It’s not nice to be a bully but there are exceptions.
One of those exceptions is football and when it comes to playing the game Bryan County football coach Cherard Freeman doesn’t mind being a bully.
That’s what the No. 9 Redskins were last Friday night when they bullied Claxton en route to a 50-0 win in finishing 9-1, 4-0 in Region 3A-D1.
Bryan County imposed its will – as it did to eight other teams this season – upon the Tigers as it rolled up 454 yards total offense, 445 on the ground, in putting an exclamation point on the best season in school history.
“That’s what we try to do, impose our will on the other team,” Freeman said. “One game they got us, the Telfair game. They imposed their will on us.”
“They leaned on us, they beat up on us, they made us stronger,” Freeman said. “So that’s where we got better. Our boys came back that (following) Monday and worked harder.”
“I think it made them work harder just because of the fact they got beat like that. Telfair did a great job that night.”
The Redskins had opened the season with four straight wins and just been ranked for the first time ever when the AJC had them at No. 10 in the Class A-D1 rankings. The Trojans, however, pulled off a 16-7 non-region win despite a 184-yard rushing night by Austin Clemons and 17 tackles by Tanner Ennis.
The rout of the Tigers gives Bryan County a five-game winning streak going into Friday night’s 7 p.m. home game with East Laurens (3-7) in the opening round of the Class A-D1 state playoffs.
Seven of the nine wins have come by double digits with the exceptions being an eight-point win at Portal, and a one-win victory at Metter. The defense posted a school record four shutouts.
With the region championship in hand, it would have been easy for the Redskins to have a letdown but unfortunately for Claxton it didn’t happen.
Bryan County was focused and prepared and it showed as it led 14-0 after running only five plays thanks to a 39-yard scoring run by Clemons and a 48-yard touchdown dash by Erin Greene.
That was the beginning of an onslaught which produced a 41-0 halftime lead. When Jacari Carney went 60 yards on the first play of the second half while Freeman, who had started substituting freely in the second quarter, called off the dogs. The game was played with a running clock in the second half.
Clemons finished with 113 yards and three touchdowns on six carries while Carney had a pair of scores with six rushes for 95 yards as 11 different players combined for 30 rushing attempts. Claxton had 39 yards on 24 plays with 26 of those coming on a second quarter run by Jontarrus Calhoun.
Quarterback Sean Kelly Hill completed one of two passes for nine yards while Anndreas McKinney added a 4-yard touchdown run and the defense got a safety in the fourth quarter. The Redskins wound up averaging 14.2 yards per play while limiting Claxton too.
BRYAN COUNTY 50, CLAXTON 0
CLAXTON 0 0 0 0 – 0
BRYAN COUNTY 20 21 7 2 – 50
BC: Austin Clemons 39 run (Cooper Ennis kick)
BC: Erin Greene 48 run (kick failed)
BC: Clemons 33 run (C. Ennis kick)
BC: Jacari Carney 10 run (kick failed)
BC: Clemons 14 run (Sean Kelly Hill run)
BC: Anddreas Mckinny 4 run (C. Ennis kick)
BC: Carney 60 run (C. Ennis kick)