May River clinches its first region ti­tle

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Sports - BY STAFF RE­PORTS sports@is­land­packet.com

At WHHI Me­dia Day in Au­gust, May River coach Rod­ney Sum­mers wanted his team to “leave no doubt” this season.

On Fri­day, the Sharks left no doubt who the Region 7-3A cham­pion was. Bran­don Mo­rales rushed for three touch­downs as May River de­feated Wade Hamp­ton, 35-14, to win its first region cham­pi­onship in a matchup of top-10 ranked teams in Class 3A.

May River is sched­uled to play Col­leton County but Sum­mers isn’t sure if it will play that game. The Sharks host a first-round play­off game Nov. 9.

“It feels great, first region ti­tle as a head coach. We came close at West­wood,” said Sum­mers, who left West­wood to be the first coach in May River his­tory.

Trail­ing 7-0, Mo­rales got May River on the board with a 4-yard run and quar­ter­back Ah­mad Green’s put the Sharks up 14-7. Wade Hamp­ton tied it at 14-14 in the sec­ond quar­ter on De’Shareoh Wil­liams’ 60-yard TD run.

But May River an­swered with two Mo­rales runs in the sec­ond quar­ter to lead 27-14 at half­time. Green hit Jack He­gan on a TD pass in the third to make it 35-14.

BLUFFTON 29, HILTON HEAD IS­LAND 18

Bluffton com­pleted an un­beaten region slate and won the an­nual Bat­tle of the Bridge.

Bluffton will host a first-round play­off game Nov. 9 against one of the three at-large teams. Hilton Head likely to get one of the three at-large spots.

Quar­ter­back Lee Kirk­land threw two touch­down passes and John Swin­ton ran for a score. Evan Hayes kicked three field goals for the Bob­cats. His third field goal put Bluffton up 16-10 early in the fourth quar­ter.

Bluffton cashed in on a Hilton Head turnover as Kirk­land hit Rakim White to make it 22-10 in the fourth.

Ster­ling White and Dis­ney Richard each had TD runs for the Sea­hawks.

BEAU­FORT 34, COL­LETON COUNTY 13

Jef­frey Smyth threw two touch­down passes and John Da­gin ran for two TDs as Beau­fort clinched a home play­off game.

Beau­fort will host South Aiken or Air­port Nov. 9 in the first-round of the 4A play­offs.

HILTONHEAD PREP 35, HILTON HEAD CHRIS­TIAN 19

Quar­ter­back Stone McDon­ald threw for 205 yards and a TD and ran for two scores as Hilton Head Prep knocked off its ri­vals.

McDon­ald fin­ished with 285 yards of to­tal of­fense. Tommy Staffer led HHP with eight catches for 80 yards. Car­son King caught a TD pass and Hunter Hop­man rushed for a TD.

The Dol­phins’ Matthew Sul­li­van re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a score.

Daniel Har­ring­ton had a TD pass and run for Hilton Head Chris­tian.

Both the teams have clinched spots in the SCISA 2A play­offs and will find out their op­po­nents Satur­day.

WHALE BRANCH 23, BAT­TERY CREEK 0

Whale Branch com­pleted the season sweep over Bat­tery Creek.

Irvin Mul­li­gan had a TD run to put the War­riors up 10-0 at half­time. Kyshon Hipp had an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a score in the third quar­ter.

Henry Tome added a field goal for Whale Branch, who travel to Ocean­side Col­le­giate for a first round play­off game Nov. 9.

COL­LETON PREP 14, JOHN PAUL II 6

Zach Doe had the War­riors’ lone touch­down in the first quar­ter but were shut out over the fi­nal three quar­ters.

John Paul II learns its SCISA 2A play­off op­po­nent Satur­day.

RIDGE­LAND-HARDEEVILLE 40, LAKE MAR­ION 18

Ridge­land-Hardeeville clinched a play­off spot and earned a date with de­fend­ing cham­pion Dil­lon when the play­offs open Nov. 9.

For­mer Lake Mar­ion and Clem­son stand­out Mike Wil­liams got his jersey re­tired at half­time. Wil­liams plays in the NFL with the San Diego Charg­ers.

BEAU­FORT ACADEMY 34, PA­TRICK HENRY 0

De’Shaun Epps scored three touch­downs as the Ea­gles rolled in their reg­u­lar-season fi­nale.

BA will host a first-round play­off game in SCISA 8-man play­offs next week.

Epps had TD runs of 8 and 50 yards and also had a punt re­turn for a score. Daw­son Cole­man threw a TD pass and Ed­ward Mc­Cormick ran for a TD.

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