Beaufort High came up short in a bid for its first win of the season Friday, falling 38-24 at Effingham County (Ga.).
The Eagles grabbed an early lead on Tyler Haley’s 3-yard touchdown run, but the Rebels responded with 17 straight points to take control.
Brandon Sarathy’s 30-yard field goal made it 17-10 at halftime, and the teams traded touchdowns to start the second half, with Haley’s 4-yard TD run pulling the Eagles within 24-17.
Effingham County essentially sealed the victory with two more touchdowns, making it 38-17 before Daniel Phares came on in relief of Haley and threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Goodwater.
James Dagin rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries, while Haley rushed for 96 yards on 15 attempts with two touchdowns and was 6-of-18 for 96 yards passing. Phares had four catches for 84 yards and was 2-for-2 passing for 57 yards and a score.
The Eagles (0-5) open region play at home against Bluffton on Friday.