After an unexpected week off, Beaufort High is ready to begin the postseason.
The Eagles will host Hartsville in a second-round game in the Class 4A playoffs Friday, as they aim for a fifth consecutive victory following an 0-5 start.
Beaufort’s remarkable turnaround has been built on an option attack led by junior Daniel Phares, who took over after quarterback Tyler Haley was lost for the season to a shoulder injury, and running back James Dagin.
The Eagles’ defense also has shown steady improvement, as three freshman starters have grown up over the course of the season and the run defense in particular has stabilized.
Continuing that trend will be critical to the Eagles’ success, because the Red Foxes (8-3) have a powerful ground game led by Darian McMillan and quarterback Owen Taylor.
“They’re just a really well coached football team,” Beaufort coach Bryce Lybrand said. “They are big and physical. Three great linebackers and a couple of skill kids that can really run. The QB is a good football player.”
The winner advances to face either Brookland-Cayce or Wilson in the third round.
Above: Beaufort High School’s triple threat of quarterback Daniel Phares (no. 5) and running backs Amariee Morris (no. 21) and James Dagin (no.20). Photo by Bob Sofaly