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Bryan County falls to Metter in season opener
Bryan County linebacker Nathaniel Van Ryswyk tracks down Metter's Shamel Johnson on a second-quarter carry. Van Ryswyk tackled Johnson for a 2-yard loss on the play. - photo by Photo by Paul Floecker

Metter spoiled Allen Cartwright’s debut as Bryan County head coach with a 16-0 shutout of BCHS on Friday at Redskins Stadium.

The Tigers converted a pair of Bryan County turnovers into second-half touchdowns after leading 3-0 at halftime.

Antraveious Howard ran for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal after the Redskins lost a fumble on their first possession of the second half. Alex Dekle returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"We're very young on offense, and it showed tonight," Cartwright said. "We've got a long way to go. I thought we played well defensively."

Bryan County committed four turnovers in the game, and five other possessions ended in three-and-outs. The Redskins managed just 68 yards of offense.

Markez Bostick led BCHS with 15 carries for 47 yards. Willie Lavant (5 carries) and YaDevrn Eason (7 carries) each rushed for 20 yards, but the Redskins gained zero yards passing and lost 30 yards on sacks, fumbles and botched snaps.

The Bryan County defense allowed only 185 yards and one touchdown. T.C. Pippen intercepted a pass to end Metter's first drive, and the Redskins stopped three other Metter possessions when the Tigers went for it on fourth down.

The Redskins are off next week before facing Claxton on Sept. 4 in the first of three straight road games.

"The good thing about it is we've got some really stout-hearted kids who work hard," Cartwright said. "They'll come out and they'll keep working hard. We'll be OK. We'd like to be a lot further along than where we are, that's for sure, but we'll get better."

For more, see Thursday’s Bryan County News.

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