Beaufort High suffers tough loss in season opener

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Photo above: Beaufort High running back Jeffrey Tookes, left, looks to get a block from Woods Langehans as he carries the ball during the first half. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

After a 40 minute rain delay, Beaufort High struggled both offensively and defensively in its season-opener, eventually falling to visiting Colleton County last Friday night. Colleton County pulled away to defeat Beaufort High 42-6 on a disappointing night. The loss forced Beaufort High to start its season 0-1. Tough Cougar defense and three Beaufort turnovers spelled disaster for the Eagles who fell to 0-1 in non-conference games.

With the win, Colleton County improved to 2-0. In its season-opener one week earlier, Colleton County dominated defensively and held Cane Bay to 61 yards of total offense for the entire game. The BHS Eagles are scheduled to host Bluffton on Friday, Sept. 4th. Kickoff for the Beaufort High-Bluffton football game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. Both Colleton County and Bluffton are Class 4A opponents for the Eagles.  In addition to Bluffton, Beaufort High’s remaining regular-season schedule will feature games versus Whale Branch, Battery Creek, Manning, Berkeley, Fort Dorchester, Stall, Hilton Head, Hanahan and Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

From left: this BHS student didn’t let a little rain dampen his spirits as he flies his American Flag during the football game; Colleton County running back Aric Overland gets tackled for loss by a determined BHS defense; BHS quarterback Connor Gruel, left, and running back Wyatt Sherpensky have trouble exchanging the ball for the first fumble of the night against Colleton County; the entire BHS cheerleading squad posed for a team photo prior to Friday night’s kickoff. Photos by Bob Sofaly.