By: Robert Drillers
Playing to a packed house, the Warhawks looked to extend their winning ways with a victory over Bethesda Academy of Savannah and earn that first important victory in the region. They did not disappoint the large Homecoming crowd, defeating the Blazers 25-14.
The Warhawks stopped Bethesda on the Blazers’ first possession to force a punt. The team began their drive from the Blazers’ 47-yard line. It took the Warhawks just five plays to score on a 43-yard touchdown run by Cole Davis. The extra point was good, making the score 7-0.
After a series of punts, Eli Rowe intercepted a Blazer pass at the 47-yard line. Again, Cole Davis scored a 32-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0 with 11:47 remaining in the second quarter.
Bethesda responded with a seven-play touchdown run, scoring on a 15-yard run. The two-point play went well, making the score 13-9 with 8:08 left in the half.
The Warhawks responded on their next possession with an eight-play drive that covered 65 yards, resulting in a 2-yard touchdown run by Cole Davis. This brought the score to 19-8.
The Blazers cut the lead to 19-14 with 7:47 left in the game. Needing to run out the clock, the Warhawks got a 45-yard touchdown run from Cole Davis with 5:45 left on the game clock, effectively freezing the game.
Offensively, the Warhawks had 271 yards of total offense, all rushing. Cole Davis led the way with four touchdowns and 247 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
The Blazers were limited to 214 yards of total offense, rushing for 96 yards and passing for 128 yards.
“I think this was a great win for our program,” head coach Greg Langdale said. “We played a very good team tonight at Bethesda. I didn’t think we played our best game, but I was proud of the way the guys fought hard and were able to win an ugly game. I think our offensive line did a pretty good job tonight controlling the line of scrimmage. They were able to open up some big lanes to run for our backs.”
He continued: “Defensively, we missed a lot of tackles in the open field tonight, but I think we played hard and flew to the ball. We have the kind of effort tonight that it takes to win these kinds of games.”
The Warhawks will host Carolina Academy next week. “It is a good team that is playing its best football at the moment. Hopefully, we’ll continue to play hard and give ourselves a chance to get another win,” Langdale said of his next opponent.
On Friday night, the Warhawks will also recognize the 2002 state champion team.
The CPA High School team defeated Pinewood 20-16 this past Monday night. On Thursday night, CPA earned a 20-yard touchdown run from quarterback Cale Owens with 4 seconds left in the game to defeat Dorchester Academy 12-8. The high school record is now 6-1.