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Undefeated Beaufort faces rugged stretch to close out season


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – While excited to be off to a 5-0 start in the 2017 football season, the heavy lifting of the schedule remains in front of the Beaufort High Eagles.

During the preseason, many predicted the Eagles could contend for the region 8-AAAA championship. Coach Mark Clifford’s team has put themselves in position to do just that.

Beaufort opened the region slate with a solid win over Stall on September 28 and head into an October 6th matchup with Colleton County at 5-0. Following the game with Colleton County, the Eagles will have host defending region champion Berkeley on October 13th, followed by a game with last year’s region runner-up, Cane Bay. Beaufort closes out the region schedule against Hilton Head.

The recipe for success this season has been a stingy defense coupled with the patented running game employed for years by Clifford.

That Beaufort defense has allowed only 918 yards and 57 points in the first five games. The wins came against Wando (14-10), Battery Creek (48-13), Bluffton (41-21), May River (9-7) and Stall (56-3).

End Reed Daughtry has been among the leaders defensively. Daughtry has 25 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks.

Senior linebacker Kegan Crowell is the team’s leading tackler with 35 total hits while linebacker Will Kelley has tallied 32 tackles. Safety Kagel Coke has 22 tackles while Brandon Bowersox has four sacks.

In the secondary, Jeffrey Smyth and Reggie Jones, Jr., each have three interceptions.

Smyth is doing double duty as the team’s leader offensively as the starting quarterback. He directs the running game with precision and has gained 182 yards on 41 carries with two touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, Smyth has passed for 439 yards and four touchdowns.

The lead back in the running game is Kyliek Middleton, who has rushed for 655 yards and eight touchdowns. That includes 121 yards and three touchdowns in the region opener against Stall.

Logan Atkins has added 249 yards and three scores on the ground. The team’s top receiver is Reed Reichel, who has 11 receptions for 292 yards and four touchdowns.



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