Friday Football finals: Thomas Heyward 42, John Paul II 20; Hilton Head High 53, RHHS 12
J.R. Patterson ran for three touchdowns and Logan Thomas added two rushing scores Friday night to lead Thomas Heyward to a 42-20 win over visiting John Paul II in a SCISA Region 2-A contest.
The Rebels (3-2, 1-0 region) have won two straight games. The Golden Warriors (3-3, 1-2 region) have dropped two in a row.
Thomas Heyward wasted little time taking an early lead. Patterson ran 51 yards into John Paul II territory on the game’s first possession and several plays later he scampered for a 3-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 THA lead.
Zach Doe, who entered the game with 872 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns, raced 75 yards on the next possession for a John Paul II score to tie it 7-7.
The Rebels then took control, led by their offensive and defensive lines.
Thomas’ 7-yard TD run gave THA a 13-7 lead late in the first quarter.
A Melik Frost interception at the John Paul II 25-yard line ended a Rebels threat, but Timber Hexamer recovered a fumble at John Paul’s 12 with 7:19 remaining in the half. Patterson extended the lead with a 16-yard scoring run. River Pender added the 2-point conversion run for a 21-7 halftime lead.
THA went ahead 27-7 in the third quarter on a fourth-and-4 Thomas to Chipper Hammond 36-yard TD pass.
Frost brought the Golden Warriors close with a 58-yard TD run to make it 27-14 THA. But the Rebels answered with a 7-play, 77-yard drive that culminated in a Patterson 1-yard score and a 35-14 lead.
Frost’s 1-yard TD run in the fourth cut the deficit to 35-20. Thomas sealed the win with a 2-yard TD run that was set up by a Patterson 47-yard run to the 1-yard line.
“I thought we did a great job of controlling the game,” THA coach Nic Shuford said.
THA assistant Mike Heath said the team did a good job of tackling.
“They made plays; they wrapped up and that’s a big deal when you are playing a guy like Zack Doe,” Heath said. “We preach 11 hats to the ball every play.”
Heath noted standout play from Zach Bond, Bryce Tillotson, Pablo Orozco, Joseph Gibson, Pender and Hexamer.
The Rebels moved the ball primarily on the ground.
“We didn’t throw the ball as much as we normally do, but when your offensive line is getting a push like that, you stick with it,” Shuford said.
Said John Paul coach Kevin Wald: “We showed some grit out there. Thomas Heyward does two things very well: blocking and tackling. Their experience, strength, depth just took over.”
Thomas Heyward hosts Hilton Head Christian next Friday. John Paul II hosts Carolina Academy next week.
Jaguars fall at home
Ridgeland-Hardeeville High lost 53-12 to visiting Hilton Head High in a non-region SCHSL contest. The Jaguars (3-2) had touchdowns from Freddie Aiken and Jertaveon Smalls.
RHHS is off next Friday. The team visits May River Oct. 6 in a Region 8-AAA game.
Read much more in next week’s Jasper County Sun Times.