Friday night football: St. Andrew’s rolls past THA 33-0
Thomas Heyward Academy’s coach Nic Shuford knew St. Andrew’s of Savannah would be a difficult matchup for his young Rebels. He knew the game would be a physical battle on the line of scrimmage. But the Lions of St. Andrew’s didn’t even let the Rebels near the end zone, shutting out THA 33-0 in the SCISA clash.
“They just out-physicaled us today. They were much more physical than us on both sides of the ball,” said Shuford. “Every time we had a big play it seemed to get called back. We just couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm.”
St. Andrew’s opened the game making a statement with its offensive line - running the ball 11 times, including a 2-yard touchdown run. After St. Andrew's took a 6-0 lead with 6:36 left in the first quarter, Thomas Heyward’s defense held its ground and kept the Lions out of the end zone for the remainder of the quarter.
St. Andrew’s would go on to score its second touchdown in the second quarter and took a 12-0 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the half, THA looked to get things going on offense, but fumbled on the kickoff. St. Andrew’s recovered the fumble and rushed the ball five times before finally reaching the end zone, extending the lead to 19-0 just under three minutes into the second half.
St. Andrew’s went on to score two more touchdowns before the final buzzer sounded. Each Lions touchdown was a rush.
Thomas Heyward went into the game coming off a big 46-29 win over Hilton Head Prep where they put up 722 total yards of offense.
In last week’s win over Prep, THA was flagged five times in the second half, costing them over 50 yards. In tonight’s loss, THA was flagged eight times costing them over 60 yards, including a holding flag that negated a Logan Thomas touchdown run in the third quarter.
“We got to step it up, at least physicality wise,” Shuford said. “We’ll see what kind of leadership we’ve got moving forward after taking a loss like that. It’s not going to be an easy one to bounce back from, we’ll see how they (the kids) handle it.”
THA, 1-2 overall, will look to bounce back against Bethesda Academy. The Rebels host Bethesda next Friday, Sept. 8, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.