2006-11-17 / Sports

Skyhawks fly into championship game

Story and Photos By Mike Maddock Mike@TheColumbiaStar.com

Story and PhotosBy Mike MaddockMike@TheColumbiaStar.com

Hammond's Jarry Kuilian rushed 22 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. In an earlier season match-up with Augusta Christian, Kuilian rushed 25 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He has 1,524 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns this year.
Hammond's Jarry Kuilian rushed 22 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. In an earlier season match-up with Augusta Christian, Kuilian rushed 25 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He has 1,524 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns this year.

The Hammond Skyhawks had the ball ten times in a SCISA 3A playoff semifinal match-up with the Wilson Hall Barons Friday, November 10, 2006. The Skyhawks scored five touchdowns and a field goal with those ten possessions to defeat the Barons 37-12 and earn a trip to the state title game in Orangeburg Friday November 17.

The Skyhawks may have scored more, but Robert Simmons' punt return for a touchdown on their second possession of the game was called back. In the third quarter, Jarry Kuilian's 40-yard touchdown romp was also called back due to a holding call. This penalty only delayed the Skyhawks' next score an additional five minutes. Other than that, Hammond was about as close to flawless as it gets. The score was 37--0 one minute into the fourth quarter.

Hammond cheerleaders: Top (l-r) Jennifer Hubbard, Caroline Wilson and Caroline Neuffer.  Bottom: Group 1 (l-r) Kimberly Pueblo, Babs Benesh and Ferris Kennette; Group 2 (l-r) Charlotte Walker and Sarah DeBruhl; and Group 3 (l-r) Anna Beth Lowrey, Caitlin Floyd and Ali Dench.
Hammond cheerleaders: Top (l-r) Jennifer Hubbard, Caroline Wilson and Caroline Neuffer. Bottom: Group 1 (l-r) Kimberly Pueblo, Babs Benesh and Ferris Kennette; Group 2 (l-r) Charlotte Walker and Sarah DeBruhl; and Group 3 (l-r) Anna Beth Lowrey, Caitlin Floyd and Ali Dench. The Barons put together two drives of 78 and 65-yards in the fourth quarter culminating in touchdown runs of three and 45 yards by Zach Graham, but the two attempts at two-point conversions were each unsuccessful.

Hammond head coach Erik Kimrey used a powerful running game and a deep passing game to keep the Barons guessing all night. On the Skyhawks' opening drive, receiver Rashad Ishmael caught two passes for 52-yards, and running back Jarry Kuilian rushed five times for 30 yards and a touchdown. The PAT failed.

The Skyhawks' third possession of the game at the start of the second quarter was a sign of things to come for the Barons. Facing a third and ten from the Hammond 47-yard line, quarterback Punky DaSilva found Mac Felmly for a 13-yard gain. On the next play DaSilva dropped back and lofted a perfect pass to Ishmael who streaked down the right side line for a 40-yard touchdown. Kuilian ran in the two-point conversion.

Hammond receiver Rashad Ishmael had 10 receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns against Wilson Hall. He has 75 receptions, 1,601 yards, and 19 touchdowns this year.
Hammond receiver Rashad Ishmael had 10 receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns against Wilson Hall. He has 75 receptions, 1,601 yards, and 19 touchdowns this year. Kimrey seemed to like the effectiveness of the deep ball, because on the Skyhawks' next possession DaSilva hurled a pass to Robert Simmons, but it sailed just out of his reach. Undeterred, Kimrey called Ishmael's number again, this time down the middle of the field. Wilson Hall's Davis Boyle appeared to have perfect coverage on Ishmael, grabbing DaSilva's long pass for an apparent interception, but Ishmael snatched the ball from Boyle in stride and raced to the end zone for the Skyhawks' third touchdown of the night. Kicker Joseph Zemp added the extra point and a field goal just before the end of the first half for Hammond making the score 24-0.

The Barons couldn't muster much offense until the game was well out of reach. Their first seven possessions generated a total of 64 yards, three first downs, no points, and seven punts. The Barons only crossed midfield once to the Hammond 48-yard line. Davis Boyle finally broke loose on a 41-yard reverse play to the Hammond 34 with about nine minutes remaining in the game.

Hammond quarterback Punky DaSilva was 14/18 for 285 yards and two touchdowns against Wilson Hall. He has 2,706 yards passing, 25 touchdowns, and   nine  interceptions this year.
Hammond quarterback Punky DaSilva was 14/18 for 285 yards and two touchdowns against Wilson Hall. He has 2,706 yards passing, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions this year. The Skyhawks will face the Augusta Christian Lions, the defending SCISA 3A champions, for the title at 7:30 pm Friday, November 17 at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium on the campus of SC State University in Orangeburg.

In an earlier season match-up on October 27 at Hammond, the Skyhawks beat the Lions 21-6 in a driving rain storm. In that game, Jarry Kuilian rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Rashad Ishmael caught nine passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Bailey and Carter Scott each had 19 tackles, and James Walker and Will Patterson each had a sack. Walker Inabinet had an interception and a fumble recovery. The Skyhawk defense allowed the Lions' powerful ground attack a mere 85 yards rushing.

Hammond captains Carter Scott (11) and Chris Daniels (50). Scott anchors a defense yielding 199 yards and 11 points per game, and Daniels leads an offensive  line which has the Skyhawks averaging 386.5 yards and 33 points per game.
Hammond captains Carter Scott (11) and Chris Daniels (50). Scott anchors a defense yielding 199 yards and 11 points per game, and Daniels leads an offensive line which has the Skyhawks averaging 386.5 yards and 33 points per game.

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