Hammond’s offense committed a couple of false start and delay-of-game penalties early in its opener against Hilton Head Christian at Edens Stadium on Friday night.
But it didn’t take long for the Skyhawks to get down to business against the Eagles.
Running back T.J. Brady, who missed the 2012 season with an injured collarbone, racked up 122 yards and three touchdowns, while first-year starting quarterback Davis King passed for 293 yards and four TDs to propel the Skyhawks to a 49-23 victory.
“I thought the offense did a great job,” Hammond coach Erik Kimrey said. “Davis King did a great job of distributing the ball to all of our receivers. We were really able to do that well. He did a tremendous job, and we’re excited to have him. T.J. would have split time at running back last year, so we felt very comfortable with the transition of him coming in.”
The Skyhawks rolled up 467 yards of offense on the night.
After Hilton Head Christian kicker J.R. Moise gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead on a 22-yard field goal midway through the first quarter, Hammond took control. Doak Fisher’s 37-yard touchdown pass from King late in the first was only the start.
Brady’s three scores came in the second quarter, on runs from 9, 12 and 2 yards. Hilton Head Christian got to within 14-10 on quarterback Brad Meccariello’s 10-yard TD run with 11:07 left in the first half, but Hammond quickly went up 28-10 with back-to-back Brady scores.
Deangelo Clark weaved past Hammond defenders and broke out on a 47-yard touchdown scamper at the 1:56 mark to make it 28-17. The Skyhawks got one more score on the board when King found receiver Cantey Heath in the left corner of the end zone to complete a 12-yard TD pass with 37 seconds left.
Hammond got two more scores in the second half in the form of King passes to Heath and Cannon Smith. Meccariello scored the Eagles’ only second-half touchdown late in the third quarter.
Kimrey was pleased with his team’s offensive production and said he was looking to see some improvement on defense as the season moves on.
“This year in particular, when you only had one scrimmage because of the weather, there’s things you have to work on,” Kimrey said. “It’s almost like a scrimmage. There were times where we were checking over too late and things of that nature, but we’ll watch the film and try to clean that stuff up.”
HHC – J.R. Moise 22 field goal
HA – Doak Fisher 37 pass from Davis King (Bill Horst kick)
HA – T.J. Brady 9 run (Horst kick)
HHC – Brad Meccariello 10 run (Moise kick)
HA – Brady 12 run (Horst kick)
HA – Brady 2 run (Horst kick)
HHC – DeAngelo Clark 47 run (Moise kick)
HA – Cantey Heath 12 pass from King (Horst kick)
HA – Heath 4 pass from King (Horst kick)
HHC – Meccariello 2 run (kick blocked)
HA – Cannon Smith 24 pass from King (Horst kick)
RUSHING – HHC, Doe 14-92, Meccariello 8-82, Clark 6-66. Hammond, Brady 15-122, Riley 4-59.
PASSING – HHC, Meccariello 7-16-0. Hammond, King, 17-27-0, Riley 0-1-0.
RECEIVING – HHC, Pirozzi 3-27, Davis 2-16, Cooler 2-17. Hammond, Woodburn 8-93, Heath 4-65, Fisher 2-58, Smith 3-72, Brady 1-5.