Big second quarter enough for War Hawk win
by Cindy Crosby | August 29, 2018 6:27 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton Prep War Hawks managed a 21-20 victory over non-region opponent Hilton Head Prep in the season opener Friday night. The Dolphins scored 10 unanswered points in the first quarter, but CPA responded by putting 21 points on the board before the half to take the lead. Hilton Head then added 10 points in the third quarter, leaving them trailing by one.
The War Hawks had 22 first downs and 61 total plays with three penalties for 26 yards in Friday night’s game. CPA had 310 yards rushing and 27 yards receiving with 376 all-purpose yards.
Connor McMillan had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, and was 3-3 on point-after attempts.
Gabe Barnes carried 15 times for 100 yards and scored once, along with having four solo tackles in the game. Hunter Hudson had five solo tackles in the game.
“I am very proud of the effort our guys gave,” said Coach Rob Gorrell. “That’s a very good football team we played. Stone McDonald, Hilton Head Prep’s QB, might be the best player we see all season. We had a good plan coming in defensively and held a team to 20 points that had scored 45 and 42 points in their scrimmage and first game.
“On defense, we did a good job of keeping the ball in front of us and making sure of tackles,” said Gorrell. “We knew they were going to get some underneath stuff in the passing game, and they did, but we did a good job holding them to a couple of field goals and forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter. Hunter Hudson had a great game, leading the team in tackles and forcing two fumbles. Jacob Breland, our other linebacker, recovered the fumble.
“Offensively, we had a slow start and slow finish,” he added. “We got in our heads a little bit early and late. We put together three strong drives to end the first half, scoring 21 unanswered points going into halftime, after being down 10-0 early. We had a couple fumbles on dropped pitches that would’ve been big plays if we just caught it.
“A great group effort by the O-line and running backs in the running game: Gabe Barnes started off strong and Drew Murdaugh ran well when Gabe was unable to go. Connor and Gabe both finished with 100 yards and a TD each. Jordan Crosby did a great job leading us at QB in his first start. He was smart with the football and ran hard. He also had a TD pass to Connor at the end of the first half.
“Overall, a sloppy win technically, but our great attitude and effort helped us pull the game out,” said Gorrell. “It is always better to be 1-0 than 0-1. I’m extremely proud of our guys. They know we have a big week ahead against an extremely talented and well-coached Thomas Heyward team.”
Connor McMillan was named Overall Player of the Game, along with Andrew Murdaugh for Offensive Player, Hunter Hudson for Defensive Player and Riley Hudson for Special Teams.
Colleton Prep will host Thomas Heyward Academy on Friday Aug. 31 at home in a 7:30 p.m. kick-off.