Tuesday, November 5, 2013
It’s safe to say the Palmetto Christian Academy football team was frustrated heading into its regular season finale this past Friday night at Thomas Heyward Academy.
The Eagles plowed through their first six games, accumulating a 5-1 record including signature wins against Porter-Gaud and Bible Baptist. They began hearing whispers of a SCISA 2A state championship.
Then, Palmetto Christian was reminded that there is no obvious favorite to win the state title -- nor its region -- when the Eagles lost their next two games.
Palmetto Christian got back to winning this past Friday night with a 64-34 rout over Thomas Heyward to secure third place in the crowded region.
Hilton Head Christian was the only team to finish undefeated (4-0) in the region, so it grabbed first place. By way of tiebreakers, Northwood Academy (2-2) earned second, Thomas Heyward (2-2) was handed fourth and Hilton Head Prep (0-4) came in fifth.
Senior quarterback J.T. Waters continues to raise the bar. In a season where he re-establishes his best game until that point, Waters again put up eye-popping numbers. The senior rushed for 462 yards, threw for 113 yards and had eight touchdowns (seven rushing, one passing).
Senior linebacker Will Tuchfarber had 12 solo tackles, and as a wide receiver, he hauled in five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Thomas Gunn had 10 solo tackles and an assist.
Palmetto Christian (6-3 overall) earned a date at Calhoun Academy (5-4 overall, 4-1 region) on Friday in the first round of the SCISA 2A playoffs.
The Eagles and Cavaliers have two common opponents this season. Calhoun lost to Thomas Heyward, Sept. 6, by 16 points and it lost to Hilton Head Prep, Oct. 4, by 18 points. Palmetto Christian, by contrast, beat Hilton Head Prep by six points, Sept. 20.
Calhoun plays in a weaker region than Palmetto Christian, but the region is highlighted by state power Florence Christian (9-1, 6-0), which Palmetto Christian coach Jim Daniel has called the favorite to win the state title.