Watch: Hammond’s Cleo Canty returns opening kickoff for touchdown
Hammond is headed to another state appearance.
Cleo Canty returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Jordan Burch had four first-half touchdowns as the Skyhawks defeated Cardinal Newman, 49-12, on Friday in the SCISA 3A semifinals at Eden Stadium.
Hammond faces First Baptist for the state title next Saturday at Benedict Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
It is the Skyhawks’ 12th state title appearance in the last 15 seasons. Hammond has won nine championships in the span and carries a 24-game winning streak into the championship game.
“Our guys came out ready to play and we talked about putting the hammer down early and making sure there was no question who was going to win this game.,” Hammond coach Erik Kimrey said.
Canty got Hammond’s scoring going with a 96-yard kickoff return to start the game. The Skyhawks scored on their first four possessions with Burch running it in three times and catching a TD pass from Jackson Muschamp for the other.
Muschamp threw for 276 yards. Canty finished with 5 catches for 77 yards and a TD. He also had a one-handed interception. Andre Wilson had 63 yards receiving. Hal Croswell rushed for 77 yards and a TD.
Saul Diaz returned an interception for a score in the second half to make it 49-0.
AJ DePalma had a TD pass to Deontay Smith and Jalen Crumpton had a TD for the Cardinal Newman. The Cardinals finish at 7-4, their most wins in more than a decade.
Dutch Fork 54, South Florence 0
Ron Hoff ran for four touchdowns as the Silver Foxes extended their winning streak to 21 games and advanced in the Class 5A playoffs.
Dutch Fork will host West Ashley next week. It was the Silver Foxes’ fourth shutout in nine games this season.
Dutch Fork has scored more than 50 points in every game this year.
Hoff finished with 54 yards, and Jonathan Hall ran for two scores. Quarterback Ty Olenchuk threw for 249 yards and a TD, a 24-yarder to Jalin Hyatt.
Hyatt finished with eight catches for 143 yards. The Silver Foxes held South Florence to 111 yards of offense.
Ridge View 76, Travelers Rest 0
Javon Anderson threw five touchdown passes and ran for another as Ridge View rolled in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
It was the first on-campus home game in school history and the 76 points were a single-game record. The Blazers will play region rival Westwood in the second round next week at District 2 Stadium.
Anderson finished with 294 yards through the air. Walyn Napper caught five passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Cori Davis ran for 99 yards and a TD.
Westwood 20, Belton-Honea Path 3
Westwood scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to upset a region champion for the second straight year in the playoffs.
Last season, the Redhawks beat an unbeaten North Augusta team in the first round.
Cam Atkins ran for two touchdowns and Ahmon Green had a TD pass to Cortes Braham.
Westwood will travel to Ridge View next week in the second round of the 4A playoffs.
Carolina Forest 36, Lexington 35 (OT)
Quarterback Mason Garcia scored on a 3-yard run and ran in the conversion as the Panthers eliminated the Wildcats from the playoffs for the second straight year.
Lexington trailed 28-21 in the fourth quarter but tied it on a William Crouch run with 4:30 left.
The Wildcats had a chance to win in regulation but Cal Herndon was picked off by Alex Reed in the end zone as time expired.
Lexington scored first in overtime on Herndon’s pass to Nathan Baxley.
Garcia threw for 221 yards and rushed for 74 with five total touchdowns. David Legette led CF with 188 yards rushing.
Akeem Nicholas ran for 142 yards to lead Lexington.
Brookland-Cayce 31, Beaufort 30
Brookland-Cayce won a wild game that featured two weather delays and didn’t end until almost 1 a.m. Saturday.
The game was stopped with 3:10 left in the fourth and Beaufort with the ball at the 22.
The first play after the delay, the Eagles fumbled. The Bearcats ran out the clock after that.
Running back Will Way scored the Bearcats’ go-ahead touchdown with 10:15 left in the fourth quarter.
Joe Pradubsri had a TD catch and ran for a score for B-C. Quarterback Reed Charpia threw for a score and ran one.
Gilbert 33, Georgetown 7
Dre Cook ran for touchdowns and quarterback Jy Tolen threw for a TD as Gilbert moved on in the Class 3A playoffs.
Gilbert travels to unbeaten May River next week for a second-round matchup. The Indians led 26-0 at halftime and outgained Georgetown, 314-139.
Cody Temples and Ty Walker also added TD runs for Gilbert.
Gray Collegiate 43, Latta 21
Kazarius Adams rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns as Gray Collegiate won its first playoff game in school history.
Gray hosts Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the second round next week. The game will be played at Benedict College.
Julian Jackson and Emmanuel Harley each returned kickoffs for touchdowns for the War Eagles.
Nation Ford 14, Blythewood 5
Nathan Mahaffey rushed for 215 yards and two scores as Nation Ford knocked off Blythewood in first round of the 5A playoffs.
Mahaffey’s 67-yard run put Nation Ford up 14-5 early in the fourth quarter.
Blythewood outgained Nation Ford 314-233 but turned the ball over four times, all inside Nation Ford territory.
Jaylon Boyd rushed for 116 yards and King Ford passed for 175 for Blythewood.
Berkeley 48, Irmo 33
Berkeley scored twice in the first four minutes of the third quarter to defeat Irmo in the 5A playoffs.
John Ragin had a pair of TD passes including a 95 yarder to Omarion Dollison. The Yellow Jackets led 20-13 at the half.
Sumter 21, Spring Valley 13
Justice Wells ran for two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder in the fourth quarter, as Sumter won its 5A playoff opener.
Spring Valley trailed 14-0 in the second quarter but Anthony Wilson scored on a 4-yard run and Alex Herrera hit a pair of field goals, the second a 43-yarder in the third quarter to pull within 14-13.
But Wells scored on the 80-yard TD and Sumter shut SV out the rest of the way.
Adrian Ross led SV with 77 yards rushing and TJ Wise added 61.
Camden 52, Seneca 10
Camden rushed for 423 yards in winning its first playoff game since 2009.
The Bulldogs will travel to defending upper state champion Chapman next week in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
Deldrik Jones led Camden with 152 yards rushing. Shymeik Corbitt added 98 yards on the ground and a score. Mikah Davis and Willis Lane also ran for two TDs.
Quarterback Bryce Jeffcoat threw for 91 yards and two TDs.
Marlboro County 48, Airport 20
Elijah Blair rushed for four touchdowns as Marlboro County defeated Airport in the first round of the 4A playoffs.
The Bulldogs scored the final 27 points of the game after Airport cut the lead to 21-20 with 3:13 left in the third.
Airport quarterback Brandon Caughman had two TD passes and Haden Rimer kicked two field goals.
North Central 41, St. Joseph’s 21
Seantrell Davis-Warren ran for two touchdowns as North Central won its first playoff game since 1998.
Markell Portee had a 94-yard TD catch and Jamel Jones ran for a 72-yard touchdown for the Knights, who will travel to defending champion Abbeville for the second round of the 2A playoffs.
Myrtle Beach 57, Dreher 7
Jermani Green ran for 276 yards and five touchdowns in Myrtle Beach’s first-round playoff game.
Da Da Washington had Dreher’s lone touchdown, a 36-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Swansea 20, Manning 14 (OT)
Keenan Coates’ TD run in overtime gave the Tigers their first playoff win since 2014.