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Hammond jumps on Wilson Hall early, triumphs 48-7

BY J. SCOTT SEWELL
jscott@theitem.com
Posted 9/20/19

Wilson Hall fell to 0-3 on the season after a 48-7 loss to top-ranked Hammond on Friday at Spencer Field.

And the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.

The Skyhawks dominated …

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Hammond jumps on Wilson Hall early, triumphs 48-7

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Wilson Hall fell to 0-3 on the season after a 48-7 loss to top-ranked Hammond on Friday at Spencer Field.

And the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.

The Skyhawks dominated from the start, jumping out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter, and extending their lead to 48-0 by halftime.

“They’re probably as good a team as we’ve ever had in SCISA,” said Wilson Hall head coach Adam Jarecki, whose team is also 0-3 in SCISA 3A. “They have everything; they’ve got good skill people and obviously a good defensive line.”

It took Hammond just 39 seconds to put points on the board. Quarterback Jackson Muschamp, son of South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp, connected with Jordan Burch, the second-ranked recruit in the country, on a 53-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game to put the Skyhawks ahead 7-0. It was the first of five touchdown passes for Muschamp on the evening.

Hammond added to the lead with a slick 33-yard touchdown run just three minutes later, and then Muschamp notched his second touchdown pass of the game when he connected with Andre Wilson for 15-yard touchdown pass with 6:12 remaining in the first quarter, pushing the lead to 20-0.

“We gave up big plays right off the bat, and we couldn’t get anything going,” said Jarecki. “We just didn’t quit, and that’s the biggest thing.”

Muschamp recorded his third touchdown pass on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter, and the Skyhawks then added a defensive touchdown on a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior linebacker Brig Brannon.

Muschamp posted his last two touchdown passes in the final four minutes of the half for the 48-0 lead.

“We wanted to win the second half obviously,” said Jarecki. “We didn’t quit, and that was the biggest thing. It would’ve been easy to kinda roll over there. It was a good effort, but not a lot we can do with them.”

The Barons did indeed win the second half, which was played with a running clock. Wilson Hall outscored the Skyhawks 7-0 in the final two quarters. Wilson Hall’s lone score came on a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Jagger Hebert, who punctuated the score with a flip into the end zone.

The most difficult part of Wilson Hall’s schedule is now behind it. The Barons will now get ready to host Pinewood Prep on Friday.