two yards out to make it 27-13 after the Skinner extra-point.
     Down by two touchdowns and winless on the season, this was where most teams would give up but that wasn’t about to be the case for Edisto. On their next possession the Cougars moved the ball sixty-five yards in seven plays to get within one score with 12:00 left. The Devils could do nothing with the ball on their next try and punted after a 3-and-out. The Cougars took over and thirteen plays later they were in the end zone again after another Justin Tyler TD catch. The score was tied at 27-27 and the Devils were reeling.
     Just when it looked like the Devils would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory they hitched up their pants, fastened their chin straps, and decided this was one they were not going to lose.
     With 5:22 remaining and the score tied, the Red Devils started on their own 31-yard line determined that the night and a possible playoff spot was there for the taking. Although it looked like the Devils would try to grind it out on the ground while running some clock, it didn’t take long for them to find the goal line. On the fourth play of the drive, Bryson Butts ran the ball up the middle for what looked like a gain of just a few yards. As he hit the second line of defenders a hole opened up and he was off to the races taking the ball fifty-seven yards for the final points of the night. Skinner was again good on the PAT and the score was 34-27 with 3:03 left. 
     If there was ever a time to use the term “we scored to quick,” this may have been the night for it as the Cougars were going to get at least one more chance with their high-powered passing game. Fortunately for the Devils, the Cougars would never get the chance. On the seventh play of the drive, after gaining only 17 yards, Seawright finally made the fatal mistake for the Cougars as he fumbled the ball after dropping back to pass. Israel Aiken fell on the ball at the Edisto 22-yard line and the Devils were able to take-a-knee for the last minute of the game sealing the win.
     “Tonight was a good, hard-fought game for both teams,” said coach David Poinsett following the game. “Edisto is not a 0-9 team. They are better than that. We came into this game knowing we could win if we could execute and we did that for the most part. We had some missed opportunities but we were able to overcome it due these kids believing in what we are trying to do at Wade Hampton.”
     Wade Hampton is now 4-5 on the year and 2-2 in region 5AA. The Wade Hampton win combined with Silver Bluff’s loss to Woodland lands the Devils a spot in the AA state playoffs that will begin in two week. Next week’s road game against Woodland will determine the final seeding for playoff action. Kickoff next Friday night is set for 7:30pm.

