In one of their biggest games not involving a championship trophy, the Hammond Skyhawks defeated highly touted Charlotte Christian 21-17 at Edens Stadium on Friday.
The six-time defending SCISA Class 3A champion Skyhawks improved to 2-0 despite early miscues.
Senior running back Quayshon Myers helped lift the Skyhawks, contributing 190 yards and all three touchdowns on 23 carries. The Hammond passing game accounted for 108 yards, with quarterback Jake Nidiffer completing 8 of 14 attempts.
“It was a hard fought game by both teams,” Hammond coach Erik Kimrey said. “They are a very, very good football team from a bigger conference in Charlotte. They have two Division I players and it might have been the most Division 1 talent that’s ever graced Hammond’s field. We certainly respected their talent but our kids were not intimidated.”
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The Skyhawks trailed by seven at the break, after missing a field goal on the opening drive, and throwing an interception on a fourth-and-6 play on their next trip inside the 20.
“We just tried to keep calm. We felt like we made some critical mistakes in the first half we might have been leading or tied. We felt like if we could keep calm and eliminate those mistakes we could turn it around,” Kimrey said.
When Charlotte Christian fumbled the opening kickoff in the second half, the Skyhawks were prepared to capitalize, and scored two plays later to tie the game.
“Our defense really played well all night long and gave us a chance to win the game despite some problems in the red zone and some mistakes early on,” Kimrey said. “Sam Ulmer and Grant Hensley, to play against some of the caliber talent that they did, they did a nice job of holding them up.”
The Skyhawks travel to Orangeburg next week for a conference game with Orangeburg Prep.
H—Quayshon Myers 17 run (Ken Krupa kick)
C—Bo Hines 14 run (kick good)
C—Eric Lynch 10 run (kick good)
H—Myers 14 run (Krupa kick)
H—Myers 5 run (Krupa kick)
C—31 field goal