The atmosphere at Beaufort High was electric on Homecoming night, and the students named king and queen weren’t the only ones getting crowned. The Eagles were also crowned region champions for the second straight year after a 55-0 win over the visiting Colleton County Cougars.
Amariee Morris rushed for 137 yards and two TDs, and Tyler Haley passed for 261 yards and two TDs, while the Eagles’ defense continued its domination.
Colleton County’s offense received the ball first and wasn’t able to do anything with the ball, the defense quickly forced a three and out. The Eagles came out with an explosive opening drive ending it with a 2-yard TD run from Morris and a two-point conversation run from Daniel Phares to make it 8-0 early in the first quarter. Later on the Eagles marched down the field and settled for a Joe Caprarola field goal that made it 11-0.
The Cougars came out ready for another chance but the Eagles defense mustered a fourth-down stop, and the Eagles responded with a 51-yard bomb from Tyler Haley to Marcus Goodwater to make it 18-0 early in the second quarter. The Cougars offense was able to make some plays down the field and had an opportunity to score twice. A long touchdown pass was called back due to an illegal man downfield, and another deep pass slipped through the receiver’s hands with no one between him and the end zone.
That was the opening the Eagles needed to put it out of reach, as they kept feeding the ball to Morris, who finished the drive with his second TD to make it 25-0 late in second quarter. Morris finished the game with 15 rushes for 137 rushing yards, and Jaylin Houseal added 74 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
Once again the Eagles’ dominant defense came up with pick from linebacker Daniel Phares to preserve the shutout going into halftime.
The Eagles added on after halftime with a 22-yard TD pass from Haley to Kacy Fields, who caught three passes for 88 yards and a score. McLeod Reichel was Haley’s favorite target, though, catching six passes for 85 yards.
The Eagles defense came back out fired up to keep the Cougars scoreless. Phares had an elusive 60-yard pick-six to make the score 39-0 in early in the third quarter. The Cougars offense wasn’t able to find a rhythm all night and the defense briskly forced another three-and-out. In the fourth quarter, backup quarterback James Dennison threw a TD with a little brotherly love to his brother Michael Dennison to make the game 45-0 in the fourth quarter.
Beaufort pounced on a muffed kick return to set up its final touchdown of the night from Houseal, and the defense finished it off with a safety.
The Eagles (4-0) were scheduled to play Hilton Head High next week, but the Seahawks are quarantined until Nov. 3 due to a positive COVID-19 test, so Beaufort will travel to Carolina Forest on Friday.
Story and photo by Gabriel Jenkins