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Hanahan High School

Hawk have new football coach in Morbitzer

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

HANAHANHanahan High School football coach David Morbitzer believes the Hawks are heading in the right direction following some great offseason work.

“Like everybody else, we want to get bigger, stronger and faster, and keep working on getting our foundation set for football season,” Morbitzer said. “We need everybody giving a championship effort and giving it all they’ve got.”

Morbitzer is in his first year since taking over for Charlie Patterson. He is a former Citadel offensive lineman who prepped at Lexington High School.

“It’s been great,” said Morbitzer, who will serve as offensive coordinator. “It helps to have great assistant coaches.”

Steve Blanchard stayed on as defensive coordinator and leads the inside linebackers. More coaches are Dylan Price (assistant offensive coordinator/receivers), David Pratt (quarterbacks/running backs), Maccrea Finch (offensive line), Pieter Smits (defensive line), Mark Zbanewicz (outside linebackers) and Brian Mitchell (defensive backs).

Morbitzer’s predecessor brought him to Hanahan and guided the program for 10 seasons, winning 71 games. The last two campaigns were lean – 7-16 combined record - but at one point Patterson’s teams won five region crowns in six seasons and 29 of 30 region games.

In 2017, the Hawks won four games and advanced to the playoffs before losing in the opening round by a single point to Bluffton High School.

In his 10 years at HHS, Morbitzer has served as a track and field coach at HHS, winning a girls state championship in 2011 and boys state championship in 2017.

The season for high school teams begins on July 27. The Hawks will host St. Johns in a scrimmage on Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. and travel to Stratford on Aug. 7 at 9 a.m.

The Hawks play in the Sertoma Football Classic on Aug. 9 against West Ashley High School.

Hanahan High School also has a new principal beginning this fall, former Hanahan assistant football and baseball coach Tom Gallus. Gallus takes over for retiring Ric Raycroft.

 

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