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BCHS football takes a hit at Montgomery
Lady 'Skins loose in Savannah
Taylor Stanfield covers third from the outfield while third baseman Bridget Bacon makes the throw to tag a Metter runner. - photo by Photo by Michele Seger
It was a classic matchup between the top two teams in Region 3A on Sept. 8 when Bryan County High traveled to Savannah Christian to play a rainout game. But the Lady ‘Skins probably wished it had rained again as the Lady Raiders came away with a 6-5 region win.
The Lady Raiders, 12-5, 6-0 and the current No. 4 rank in the State Coaches’ Poll, seem to have the Lady ‘Skins’ number when it comes to these two teams. Although Bryan County came from behind to tie the game up at 5-5 in the fifth inning, Savannah Christian was able to push across one more run in the latter innings to send the Redskins back to Pembroke with a crucial 6-5 region loss.
Bryan County, 12-5, 5-1 and ranked No. 5, didn’t help themselves in this game as five of the nine positions found players making an error. And against a solid team like Savannah Christian, errors will always come back to haunt you.
“We have a mental hurdle that we must learn to overcome when playing these guys,” said Redskins’ coach Al Butler. “We have lost five games this season, and every loss has been to a top 10 state-ranked team. On one hand that sounds good to hear, but on the other hand it means we are not fundamentally ready to compete for a state championship.”
Butler saw a totally different team take the field in the next game as his girls had fire in their eyes and a determination he has not seen in his team this year.
On Sept. 9, the Lady ‘Skins hosted Metter and took care of their softball business, coming away a 9-0 winner behind the one-hit pitching of Tiffany Howard, who struck out nine of 16 Metter batters.
Bryan County also found a barrage of offensive power as Howard, Bridget Bacon and Jerri Hines each pounded two-run homers over the fence to solidify the win.
“As disappointing as the loss to Savannah Christian was the day before, it looks as if it may have been the right medicine for this bunch at this point in our season.” Butler said.
Bryan County was to be in region action again on Tuesday in an away game in Claxton.  Then the Savannah Christian Lady Raiders invade Pembroke for a highly anticipated region rematch on Thursday with game time at 5 p.m. The Redskins will spend the weekend in Chattanooga, Tenn., playing tournament ball.

First-year head football coach Mark Wilson knew coming into the season that he was inheriting a young, inexperienced team and that there were going to be some growing pains along the way. Players would have to learn not only how to play the game of high school football, but also face the challenge of absorbing a new offensive scheme compared to previous Bryan County teams.
With two losses already in the books in the early football season, the Bryan County gridiron boys boarded the bus to Montgomery County on Friday to take on Montgomery County, who was also winless. Montgomery County was able to pick up a 13-0 win as Bryan County continued to have trouble in crucial areas of the game.
“We continue to struggle on offense in the area of execution,” Wilson said. “We seem to have at least one player making a mistake on each play that prohibits us from establishing any offensive consistency. We are not able to run the ball, and we have to be able to do that. Our defense is playing pretty solid and well enough to win if we could just get some offense going.”
With the score 13-0 at halftime, the Redskins shut down Montgomery County in the second half but battled poor field position in the f to come home with their third loss of the season.
Bryan County will have a bye week this week and will be in action again on Friday, Sept. 24, when they travel to Glascock County. The following week, the Hornets of Savannah Country Day will come to Pembroke on Oct. 1 for a home game.
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