Thoughts of last year’s loss to Hanahan fueled Timberland’s players during practice all week.
On Friday, they got their shot at revenge against the rival Hawks and erased memories of that blowout loss with a 25-14 victory over the Hawks.
“We talked all week about how we got embarrassed last year,” Timberland coach Art Craig said. “It was probably our worst loss since I’ve been here.”
Hanahan, which snapped a 10-game losing skid in the series with a 41-0 romp in 2013, turned the ball over three times and missed a short field goal in falling to 0-2.
Timberland’s defense set the tone in the first half, getting a pair of Shamel Williams interceptions to help build an 18-7 lead at halftime. Joseph Moultrie’s 1-yard plunge gave the Wolves a 6-0 lead and, later, Ryan Hood hooked up with Darelle Pressley on a 20-yard touchdown pass after Williams’ second interception to make it 18-7.
Craig said the Wolves switched base defenses from a four-man front to a 3-5 in the middle of the week to give their athletes more chances to make plays. Drake Campbell also had an interception for the Wolves.
“It allows us to get athletes all over the field and run,” Craig said. “I thought they bent some but didn’t break a whole lot. I thought with all those skill receivers they’ve got our secondary did a great job.”
Timberland’s other touchdown in the first half was a 1-yard run on a fourth-down play from Daniel Robinson.
Pressley’s 8-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 25-7.
For Hanahan, Sam Denmark hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Walt Fagan to make it 7-6 in the first quarter. But the Hawks didn’t score again until Vontre Howard’s 12-yard run with better than four minutes left.
Hanahan (0-2) hosts Bishop England Friday, while Timberland travels to Cross.