Bethune-Bowman touchdown catch

Bethune-Bowman senior wide receiver Fred Sweeper comes down with a touchdown catch against North during Thursday's game at Bethune-Bowman High School. The Mohawks shut out the Eagles, 52-0, to move to 3-0 this season. See more photos at TheT&D.com.

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BOWMAN - The Mohawks of Bethune-Bowman became the first football team in The T&D Region to push its record to 3-0 on Thursday night, with a 52-0 home shut out of North in a non-region game.

The contest was rescheduled and played a day early, with the possibility of strong thunderstorms in the forecast for Friday night.

Bethune-Bowman, a playoff team in 2016, continued to show signs of an improving program with talent on both sides of the ball. It was their second consecutive shutout, having won 22-0 against Denmark-Olar a week ago.

"Our kids, especially defensively, played well all night," Bethune-Bowman head coach Ken Tucker said. "We were much more aggressive than we were the first two games.

"We tackled well all night."

North, meanwhile, saw its statewide longest losing skid go to 27 games. The Eagles are now 0-2 this season.

Bethune-Bowman junior quarterback Braxton Wedgeworth passed 6-for-10 for 141 yards, 3 touchdown passes, a 2-point conversion pass and a 2-point conversion run.

Senior tailback Makiah Simmons had 10 carries for 137 yards, 2 touchdown runs and two 2-point conversion runs.

In the first quarter, Simmons scored on a 9-yard run, then added the conversion run.

Later in the quarter, Tyshawn Starkes caught a pass from Wedgeworth for a 45-yard touchdown. The run failed, but the Mohawks were up 14-0.

In the second quarter, Jesus Benjamin ran in a 25-yard touchdown, and then he ran in the conversion for a 22-0 lead.

Later in the period, Fred Sweeper caught a 30-yard scoring pass from Wedgeworth. Simmons added the conversion run for a 30-0 lead.

Then, before the half, Simmons added a 38-yard touchdown run, before the conversion pass fell short for a 36-0 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, Benjamin ran in a 32-yard touchdown, after which Wedgeworth added the conversion run for a 44-0 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Jarrell Brown caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Wedgeworth. Benjamin converted the 2-point run for the 52-0 final.

North will return to action next Friday, Sept. 8, playing host to C.A. Johnson at 7:30 p.m. That same night, Bethune-Bowman will play another non-region game at its third straight Region 3A opponent, Wagener-Salley (2-0) at 7:30 p.m.

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL

Holly Hill Academy 3

Calhoun Academy 0

The Holly Hill Academy Lady Raiders took a 3-0 win against Calhoun Academy in non-region volleyball action on Thursday.

HHA won by set scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-12.

Leading the Lady Raiders was Tara Bilton with 8 kills, 7 aces and 22 receptions, Maelee Troutman with 6 kills, 2 aces and 14 receptions, and Brooke Fennessy with 5 kills, 5 aces and 18 receptions.

The Lady Raiders are now 3-1 overall (1-0 in Region 3-A) and will play again on Tuesday at Andrew Jackson Academy at 5 p.m.

Orangeburg-Wilkinson 3

Branchville 0

BRANCHVILLE - In Branchville on Thursday, the Lady Yellow Jackets (6-4) were defeated in straight sets by Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 3 - 0, with set scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19.

BHS was led by Kelsey Kinard with 11 kills and 1 block, Lynasia Fleder with 5 kills, 13 digs, Abby Funchess with 15 assists, 4 kills, and Madison Leggett with 25 receptions, 18 digs, and 2 kills.

Branchville plays host to Colleton County on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

COLLEGE SPORTS

S.C. State cross country

teams to open season

at USC on Saturday

– The South Carolina State men's and women's cross country teams will open the 2017 campaign Saturday (9-2-17) at the Carolina Challenge, hosted by the University of South Carolina at the Sandhill Research and Education Center.

The meet, one of six SC State will compete in this season, gets underway at 9 a.m. with the women's 5K. The men's 5K will follow at 9:30 a.m.

Claflin cross country

opens 2017 campaign

at USC on Saturday

- For the third straight season, the Claflin University men’s and women’s cross-country teams will open their season at the USC Gamecock Carolina Challenge in Columbia.

The meet is set for this Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Sandhill REC course in Columbia, S.C. and will feature other teams from the region.

Both Panther teams will be back in action next Saturday, Sept. 8, when they travel to Conway to participate in the Coastal Carolina Cross-Country Invitational.

JV VOLLEYBALL

Orangeburg-Wilkinson 2

Branchville 1

BRANCHVILLE - In JV action on Thursday, Orangeburg-Wilkinson took a 2-1 win against the JV Lady Jackets (4-1 record).

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Felton Lab 3

Clark Middle 0

Felton Laboratory took a 3-0 win over Clark Middle School to open its season on Thursday, getting set wins of 25-7, 25-19 and 25-5.

Felton Lab (1-0) plays at Edisto Middle School on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Branchville 3

Howard 0

Branchville Lady Jackets B team volleyball defeated Howard 3-0 with scores of 25-15, 25-17, and 25-18 on Thursday.

The leading scorer for the Lady Jackets was Emily Heape with 18 points, 11 aces, 3 kills, and 6 assists. Maggie Bonnette also scored 16 points with 8 aces. Gracen Harris led the team with 6 kills.

The Lady Jackets (1-0) will host Felton on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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