Caleb Wiegandt also contributed to this story.
Hawthorne (8-2) and Wildwood (9-1) are all set for their upcoming high school football playoff game on Friday.
Both teams have been giving it their all this season, and this time, a regional title is on the line. The winner will move on to the state semifinals and play the winner of Union County (8-3) and Madison County (9-2) on Friday, December 4.
Hawthorne Continues To Dominate
Last week, the Hornets beat Fort Meade (5-4) in their second playoff game. The defense was strong on both sides while offensively, both teams struggled. There was light rain throughout the game that made things a little more difficult on the players, but that did not stop the Hornets from taking the win.
After a silent first half and third quarter, the Hornets started moving in. The Hornets almost scored a touchdown, but a fumble inside the Miners 10-yard-line ended the drive.
Hawthorne came back thanks to Jamal Nealy, giving the Hornets their first touchdown and lead of the game. Hawthorne scored again with a touchdown from Dre Lawrence, making the score 12-0 with 7:57 remaining in the game.
The Miners didn’t stay silent, scoring a touchdown with a successful kick making the score 12-7 with 5:12 left in the game.
Their strike back wasn’t enough as Hawthorne closed out the game and the Miners season.
1 2 3 4 F
Hawthorne 0 0 0 12 12
Fort Meade 0 0 0 7 7
Wildcats Up For The Challenge
The Wildcats also found success Friday night. They took down Newberry (8-2) in their regional semifinal playoff game.
Nate Mikell gave the team their first lead of the game with a 15-yard rushing touchdown giving the Wildcats a 8-0 lead in the first quarter after the two-point conversion. Mikell continued dominating with a 22-yard scoring run; a successful two-point conversion run by Jeremiah Colebrooks gave the Wildcats a 16-0 lead. Wildwood then scored another touchdown with a two-point conversion giving them a lead of 24-0 as Newberry struggled to score in the first quarter.
In the second quarter with four minutes to go, Newberry had a rushing touchdown with a successful two-point conversion, making the score 24-8. Wildwood retaliated with another rushing touchdown bringing the score to 30-8 with one minute to go in the second quarter. Newberry got a hold of the ball with seconds left in the half and scored again, cutting the Wildcats lead to 30-16 at the half.
With six minutes to go in the third quarter, a Wildwood passing touchdown made the score 36-16. The Wildcat offense added another passing touchdown with five minutes to go, making the score 42-16 at the end of the third quarter.
Closing with a scoreless fourth quarter, Wildwood beat Newberry 42-16 and moved on to play Hawthorne for a shot at the Final Four.
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Wildwood 24 6 12 0 42
Newberry 0 16 0 0 16