War Hawks fight hard in region opener

by | September 5, 2018 5:00 pm

Last Updated: September 5, 2018 at 8:04 am

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

The Colleton Prep War Hawks fought a solid battle against Region II-A opponent Thomas Heyward Friday evening at home. The War Hawks came up short in the contest, taking their first loss of the season, 23-14. Colleton Prep is now 1-1 overall and 0-1 in Region II-A.
“Friday was a heck of a football game,” said Coach Rob Gorrell. “Thomas Heyward always plays hard and they are very well coached. I was extremely proud of how we played. Defensively, we played well again this week coming up with key stops and holding their offense to 21 points.
“Offensively we did a good job slowing the game down and playing our style,” said Gorrell. “The drive to pull to 21-14 in the fourth was very positive to see out of our guys, but we just never really got another real chance with the ball.
“A lot of teams would have called it quits being down 21-6 to Thomas Heyward, but we held them scoreless in the second half except for the late safety,” said Gorrell.
“Connor McMillan, Drew Murdaugh, and Gabe Barnes all ran well. Quarterback Jordan Crosby did as well, although it won’t necessarily show up in the stats because of the pitches. Our offense is starting to click — and it is good to see our guys have some success.
“Defensively, Hunter Hudson left it all on the field,” said Gorrell. “Gabe Barnes had an interception that gave us some momentum.
“The past two week have been a great test for us where we have played against teams expected to do big things,” he said.
“We showed last week we can play with anybody in 1-A and we need to build on that with a win this week.”
The War Hawks will hit the road Friday evening for a non-region match-up against 1-A Pee Dee Academy (1-1). The Eagles are coming off a 49-40 win over Dorchester Academy last week.

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