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Beaufort High School

Beaufort High wrapping up solid fall season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – The 2017 state football playoffs begin on November 3rd and the Beaufort Eagles will be a part of the Class AAAA lower state bracket.

Beaufort clinched third-place in region 8-AAAA with a regular season-ending win over rival Hilton Head on October 27th. The win gave Beaufort an 8-2 final record in the regular season with the lone losses coming to Berkeley and Cane Bay.

The Eagles will open the playoffs against Myrtle Beach, the runner-up of region 7-AAAA. The Beaufort offense received a good jolt in the win over Hilton Head as senior running back Kyliek Middleton returned from an injury that limited his playing time in the two losses.

Middleton finished the regular season with 1,224 yards and 15 touchdowns. Quarterback Jeffrey Smyth contributed 971 yards passing and six touchdowns. Smyth has added 469 yards and nine scores on the ground.

Reed Reichel is the leading receiver with 20 catches for 417 yards and four touchdowns.

Defensively, end Reid Daughtry has put together a great season, finishing the regular season with 56 tackles, including 10.5 sacks. Will Kelly also has 56 tackles while Kegan Crowell has 53 tackles.

Reggie Jones leads the secondary with four interceptions.

Beaufort’s cross country teams recently competed in the region 8-AAAA championship meet. The boys finished second in the team standings, led by freshman Marlon Belden, who won the region title. Sophomore Collin Durham was seventh and sophomore Josh Wilborn finished in 10th. Sophomore Maxwell Davis was 12th and eighth-grader Charlie Bennett was 14th.

The team advanced to the AAAA lower state meet to qualify for the state meet and finished second in the meet behind Hilton Head. Belden again was the top runner, finishing first in the lower state meet. Durham was 10th in the meet while Bennett was 15th. Nash Mills finished 14th in the meet.

The girls team finished fourth in the region meet. Sophomore Shannon Smith was the team’s top finisher in fifth-place. Junior Taylor Maddox finished in 10th-place.

Smith qualified for the state meet with a sixth-place finish in the lower state qualifier. Maddox placed 27th at lower state.

Members of the swim team advanced to the Class AAAA state meet earlier this month. Both the boys and girls teams qualified in relay events with a few individuals earning a shot. The top Beaufort swimmer was Aaron Peterson, who posted a 16th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Cameron Hussman finished 17th in two events – the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

 

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