Whale Branch built an early lead and held off visiting Ridgeland-Hardeeville for a 37-26 win Friday.
Irvin Mulligan scored three rushing touchdowns, including two in the second half, to help the Warriors rebound from their first loss last week at May River.
Jadon Grant and C.J. Brown scored rushing touchdowns and Henry Tome booted a field goal to give Whale Branch a 16-0 lead. After a Jaguars score, Mulligan’s first TD of the night made it 23-6 at halftime.
The Jaguars twice pulled within 10 in the second half, but Mulligan answered with a touchdown run each time, including a 60-yard burst that made it 37-20 and sealed the win.
Mar’Quese Grant and Jertaveon Smalls each scored two touchdowns for the Jaguars.
Marion Smalls had a pair of interceptions for the Warriors.
Whale Branch (3-1) has a week off before traveling to Philip Simmons on Sept. 21. The Jaguars (2-2) host Hilton Head High next Friday.
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