Beaufort High Loses Wet, Wild Heartbreaker to Brookland-Cayce

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Photo above: Beaufort High School’s Ky’Yea Little brings down the ball carrier as Dylan Williams and  Will Kelley move it to help Friday night at BHS. The Eagles lost the first round playoff game 31-30 to Brookland-Cayce. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Beaufort High’s season ended in the early morning hours Saturday, as the Eagles waited out a two-hour lightning delay before falling 31-30 to Brookland-Cayce in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Eagles and Bearcats went back and forth in a wild game that saw seven lead changes, including four in the second half.

Jeffrey Smyth opened the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run, but the Bearcats answered quickly to tie it and pulled ahead 13-7 early in the second quarter. Tyler Haley’s 8-yard TD pass to William Winburn gave the Eagles a 14-13 lead with 7:04 left in the half, but Brookland-Cayce responded with a touchdown to regain the lead.

Peyton Langford’s 33-yard field goal pulled Beaufort within 19-17 at halftime, and Haley broke a 75-yard TD run early in the third quarter to give the Eagles the lead again, but the Bearcats again answered to take a 25-24 lead with 4:05 left in the third.

Haley’s second touchdown run of the night put Beaufort ahead 30-25 with 11:28 left, but Brookland-Cayce answered just over a minute later for a 31-30 lead.

The Eagles had the ball when lightning in the area forced a delay with 3:10 remaining. After the two-hour break, Beaufort fumbled and Brookland-Cayce was able to run out the clock.

The Eagles finished coach DeVonte Holloman’s first season with a 5-6 record.

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