Eagles ease past Yellowjackets, set up rematch with Myrtle Beach


After a fourth consecutive dominating performance, Beaufort High will get the rematch it coveted with top-ranked Myrtle Beach.

Amariee Morris rushed for three touchdowns, Tyler Haley added two touchdown runs, and Jalin Porter had a pick-six to punctuate another outstanding defensive showing in a 42-10 win at North Augusta on Friday in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Eagles have won four straight since a heartbreaking 24-21 home loss to May River deprived them of a third straight region title, and their offense has been in top form, scoring 161 points during the winning streak.

Haley had a tough time getting into a rhythm, completing 12 of 23 passes, but he came up with some big throws and did serious damage with his legs, passing for 191 yards and picking up 106 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The senior star opened the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run and added a 57-yard scoring scamper to make it 28-10 early in the third quarter.

Morris picked up 66 yards on 12 carries and scored three times, putting the Eagles ahead for good with an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and capping the scoring with touchdown runs of 5 and 4 yards in the third. McLeod Reichel caught seven passes for 118 yards, and Zyrin Odom snagged two for 47 yards.

Porter’s pick-six came just before halftime and made it 21-10 at the break, and the Eagles received the second half kickoff and cashed in again on Haley’s long touchdown run to break it open. A stingy Beaufort defense took care of the rest, with James Dennison leading the charge with seven tackles.

Beaufort (10-2) will travel to Myrtle Beach on Friday for a second straight Lower State semifinal matchup. The Seahawks (9-1) ended the Eagles’ season with a 49-37 win at Beaufort last year.

High School FootballPlayoff Schedule

SCHSL Class 4A Lower State semifinals

Beaufort High (10-2) at Myrtle Beach (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

SCHSL Class 1A Lower State semifinals

Whale Branch (8-1) at C.E. Murray (5-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

SCISA Class 2A Championship

Williamsburg Academy (9-0) vs. Hilton Head Christian (10-0), 5 p.m. Saturday

SCISA Class 1A Championship

Lee Academy (7-5) vs. Thomas Heyward (10-1), Noon Saturday

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