Hawks first in region | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 7, 2015 3:49 pm
Photos by JEFF MUSGRAVE
A War Hawk defender grabs a Holly Hill player at the goal line. Below, a Hawk looks for room to fly.
30-22 win over Hilton Head leaves Hawks 2-0 in region play; face Holly Hill at home Friday night.
By ROBERT DRIGGERS
Coming off a big conference road win, the War Hawks find themselves in first place in the region with a 2-0 record and now control their own destiny.
“It feels good to be in this position; hopefully, it is a permanent position and not a temporary stay,” Coach Rob Gorrell said. “We sure would like to stay here for a long time. It feels awful good to be in this position.”
Hilton Head took a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks in part to a War Hawk fumble deep in their own territory. Not to be outdone, the Hawks answered with two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 16-7 lead at half-time. Brian Murdaugh threw two touchdown passes of 30 and eight yards to Nick Padgett.
Murdaugh scored on a six-yard run in the third quarter to make the score 22-7. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful. Hilton Head came right back and scored on the first play to make the score 22-20.
After a missed field goal by Hilton Head, CPA drove down the field to score and increase the score to 30-22.
Zack Crosby accounted for the final score on a short run.
Gorrell was pleased with his offensive and defensive lines, saying both units played extremely well.
Scott Kramer and Fisher Jackson had big nights on defense with several tackles and quarterback sacks that caused a number of fumbles.
Offensively, Murdaugh had 223 all-purpose yards and accounted for three touchdowns. He was 8 of 15 for 103 yards passing. Murdaugh also added 110 yards rushing for the night. Nick Padgett had six catches for 74 yards and added 35 yards rushing. Zack Crosby added 30 yards rushing and a touchdown with Scott Kramer, who contributed 45 yards rushing.
For the night, the Hawks had 217 yards rushing and 110 yards passing for 337 yards of total offense. Gorrell had praise for reserve player Joe Bryan at both offensive guard and line backer. “He really stepped up and did an outstanding job in his first significant playing time,” stated Gorrell.
“This was an extremely good win for us and the first time we have beaten them at their place since 2007,” said Gorrell.
The Hawks will be home this week against Holly Hill Academy. Gorrell said that Holly Hill is “a lot like us in that they like to run the ball.”
Game time is set for 7:30 at War Hawk field.