The St. George's Hawks have completed the first portion of their dream season after beating Polytech High School 42-15 at home Saturday morning and finish the regular season undefeated at 10-0.
The Hawks dominated the Panthers from start to finish, scoring 22 points in the first quarter and never looking back.
Taronn Selby started the scoring with a nifty 54-yard run, but the point-after failed, leaving the score 6-0 in favor of the home team. Polytech countered with a scoring drive of their own, as Gabe Brown scored from 20 yards out, and William Zwicharowski's PAT gave the Panthers a short-lived 7-6 lead.
The Hawks gradually took control, scoring on a dazzling 66-yard run by Tymiere Griffin, a safety by Luke Hernandez, and on an explosive 41-yard run by Vaughn Simmons-Williams before the end of the quarter to take a 22-7 lead.
The second and third quarters were more defensive minded, but the Hawks T. Selby got his second touchdown of the day on a 3-yard run, then Keyjaun Selby scored on a 45-yard interception return to build the lead to 35-7 after three quarters.
“We got ourselves in a good situation in the second half to get our starters out of the game, to avoid any injuries before the playoffs, but also importantly to give our guys on the second team a chance to play,” said Hawk coach J.D. Maull.
In the fourth quarter, St. George's sealed the deal with a 1-yard touchdown run by Logan Gilbert. Hawks ripPolytech's Demetrius Williams found the end zone on a 15-yard pass from Avery Chandler, and Mark Jones added the two-point conversion on a pass from Chandler.
St. George's offense accounted for more than 400 yards on the day and Griffin had 7 carries for 143 yard and a touchdown. The Hawks now head to the DIAA Division 2 state football playoffs, while Polytech finished the season with a 1-9 record.
“I want to thank everyone in the St. George's community for their help in our successful season. Now we have our work cut out for us, we have to refocus the team to get ready for the tournament,” said Maull.
“There will be a lot of distractions, but we need to get the job done.”he said.