COLUMBIA, S.C. (WTOC) -Thomas Heyward won their second consecutive state football title game, beating Bethesda Academy in the SCISA 1A Title game 30-6 Saturday at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.
The Rebels lost to Bethesda earlier in October 28-16.
This puts Thomas Heyward at 11-2 for the season- this was their ninth football title in school history.
“Just super proud of these guys, and the effort they gave all year and battling through some adversity and so, a lot of people gave up on us after we lost two games and they dug down and bonded together and came back and won the ultimate game," said Thomas Heyward Head Coach Nic Shuford.
Bethesda finished with a 10-2 record.
“It’s been an amazing year, our guys have worked extremely hard, we’re very proud of them. It’s not the outcome we were looking for in the end, but we’re one step closer than we were last year, you know, start of the season we were 15 guys. Ending with 25, I thought we did great things with little," Bethesda’s Head Coach, Antwain Turner told WTOC.
In a rainy affair later in the day, Hilton Head Christian Academy fell to Trinity-Byrnes in the Class 2A Championship game in overtime, by a final score of 55-49. The Eagles finish 2019 with an 11-2 overall record.
“They don’t quit. I’ve had a couple of state championship teams and this team by far has the biggest heart of a lion and I’m just so proud of their effort- every single one of them," said HHCA Head Football Coach, Rod Peduzzi.