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Penalties and effort cost CPA in loss to Hilton Head Eagles | News | The Press and Standard

by | September 20, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: September 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

Photos by JEFFERY MUSGRAVE

The Colleton Prep varsity War Hawks fell to 1-2 on the season following a 28-14 loss to non-region opponent Hilton Head Christian (2-1) Friday evening at home.
Fisher Jackson rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns before being sidelined with an ankle injury.
Joe Bryan filled in at quarterback and added 84 yards rushing. He also led the team with 12 tackles and two sacks. “Defensively, we talked about linebackers getting back in space towards the hashes,” said Bryan. “It was essential to our defense that I got into my drop and played well in space. Stepping up for Fisher was tough. Playing QB is just such a hard job with our playbook because of the multiple reads and different looks. Fisher is our spark plug.”
Cole Smith and Jason Dennis each had a sack in Friday’s game.
Hilton Head Christian scored on a 64-yard run by quarterback Daniel Harrington with 8:48 remaining in the first quarter. The War Hawks answered on a 4-yard keeper by Jackson, but a failed 2-point conversion left CPA trailing 7-6 with 7:32 remaining in the second quarter. The Eagles then scored twice more before the half on a 16-yard pass and a 28-yard run to lead 21-6.
Jackson scored on a 3-yard run, then successfully ran in a 2-point conversion to leave the War Hawks trailing 21-14 with 8:42 left in the third quarter. Hilton Head scored once more in the fourth quarter for a final score of 28-14.
Harrington was 13-for-22 and passed for 192 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 108 yards.
“I was extremely surprised at our performance Friday night,” said Coach Rob Gorrell. “We were sloppy across the board. I was proud of how we came out after a bad first half and made a run at them. Ultimately, penalties and bad snaps derailed what at the time would have been a go-ahead drive in the third quarter.
“Offensively, we did not execute well, did not get in and out of the huddle and set well, nor did we communicate well,” he said. “Fisher Jackson and Joe Bryan were bright spots running the football. We have to find a way to get them some help in the passing game. We need some other guys to step up. We had three touchdowns and a few more long runs called back on holding calls. So despite how poorly we played, you give us those plays, we win the game.
“Defensively, I thought our line and linebackers played hard,” said Gorrell. “We have to do a better job in the secondary and find some guys that want to make plays. Several times we were in position to make plays and just couldn’t finish. Overall, penalties and sloppy play on offense cost us the game.
“Now we have to move on and get things fixed from a coaching standpoint and a playing standpoint,” said Gorrell. “I like our team and the potential we have. We have the pieces — we just have to put it all together.”
As of Sunday afternoon, Gorrell remained uncertain about the status of last week’s postponed game (due to Tropical Storm Irma) against region opponent Palmetto Christian.
The War Hawks will travel to King’s Academy (1-3) Friday Sept. 22 for a non-region game.

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