Lack of ball security led to an excessive amount of turnover and it cost Wilson Hall’s varsity football team dearly on Friday.
The Barons had five turnovers -- three fumbles and two interceptions in a 42-7 loss to perennial SCISA 3A power Hammond at Spencer Field.
“You can’t turn the ball over five times to the best team in the conference,” said WH head coach Adam Jarecki. “We have to clean it up next week,
The Skyhawks improved to 8-0 on the season, 6-0 in 3A play. Wilson Hall dropped to 5-3 and 3-3.
Hammond received the opening kickoff and started at its 14-yard line. The offense, led by quarterback Corbett Glick, led it on a 5-play, 86-yard scoring drive capped off by a 24-yard passing touchdown from Glick to wide receiver Lucas Prickett. The PAT gave Hammond an early 7-0 lead with 10:27 left in the first quarter.
Wilson Hall responded by driving to the Hammond 3-yard line. The Barons faced a fourth-down-and-goal situation and went for the score, but were unable to convert.
Hammond led 7-0 after one quarter, but things got out of hand quickly in the second quarter. The Skyhawks scored 28 points, riding the momentum of great defensive play. The Skyhawk had three takeaways in the second quarter, two of which were fumbles on the first play of consecutive Wilson Hall possessions.
Hammond turned both of those into touchdowns and a 28-0 lead on the way to a 35-0 halftime cushion.
Wilson Hall show signs of offensive presence in the late stages of the game. It put together a 5-play, 73-yard scoring drive that was finished on a 2-yard rushing touchdown from running back Justin Timmons with 5:28 left in the fourth quarter,
It doesn’t get any easier for the Barons as they travel to Columbia next Friday to face defending 3A champion Ben Lippen.
Jarecki said the Barons need to have their attention on Ben Lippen.
“We have to be focused on Ben Lippen, not what happened tonight,” he said.