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Hawks begin Class AAA playoffs

By Rob Gantt

Special Contributor

Hanahan – The Hanahan High School football team made a sparkling run through the region slate to capture a region crown.

Now, the Hawks look to keep it going in the Class AAA playoffs, which open up on Nov. 9.

Hanahan (6-3) hosts Pelion in the opening round and would tangle with either Aynor or Battery Creek in the second round, also at Wiley Knight Stadium.

The playoffs mark the last days as a Hawk for 20 senior football players.

“We’ve talked about how this is a whole new season,” first-year HHS coach David Morbitzer said. “Now you’re playing for your life. We’re guaranteed just one game. We’ve got to fight for our lives and see if we can keep the train rolling.”

The Hawks were off on Nov. 2 to get ready for the playoffs. Their last time out, they amassed 400-plus yards in a 41-7 victory over Waccamaw on Oct. 26.

Running backs Shi Hart, Gale Ball and Braelyn Smith all topped 100 yards for the Hawks against Waccamaw. On the other side, defensive back Donald Vanderhorst made three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

On the season, Hart has 658 yards and seven touchdowns while Ball has 657 yards and five touchdowns. Fullback Hunter Mills has seven scores.

The team’s starting linemen are left tackle Matt Murray, left guard Kevy Bell, center Alex Herriott, right guard Kevin Johnson and right tackles Andre Brewington and Kai Buffalo.

Quarterback Mac Blakeney has passed for 458 yards. Receivers Davis Wood and Jake Ward have two touchdowns grabs apiece.

The Hawks outscored region foes by an average of 35-8 but had tough battles with Manning and Georgetown along the way.

“The key was really getting them to buy in,” Morbitzer said. “We talked to (the seniors) about the legacy they wanted to leave: how they’re going to build the program for the future and what they want Hanahan football to be. I can’t commend them enough.”

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