The final stop of the Blackshear-Peduzzi Express was one to remember. On the strength of a standout defensive effort, the Hilton Head Christian Academy Eagles downed Carolina Academy 42-14 on Saturday at Charleston Southern University to complete a perfect 12-0 season and claim the program’s first state championship in eight years. The win was also one of redemption, capturing the elusive SCISA 2A title after a hard-fought overtime loss to Trinity Collegiate a year ago.
Junior Jace Blackshear ran for 57 yards and two scores and added a passing touchdown. In his final football game as an Eagle, JP Peduzzi threw for 138 yards, added a 10-yard rushing score, and picked off two Matthew Joye passes, returning the second to the end zone for a pick six. Jackson Lanier scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half to seal the championship win.
The Junkyard Dog defense shut down a dangerous Carolina Academy rushing attack, pitching a shutout in the first half and limiting Bobcat backs George Wilder and Matthew Joye to just 88 rushing yards in the game. Troy Chisolm recovered a fumble to go along with Peduzzi’s two interceptions, and the Eagles added a safety after their offense was stopped at the 1.
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