The Patrick Henry Patriots travelled to Batesburg-Leesville Friday night to face the WW King Knights in a non-region game. It was the first game for both teams; PHA’s game last week had been cancelled due to weather. Patriot coach Mike McCoy has frequently stated that opening games are especially difficult. “You’re not sure what you have, and you really don’t know what the other team has.” This adage may have never been proven truer than this year. Despite having six seniors on the roster this season, PHA was forced to replace eight seniors from last season, all of whom were starters. Also, two of the three returning quarterbacks from last season are not on this year’s roster. That’s a lot of experience and yardage, not to mention tackles, to replace.
“We are young, and despite the seniors, we are pretty inexperienced,” said McCoy. “We will get better every week, but we have to do the little things well while we gain experience.” It was the little things that cost the Patriots Friday night. In the first half, two potential scoring drives were halted by fumbles, and a dropped punt set up the Knights for a score. On defense, the Patriots allowed too many third and fourth down conversions, despite playing good first and second down defense. King managed to run 33 first half plays, wearing down the PHA defense on a hot and humid night. Despite twice moving the ball to inside the Knights’ 20 yard line, PHA trailed 14-0 at the half.
After halftime, the Patriots came out reinvigorated. They took the kickoff and mounted a clock-chewing eleven play drive, culminating in a 14 yard Alex Jones to Tyler Morehead TD pass. Mitchell Hanna ran in the conversion, cutting King’s lead to 14-8. Early in the fourth quarter, though, the Knights struck again, taking a 20-8 lead. King’s defense shut down PHA the remainder of the way, allowing them to get no closer than the 34 yard line. The Knights scored a last minute TD to finish the scoring with a 28-8 win.
Mitchell Hanna, taking over the tailback duties, rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries. Gill Griner rushed for 18 yards, and Morehead added 17 yards. Jones was 2-7 passing to an inexperienced receiving corps. On defense, Griner led the way with 9 tackles, while new defensive starter Reeves Altman added five tackles, which included two tackles for loss and a sack. Morehead had five tackles, and new starter Aaron Powell added four stops. Jackson Wiggins, who started at quarterback, had three tackles, as did Jones, Hanna, and new starter Hunter Spielman.
King visits Charleston Collegiate next week; Patrick Henry will host Beaufort Academy next Friday in a 7:30 game.
Wade Hampton (H) 13, Allendale-Fairfax 6
Ridgeland-Hardeeville 22, Estill 12
W.W. King 28, Patrick Henry 8
Wagener-Salley 50, Pelion 14
Barnwell 24, Blackville-Hilda 0
Beaufort 49, Battery Creek 0
Bethune-Bowman 32, Denmark-Olar 6
Bishop England 21, West Ashley 14
Branchville 37, North 14
Calhoun Academy 28, Pee Dee Academy 14
Calhoun County 38, Gray Collegiate Academy 24
Cardinal Newman 28, Orangeburg Prep 7
Clarendon Hall Academy 38, Beaufort Academy 36
Colleton Prep 58, Williamsburg Academy 35
Dorchester Academy 38, Carolina Academy 14
Fort Dorchester 67, Colleton County 3
Hilton Head Island 40, Whale Branch 8
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 46, Edisto 15
HAMPTON- The dust has settled, the debris hauled off and the doors are ready to be opened. After months of hard work that included weather delays and extremely hot weather, the Hampton County Library is ready to welcome visitors.
Fun Stuff to do!
Fall Basketball at the Hampton Co. Rec Dept. will begin registration on Sept. 1st. and will continue through Oct. 31st. The cost is $50 per child that is DUE at signup. There are no exceptions! The draft for the league will be held on November 2nd. All county employees receive a 10% discount for their children and there is a public discount of $2.50 per child of a multi-child participation family. Cash or check/money order only. Make checks payable to H.C.R.D. of Hampton County Rec Dept. Credit/debit cards will not be accepted at this time.
The Estill Fall Festival Committee is always looking for new members to help plan and put on its annual event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ms. Vikki Woods at the Estill Town Hall at 803-625-3243. The committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Bull Durham Building.
Would you like to be a part of the “Oldest continuing Festival in South Carolina?” Then come join the Hampton County Watermelon Festival committee. The Watermelon Festival is always looking for volunteers so stop by and see them at one of their meetings. The Festival committee meets the 1st Thursday of the month at the Hampton Methodist Church social hall on Mulberry Street in Hampton at 7:00pm. Come see what it’s all about!