Hanahan squanders 17-0 first quarter lead, drops game to Stags 44-31

The Hanahan Hawks football team played solid football for a good majority of their Sept. 7 game against Berkeley. Unfortunately for Hawk coach Charlie Patterson and his squad, one bad quarter negated the positive three quarters and that was the difference as Berkeley prevailed 44-31.

“We played well for three quarters,” Patterson said after this team dropped its third straight game after a victory in the season-opener. “Unfortunately, it’s a four-quarter game. We played well, but we’re not good enough to stink it up for a quarter and overcome it against a good team like Berkeley.”

The game was moved up to Thursday in advance of the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. It wasn’t the only game affected by the weather. The Bishop England at Porter-Gaud game was cancelled and will not be played. The Philip Simmons-Waccamaw junior varsity game was also cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

“I don’t think playing a day early made a difference,” Patterson said of Berkeley, which upped its record to 3-1. “It was the same for both teams.”

Hanahan led 17-0 in the first quarter and 17-7 at the end of one quarter. The Hawks still led, 24-17, at halftime, but momentum and the scoring swung the other way in the second half.

Patterson had praise for senior Quincy Mitchell over the summer saying Mitchell finally made the transition from track star to running back.

Mitchell demonstrated his talent in front of the Stag defense, rushing for more than 180 yards while scoring three touchdowns against the Stags in what was arguably the best offensive performance of his career. He had TD runs of 70 and 50 yards in the first half. But Mitchell totaled only 10 yards in the second half, according to Patterson.

“We got behind the stick in the second half and had to throw it more,” Patterson said. “We just blocked better in the first half. I don’t think they did anything different.”

Javantae Grant scored the Hawks’ other TD on a short pass from Jake Ward.

Patterson’s team made big plays. The Hawks were also victims of big plays including a one-play drive that produced a 69-yard TD.

“When you get a lead, the worst thing that can happen is when you give up a one-play score,” Patterson said. “That can change the momentum in a hurry.”

The Stags are 3-1, and were the first heavyweight on the Hawks’ toughest part of their schedule. The Hawks play Cane Bay this week, followed by St. John’s, Timberland and Manning. Those four teams are a combined 11-3.

“To be honest, I don’t think any of the teams we have faced so far have been easy games,” Patterson said. “It’s not about the other team. It’s about us getting better. When you play a tough schedule, you know who you are and know where you stand.”

Bishop England, which is 1-2 in 2017, will host Woodland on Friday. It marks the first of four straight home games for the Bishops.

Philip Simmons will play Stratford.

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