War Hawks open with win over Stallions | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 31, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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By CINDY CROSBY
Photos by JEFFERY MUSGRAVE
The Colleton Prep War Hawks opened their season at home on Friday evening with a 58-35 non-region win over the Williamsburg Academy Stallions. It was a game that was circled on second-year Coach Rob Gorrell’s calendar as a must-win, since the Stallions managed to slip past Colleton Prep last season and hand him his first loss as the War Hawk’s head coach. This season, Gorrell was more than ready for the match-up.
The War Hawks scored first Friday with a 19-yard run from Brantley Hudson (Brantley Hudson, kick) to go up 7-0 in the first quarter. The Stallions scored on a 5-yard run to tie the game 7-7 and then pulled ahead 14-7 following a 22-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Atkinson to end the first quarter.
Colleton Prep tied the game with a 13-yard run by quarterback Fisher Jackson (Hudson, kick). Williamsburg answered with a 7-yard run for a touchdown (kick failed) to put them up 20-14. On a keeper, Fisher Jackson went in the end zone (Hudson, kick) to put the Hawks ahead 21-20 at the half.
In the back-and-forth game, Williamsburg scored first in the third quarter on a 56-yard pass from Dylan Atkinson to put the Stallions on top 27-21. Colleton Prep took back the lead when Nick Padgett powered his way to the end zone on a 9-yard run and scored on the two-point conversion to put the Hawks up 29-27. Josh Carter added to CPA’s lead on a 32-yard pass from Jackson, followed by a successful two-point conversion run by the quarterback. Jackson scored again before the end of the third quarter on a 50-yard run (Hudson, kick) to put CPA out front, 44-27.
Williamsburg scored first in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run (McGill, kick) to put them back in the game 44-35. The War Hawks, however, sealed the win on back-to-back touchdown runs by Jackson (13 yards) and Padgett (45 yards). Brantley Hudson was successful in both field goal attempts in the fourth quarter to put him 6-for-6 on the night.
“It took us awhile to get settled in,” said Coach Gorrell following the game on Friday evening. “It was very back-and-forth in the first half. We had a couple of sloppy fumbles and gave it to them on the one-yard line for one of their touchdowns. We scored on a blown coverage to go up early in the third — then decided to wake up. After that, we played very well.”
According to Gorrell, the War Hawks’ conditioning played a big role in the second half of Friday night’s game. “Our conditioning showed tonight,” he said. “They were cramping pretty bad, and we were able to run the ball very well in the second half. I was proud of the way our guys hung in against a big team. Their offensive line probably averaged 260 pounds.”
Colleton Prep had 529 all-purpose yards, with 71 passing yards and 458 rushing. Both the War Hawks and the Stallions had two turnovers in the game. CPA’s quarterback Fisher Jackson completed 5-8 passes for 71 yards. Jackson also led in rushing with 246 yards. Brantley Hudson had 94 yards and Nick Padgett had 83 yards on the night.
Cole Smith led the War Hawk defense with six tackles, two assists and one tackle for loss. Christopher Reeves had three tackles with two assists.
The War Hawks (1-0) will now prepare for their game against Calhoun Academy on Friday Sept. 2 (away). The Cavaliers (1-0) defeated Pee Dee Academy 28-14 this past Friday.