May River won four football games in its first two years of existence. The Sharks have matched that total in four games in Year 3.
May River dominated from the outset Friday night in a 55-11 win at Hilton Head High, improving to 4-0 with wins over three county rivals.
Brandon Morales rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns and the Sharks’ defense grounded the Seahawks’ dangerous passing game, holding Hilton Head High to less than 170 total yards.
“We’re not big, but we’re scrappy,” May River coach Rodney Summers said of his team’s defense. “We don’t have a lot of depth, but those guys get after it. Coach (Jason) Hatcher demands a lot out of them, and a lot of those guys are two- and three-year starters. It’s exciting to see them have success.”
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The Sharks continued to have success running the ball behind a dominant offensive line. For the second straight week, May River showed a new wrinkle in its offense on the first series of the game, as defensive lineman Roderick Grant started at tailback because three players were held out of the starting lineup for missing practice on Monday.
Grant responded by rushing for 50 yards on seven carries on the Sharks’ first possession, setting up quarterback Ahmad Green’s 10-yard touchdown run.
Morales took over from there, punching in a pair of touchdown runs after interceptions by Terry Fields and Johnathan Gadson to give the Sharks a 21-0 hafltime lead. He added scoring runs of 11 and 24 yards in the second half to make it 41-3.
“Brandon’s seeing the holes pretty good right now, and the O-line is making some big holes,” Summers said. “It’s fun to watch.”
Jack Hegan caught a pair of touchdown passes — one from Green and one from backup Joseph Tapscott — and T.J. Polite-Grant added a 31-yard touchdown run and finished with 99 yards on 13 carries.
The Seahawks were without several starters, including star receiver Sterling White, and it showed. They struggled to move the ball in the first half and finally got on the board on a Jonathan Orr field goal after the Sharks muffed the opening kickoff in the second half. Gaston Moore and Diante Richard connected for a 43-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, but it was Hilton Head High’s only play of longer than 20 yards.
The Seahawks (3-1) will try to get back on track when they travel to Ridgeland-Hardeeville next Friday, while the Sharks (4-0) just hope to keep rolling with a trip to Colleton County.
“We’re confident, but we can’t be too cocky,” Morales said. “We’ve got to stay focused.”
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