      Estill wraps of Class A playoff slot
                                                                               Story by Chris Haulsee
Denmark, SC- Friday night the Estill Gators took on the hapless 0-8 Denmark-Olar Vikings and came away with a close 30-22 win on the road.  The Gators secured a spot in the Class A state playoffs as they moved to 8-1 on the year and 3-1 in region 5A. Estill will wrap up their season next week against Allendale-Fairfax assured that they can finish no worse than 3rd in the region. An Estill win, along with a Bamberg-Ehrhardt loss could find the Gators atop the region as 5A champs, but with Denmark-Olar as B-E’s final regular season opponents next week, the odds are slim. Kickoff for next week’s game is scheduled for 7:30pm in Allendale.
     Patriots escape St. John's; continue streak
                                                                                  Story by Greg Jones
Moncks Corner, SC-  After wrapping up at least a tie for the region championship last Friday, Mike McCoy’s Patriots were going to be faced with a challenge this week. They had to travel to Moncks Corner to face St. John’s Christian Academy in a game that was immensely more important to the Cavaliers than it was to the Patriots. “St. John’s has a lot more to play for this week,” McCoy said before the game. “They’ve got to manage a win in the next two weeks to get in the playoffs. We’re in, just trying to go undefeated in the region."
      The Patriots looked like they would get their business down early on. After stopping the Cavaliers on their first drive, PHA took 6 plays to drive 50 yards, and put up their first score on Will Tuten’s 6 yard TD run. A Mitchell Hanna interception stopped the next St. John’s drive. Seven plays later, Blair Moore threw to Drayton Carson to give the Patriots a 12 point lead. The Cavaliers managed to thwart both of PHA’s two point conversions, despite the Patriots 71% season success rate on two-pointers. This should have been the sign that PHA’s night was to be difficult.
      After both teams had an unsuccessful drive, St. John’s next drive, which started on their own 27 yard line, was a brief one. A 73 yard pass and run from QB Dustin Parsons to Josh Carter, and the conversion, brought the Cavalier’s to within 4 points, 12-8. The Patriots answered immediately with an eleven play drive capped by a Gill Griner run. The successful conversion gave PHA the 20-8 lead. St. John’s managed another long TD pass, but fortunately for the Patriots, after a great deal of conversation among the referees, it was disallowed. The Patriots missed a golden opportunity to take a commanding halftime lead after a late interception throw left PHA with only a 20-8 halftime lead.
      The Patriots took the second half kickoff, and despite holding the ball for eleven plays, were unable to score. St.John’s took very little time, and only five plays, to score a TD to bring them within six points. The two failed conversions in the first quarter left the Patriots in the type of precarious position that they had not experienced since week two at Clarendon Hall. Fortunately for McCoy’s team, they were able to fend off St. John’s. PHA managed to control the ball for the last six minutes of the game to hold on for a 20-14 win. “St. John’s really came out and challenged us tonight. They used several big defensive plays to stymie our offense,” said coach McCoy. “We were also forced to use several different running backs. A few runs late by Mitchell Hanna, and a big catch by Drayton Carson allowed us to not give St. John’s a last chance at us. We’re probably lucky to get out of here with a win.”
      Patriot quarterback Blair Moore was the team rushing leader with 28 rushes for 116 very hard-earned yards. Will Tuten was held to only 48 yards and a score, while Mitchell Hanna rushed for 49 yards. Seven different backs carried the ball on the evening. Drayton Carson’s night included three catches and a touchdown, while Brandon Prince had two catches and a two point conversion.
Patrick Henry’s defense managed to stop the Cavalier’s offense on all but two of eight drives. Senior Hunter Taylor led the team with seven tackles, three of which were for loss. Brandon Prince had five tackles, three behind the line. Bryson Stanfield also recorded a sack, his team leading ninth. Two passes broken up by Kelly Pittinger and an interception by Hanna helped to hold the defensive backfield together against the Cavalier passing attack.
     Patrick Henry moves to 9-1, completing an undefeated region season at 8-0. St. John’s falls to 4-5, 4-3 in the region, and must defeat Ridge Christian next week to assure themselves a playoff spot. 
      The Patriots will host Jefferson Davis next Friday at Cone Field as they celebrate Senior Night. There will also be a Halloween costume parade and trick or treating for the kids at halftime. Children are encouraged to dress in costume, and parents are asked to bring treats to give out to all the kids during the halftime festivities. Kickoff is at 7:30.

Other area scores:
Wade Hampton 34, Edisto 27
Patrick Henry  20, St. John’s Christain 14
Estill 30, Denmark-Olar 22

Academic Magnet 28, Battery Creek 20
Allendale-Fairfax 64, Bethune-Bowman 0
Bamberg-Ehrhardt 52, Branchville 0
Calhoun County 56, North 22
Clarendon Hall 44, Jefferson Davis 0
Colleton Prep 39, Bible Baptist 18
Fort Dorchester 34, Bluffton 0
Goose Creek 28, Wando 16
Hanahan 24, Beaufort 14
Hilton Head Chr. Acad. 24, St. Andrew’s, Ga. 14
Hilton Head Prep 24, Dorchester Acad. 15
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 38, Blackville-Hilda 22
Orangeburg Prep 48, Spartanburg Chr. 22
Orangeburg-Wilkinson 54, Hilton Head 14
Ridgeland-Hardeeville 37, Barnwell 16
Summerville 43, Colleton County 13
Williston-Elko 63, Wagener-Salley 13
Woodland 34, Silver Bluff 27
        Devil girls move on to
   2nd round of playoffs

