BA outlasts James Island in high school football

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Beaufort Academy outlasted James Island Christian 43-30 in a regular-season finale on Friday night.

With the win, Scott Richards-coached Beaufort Academy improved to 4-6 overall and 4-4 in SCISAA 8-Man Region 2 but fell short of reaching the postseason.

James Island Christian excelled early, outscoring Beaufort Academy 22-14 in the opening quarter. The Eagles battled back to tie the game 22-22 and used a 14-0 effort in the third quarter to distance themselves after halftime.

Controlling the late-season contest after halftime, Beaufort Academy outscored James Island Christian 21-8 in the second half.

Offensively, Clay Melville completed five of seven passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles. The productive Melville also rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown in the win.

Leading Beaufort Academy in the rushing column, Reyn Robinson took 24 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown. He also delivered 90 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown pass receptions for the Eagles.

Following Robinson in the Beaufort Academy receiving column, Tucker Trask added 49 receiving yards and delivered a 15-yard touchdown reception for the Eagles.

Defensively, Melville paced Beaufort Academy with a team-high 10 tackles. Todger Davis recorded six tackles for the Eagles.