Beaufort Academy jumped out to an early lead on the road Friday, but the Eagles couldn’t maintain the momentum in a 28-7 loss to undefeated Williamsburg Academy in the SCISA Class 2A semifinals.
The Eagles came out swinging early, as Devonte Green’s interception set up a touchdown pass from Braydon Dineen to Jaxen Porter. Dineen then blocked a punt to set BA up inside the 20, but the Eagles couldn’t cash in, and the Stallions scored 28 unanswered points to advance to a showdown with Hilton Head Christian in this week’s championship game.
BA had a tough time stopping the Stallions’ powerful ground game, as Teague Ward racked up 128 yards on the ground, and Caleb Kline added 86 yards and two touchdowns. Ward also had 10 tackles to anchor a stingy Stallions defense that shut out the Eagles over the final three quarters.
The Eagles were plagued by 15 penalties — 11 in the first half — that derailed drives and allowed Williamsburg to sustain possessions. Devonte Green had a team-high 75 rushing yards on eight carries for BA, while Porter added 43 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 47 yards and a score. Dineen was 3-for-9 with all three completions going to Porter.
Jackson Davis recorded six tackles, Dineen and Porter had five each, and Green added three tackles, a sack, and an interception.
BA finished 6-4 in its second season of 11-man football. Williamsburg Academy will face Hilton Head Christian for the SCISA 2A title in a matchup of unbeaten teams at 4 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Charleston Southern.