Posted 10.24.14     
Varnville- Just when it looked like their season was about to come to an end last Wednesday night, the Wade Hampton Red Devil girls volleyball team ripped victory from the jaws of defeat, coming back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Battery Creek in the first round of the State Class AA Volleyball Tournament at Causey Gym.
     In what would turn out to be one of the most exciting matches of the year for Wade Hampton, Battery Creek started out taking the first game 18-25 to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Poor play and several miscues quickly led to the Lady Devils having their backs against the wall as they dropped the second game 12-25. 
     Down 2-0 and in a do-or-die situation, Coach Cassandra Bolden’s charges decided that it was time to take of the gloves and come out fighting as they reeled off back to back wins in games three and four, 25-18, 25-13 to even up the match. In the all-important fifth game the Devils played strong and managed to squeak out a hard-fought 17-15 win to head to win the match and advance to the second round of playoff action.
     The Lady Devils will be on the round for round two of the playoffs as they travel to Aynor High School to take on the Lady Blue Jackets on Monday at 6:00pm.

 Down Syndrome Buddy
  Walk Nov. 1st at WHHS
Posted 10.23.14 
Hampton- October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to celebrate the organization know as I.A.N. (Intelligent, Ambitious, No Limits) will host a “Buddy Walk” at the Wade Hampton High School track on November 1st beginning at 10:00am.
     I.A.N. is a non-profit, family support organization. Their mission is to provide resources, activities and education to the families with members that have Down Syndrome as well as establishing acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome into their community.
     The “Buddy Walk”  is a one-mile advocacy walk that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people in our community with Down Syndrome. Registration will begin at 9:00am and the $10 cost includes a t-shirt and meal although registration is not required to participate. You may also purchase a display sign in “Memory of” or “In Honor of”. Please bring your strollers, tents, chairs, wagons, wheelchairs, etc. All ages and abilities are welcome. 
     You can call or register your walking team n-line. For more information or to register, please call Deitre Lawton at 803-942-6060 or go to nolimitwalk@yahoo.com or www.ianbuddywalk.org.

            DNR stocking red drum
          locally this month

Posted 10.23.14     
Beaufort- The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites members of the public and media to join DNR staff as they stock hatchery-produced red drum at the following locations:
     Port Royal Sound: Red drum stocking will take place in Port Royal Sound at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from the Edgar C. Glenn boat landing on state road 170 at the Lemon Island Bridge.
     Georgetown: Red drum stocking will take place in Winyah Bay at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 from the East Bay Street Boat Landing in Georgetown.
     Release dates and times subject to change due to weather conditions.
     DNR staff will be available to answer questions about red drum stocking research and provide a demonstration of the loading, launching, and releasing of hatchery red drum by boat. Please contact Dr. Tanya Darden at (843) 513-6868 for additional details.
      Fish stocked by DNR provide valuable insight on the condition of our fisheries while supplementing anglers' creel. Learn more about DNR's Marine stocking program at the following website: www.dnr.sc.gov:4443/marine/stocking/index.html.

          Fill the Stocking app
  process starts Oct. 29

Posted 10.22.14      
Hampton-  We always talk about how early Christmas seems to come each year. Because of the high number of underprivileged children in our community, it can’t come soon enough. With all of the planning that is involved, the Fill the Stocking campaign is one of those reasons for an early start. The application process for this year’s Fill the Stocking will begin soon and hamptoncountygoodtimes.com wants you to know what to do to be a part of it:


 OCTOBER       29th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER       6th & 13th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.     

DECEMBER       4th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 Location: DSS Office at 102 Ginn Altman Avenue, Hampton


•   Valid S.C. or government issued picture ID.
•   Print out from DSS
•   A copy of last year’s tax return (If you do not receive Medicaid, 
    TANF or EBT food stamps), and most recent pay stub.

  Absentee voting underway
        for General Election

Posted 10.21.14     
The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of the procedures and deadlines for voting absentee in the 2014 General Election. 

