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Hanahan High School

Hawks travel to Bluffton in playoffs

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

HANAHAN – The Hanahan High School football team was in a unique position during Week 10 of the season.

The Hawks had a chance to focus on themselves instead of getting geared up for an opponent. They had a bye week because they played in Week 0 back in mid-August.

The Hawks (4-6) begin the Class AAA playoffs at Bluffton High School (6-3). Hanahan finished third in Region 8-AAA, behind Timberland and Bishop England high schools.

The Bobcats are ranked No. 14 by the HSSR while Hanahan is unranked.

“Bluffton is athletic,” HHS coach Charlie Patterson said. “They’ve got an outstanding wide receiver that is going to the Shrine Bowl (Jermaine Patterson). He’s a guy that can take it to the house on you from anywhere. Their game plan from what we’ve seen is to get the ball to him, and they run it enough to keep you honest.”

The Hawks lean heavily on all-star running back Quincy Mitchell. He was recently chosen to play in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl and will play for South all-stars.

Mitchell, a speedster during track season too, has rushed for 1,345 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s also hauled in 13 catches for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

As for the group up front paving the way, Patterson said lineman Deangelo Failey has been the consistent along with being the most versatile.

“He’s played all three positions up there,” Patterson said.

The Hawks have also gotten solid contributions from left tackle Brandon Vorhis and right guard Matt Murray.

At quarterback, junior Jake Ward has passed for 1,255 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, linebacker Luke Mills is atop the stat sheet for the Hawks in tackles. He’s been in on 119 stops, including 12 for lost yardage.

Also, defensive end Cooper Dawson has 50 tackles and five sacks.

The Hawks go into the playoffs dialed in because of their Week 10 bye.

“We could just kind of hone our own skills and try to get better at things that have been causing us problems.”

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