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Thursday night football final: Thomas Heyward 52, Bethesda 18

  • Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Thomas Heyward charges the field Thursday night. The Rebels Bethesda 52-18.
  • Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Thomas Heyward was in a celebratory mood Thursday at it beat Bethesda 52-18.
  • Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Coaches Nic Shuford, and Leon Etheridge point the way to victory.

Thomas Heyward wasted little time Thursday night getting itself back on track.

On the Rebels’ first play from scrimmage against visiting Bethesda Academy, Logan Thomas found Jake Masters for a 78-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass. The score was one of six first-half THA touchdowns that propeled the Rebels to a 52-18 win.

THA (2-2) rebounded from last week’s loss to St. Andrew’s.

The Rebels were in control throughout. Thomas tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Zach Black with 9:20 remaining in the first quarter and early in the second quarter, J.R. Patterson scored on a 3-yard run to put THA ahead 20-0.

“They came out focused and ready to go,” THA coach Nic Shuford said.

Caleb Tufts’ 5-yard scoring run gave the Rebels a 27-0 lead and outside linebacker Owen White, who was all over the field, returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown and a 34-0 lead.

John Clark Tilton capped the first-half scoring with a 54-yard run that gave THA a 40-0 halftime lead.

Thomas tossed a 40-yard scoring pass to Joseph Gibson in the second half and after a Bethesda (0-4) touchdown Patterson had an 80-yard kickoff return for a TD.

White said the team wanted to quickly get past last week’s 33-0 defeat.

“We didn’t like taking that loss,” he said. “We redeemed ourselves this week.”

On his interception, White said from watching game film he knew where Bethesda was going with the ball.

“We watched film over and over again and I saw the key and I took action,” he said.

Shuford praised White for his efforts.

“He worked his tail off at practice this week,” Shuford said. “He made the most of his opportunity. Tonight he was keeping contain and making plays at the line. Then we drop him into coverage and he gets a pick-six.”

The Rebels have a bye week before they host rival John Paul II Sept. 22. The Golden Warriors (3-1) won Thursday, beating visiting Hilton Head Prep 51-14. The Golden Warriors had 423 yards rushing.

Last season THA beat John Paul II 48-0.

“It’s our first region game of the year, that’s what we are looking at,” Shuford said. “We need to set the tone for our region. It’s going to be a tough game.”

The win capped a long but joyous day for Shuford because at 8:22 a.m. he and his wife welcomed their third child, Avery.

“It’s was an exciting day,” said Shuford, who was at the hospital at 6 a.m. “It’s been a good day.”

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