On one of the hottest, most humid nights in recent lowcountry football history, the Hanahan Hawks welcomed the Bamberg Ehrhardt squad to town for the season opener of the 2002 football season. Game time temperatures hoovered at near 90 and the humidity was over 70 percent.
Hanahan standout RB/LB Marcus Howard rushed 8 times for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns and also recorded 8 tackles. Hanahan scored first in the second quarter on a 35 yard run by Howard to make it 6-0, the extra point was no good.
Late in the second quarter Bamberg's QB Trey Johnson found Justin Breland for a 30 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 6-6, the extra point was blocked. Both teams traded possession in the third quarter and midway through the fourth Marcus scored on a 39 yard run to make it 13-6.
After forcing Bamberg to punt on the next possession Henry Richardson scored on a 36 yard run to finish off the scoring at 20-6.
The Hanahan defense forced 4 turnovers on the night. Tyrell Palmer led the way by intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble, Jones Kinloch and Scott Broughton also intercepted a pass.
The heat played a major factor in this game. The coaches spent a lot of time making sure that players stayed hydrated. In the end the war of attrition went to the Hawks. Congratulation Hanahan on your first win of the 2002 season. Hanahan is at Stall this Friday at 8pm and Bamberg Ehrhardt is at Denmark Olar.
Thanks to Coach Greg Hall of Hanahan for providing details for this story.