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Eagles grind out win in defensive struggle with Trojans

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Beaufort High’s offense had a tough time finishing drives Friday night against a stingy James Island defense, but the Eagles’ defense was up to the task, pitching a 16-0 shutout on the road to keep Beaufort unbeaten in Region 7-4A.

The Eagles were without star running back Amariee Morris due to an ankle injury, but Caleb Ulmer stepped in to rush for 101 yards on 21 carries, and Tyler Haley added a touchdown run. Beaufort moved the ball effectively — Haley was 13-for-20 for 176 yards — but had to settle for a trio of Joe Caprarola field goals.

Caprarola was good from 43 and 35 yards in the first half as Beaufort took a 6-0 lead to the break. After Haley’s 2-yard TD run made it 13-0, Caprarola added a 21-yard chip shot to cap the scoring.

McLeod Reichel had four catches for 49 yards, Zyrin Odom caught four passes for 45 yards, and Michael Dennison snagged two passes for 55 yards for the Eagles.

James Dennison and Jalin Porter both had interceptions to help Beaufort preserve the shutout.

Beaufort (6-1, 2-0) hosts May River next week in a matchup on the only undefeated teams in Region 7-4A.

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