The Bryan County Redskins will travel to Brooklet on Friday to face a Southeast Bulloch team looking for its first win of the young season.
However, BCHS head coach Allen Cartwright’s focus is on his own team, which also will enter the game with an 0-2 record.
“We are going to continue to work on ourselves and not worry about who our opponent is,” Cartwright said.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Southeast Bulloch’s Fred Shaver Field.
Following an open date on the schedule, Bryan County fell 13-7 last Friday at Claxton in the first of three-consecutive road games. The Redskins showed improvement from their season-opening 16-0 loss to Metter, but not enough to avert a second-straight defeat.
Freshman DeVontae Anderson was the Redskins’ leading rusher with 75 yards on 12 carries. Kimonti Murray scored on a 23-yard run, and Christian Thomas followed with the extra point on the lone BCHS touchdown drive.
“We executed better offensively, and I think our quarterback (Gage Hagan) played with more composure than he did in the first game,” Cartwright said. “Our special teams also showed improvement.”
Along with his touchdown run on offense, Murray made six tackles on defense. Dominique Mock was credited with a team-high 15 tackles, including 10 solos, Markus Johnson finished with 10 tackles and Quran George added six tackles and blocked a Claxton field goal attempt.
Southeast Bulloch will look to tighten its defense after allowing 524 yards and 22 first downs in a 37-13 loss to South Effingham last Friday at home.
The Yellow Jackets closed the score to 23-13 midway through the third quarter, but South Effingham held on fourth down and recovered a fumble on the next two Southeast Bulloch possessions. The Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring a 51-yard touchdown on the first play after the recovered fumble.
SEB finished with 215 yards of offense after being held to 64 in the first half. It was a drop-off from the Yellow Jackets’ offensive output in the season opener, a 40-35 loss to Pierce County.
“Southeast Bulloch has a strong running game and they are very physical,” Cartwright said. “They will be a tough opponent.”
Bryan County and Southeast Bulloch met under similar circumstances last season. Both were 0-2, with their losses coming to the same opponents they have faced so far this year.
The Redskins won that matchup 10-7, sparking a run of five wins in seven games to clinch a playoff berth. Southeast Bulloch missed the playoffs last season, finishing 5-5 after an 0-4 start.