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee either in person or by mail:

IN PERSON - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3 Voting in person now requires Photo ID:  SC Driver’s License, SC DMV ID Card, SC Voter Registration Card with Photo, Federal Military ID or US Passport.

Step 1:  Get an absentee application in one of two ways:
1.      Get the application online at scVOTES.org.   To get your
         application online, you must be able to print your application.

2.      Request an application from your county voter registration
         office by phone, mail, email, or fax
  You will be mailed an

Step 2:  Complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office by mail, fax, or email as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31.

Step 3:  Receive your absentee ballot in the mail and vote the ballot following the instructions.

Step 4:  Return the ballot to your county voter registration office in person or by mail no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (November 4).

Voters qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

1.       Students attending school outside their county of residence and their
          spouses and dependents

2.       Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside
          their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing 
          with them

3.      Persons serving with the American Red Cross or United Service
        Organizations (USO) serving with the Armed Forces outside their 
        county of residence and their spouses and dependents

4.      Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on
         election day

5.      Physically disabled persons

6.      Government employees serving outside their county of residence on
         Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them

7.      Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before
         the election

8.      Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence
         on Election Day

9.      Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials
         working on Election Day

10.    Overseas Citizens

11.    Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons

12.    Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election  
         Day or within a four-day period before the election

13.    Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day

14.    Persons sixty-five years of age or older

15.    Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of
         arrest or trial

     As of today, more than 29,000 absentee ballots have been requested statewide.  This number is consistent with the number of requests received by this time during the 2010 General Election (the last gubernatorial election).  A total of 153,702 absentee ballots were cast in that election.
     Find more information on absentee voting, check your absentee ballot status, check your voter registration or get a sample ballot, visit the State Election Commission’s website at scVOTES.org or contact your local voter registration and elections office.  The Hampton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office is located at 201 Jackson Avenue West, Hampton, S.C.  Telephone:  (803) 914-2080.

      Trick or Treat on Main
            October 31st

Posted 10.20.14     
Hampton—  The Hampton Downtown Business Association will hold its annual Trick or Treat on Main celebration on Friday, October 31st at 5:00pm.
     Part of this year’s festivities includes all children meeting at the new Exchange Park, located under the big oak tree on Lee Avenue (the old Exchange Bank Building location). Children and their parents or guardians are asked to be at the park by 4:30pm to join the Parade of Costumes and Trick or Treating. The parade route will circle Lee Avenue past the storefronts. Businesses are encouraged to supply treats for all tricksters. Bring your camera as well and while you are there, feel free to stop in any of the downtown businesses and do a little shopping.


      S.C. Prep Football Poll
       week of Oct. 22nd

Posted 10.9.14     
1. Byrnes; 2. Dutch Fork; 3. Goose Creek; 4. Dorman; 5. Westwood; 6. York; 7. Northwestern; 8. Fort Dorchester; 9. North Augusta; T10. South Florence; T10. Hillcrest

Others receiving votes:
Spartanburg, Stratford, Westside

1. Myrtle Beach; 2. Hartsville; 3. Wren; 4. Greer; 5. Daniel; 6. Broome; 7. South Pointe; 8. Belton-Honea Path; 9. A.C. Flora; 10. Emerald

Others receiving votes:
Hanahan, Seneca, Lancaster, Chapin, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Swansea, Georgetown

1. Dillon; 2. Loris; 3. Timberland; 4. Woodruff; 5.Fairfield Central; 6. Chesnee; 7. Batesburg-Leesville; 8. Newberry; 9. Keenan; 10. Barnwell

Others receiving votes: Strom Thurmond, Powdersville, Mid-Carolina, Cheraw, Central

1.Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Hemingway; 4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 5. Lamar; 6. McBee 7. Williston-Elko; 8. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 9. Estill; T10. Calhoun County; T10. Lake View

Others receiving votes: Great Falls, St. Joseph's

The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Andrew Macke, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Thomas Grant, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.

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