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Hawks’ ground game rolling as region begins

By Rob Gantt
Special Contributor

Hanahan – As the curtains came up on the Region 8-AAA slate for Hanahan High School’s football team, the Hawks may have put on their best show offensively.
Hanahan coasted past rival Bishop England 37-7 on Sept. 28 and continues region play at Academic Magnet on Oct. 5.  Hanahan is 2-3 overall and 1-0 in region play. 
The other victory came earlier in the season against Woodland.
The Raptors won their first three games this fall but have slipped in three straight. They lost to Manning 61-0 in their region opener.
“They had a lot of success early on,” HHS coach David Morbitzer said. “We’re going to have to do our best when we go over there. We’re not going to take any opponent lightly. If we don’t do what we’re supposed to do, there could be problems.”
In the win over Bishop England, which was homecoming for the Hawks, running back Gale Ball exploded for 207 yards and reached the end zone three times. Teammate Shi Hart topped the 100-yard mark and scored one time. Quarterback Mac Blakeney added a score for the Hawks. Hunter Mills is another key contributor in the running game for the Hawks.
Morbitzer credited LT Matt Murray, LG Kevy Bell, C Andrew Stewart, RG Kevin Johnson and RT Alex Herriott, along with TE Wesly Crane, for paving the way for the impressive night offensively. The Hawks ran for 360 yards.
“It looked like we were pancaking people all night,” Morbitzer said.
All of Blakeney’s three completed passes went to receiver Jake Ward.
The Hawks led 7-0 after a quarter, 14-0 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.
In the loss to Timberland, Hart rushed for 58 yards and Blakeney passed for 71 yards. Donald Vanderhorst had an interception and Kai Buffalo recovered a fumble.
After Academic Magnet, the Hawks travel to Georgetown (Oct. 12), host Manning (Oct. 19) and host Waccamaw (Oct. 26).

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