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Depleted by injuries, Redskins fall to Telfair County
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Depleted by injuries with six starters on the sidelines Bryan County could not make up the difference and saw its three-game winning streak snapped by Telfair County, 36-20, Friday night at Redskins Field.

Headlining those missing in action were running back/ middle linebacker Austin Clemens and safety Tanner Ennis who also fills in at running back and wide receiver. Ennis is expected to be out the next two weeks but Clemens is lost for the season due to a knee injury suffered against Portal last week.

Losing the 6-foot-0, 190-pound Clemens is especially difficult for a team looking to its most promising season in several years.

“Clemens is our quarterback for our linebackers and defensive line,” Coach Cherard Freeman said. “Tanner is our field general for our secondary. We lose those two guys and there’s no leaders out there.”

Also out was Jacari Carney who is the Redskins other starting running back. All of this necessitated some shuffling in the backfield. The Redskins had 306 yards on the ground among seven different backs.

Clemens was injured in the first offensive series against Portal having gained 35 yards on five carries. He was coming off a 171-yard, four touchdown performance at Wheeler County.

His absence was especially felt on Bryan County’s first offensive series of the night.

After spotting Telfair a 6-0 lead the Redskins, who had marched 80 yards on their final possession to beat Portal last week, looked to duplicate that feat as they methodically drove the ball down the field.

Bryan County reached the 23-yard line and a measurement showed the ball to be six inches short of the first down. Konnor Leggett ran inside and another measurement showed he had lost six inches.

The Trojans then took over and drove it down the field for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead. They never looked back and built their lead to 29-0 at the half.

“I take responsibility for that call,” Freeman said. “If you had told me we couldn’t get six inches…that’s not us. I know we can get six inches. They made a good defensive play.”

Leggett, who excels on defense, stepped into the breach last week as he had 121 yards and three touchdowns against Portal and he had another good night with 58 yards and an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

The Redskins also got a big lift from basketball standout senior Jordan Flannel who is playing football for the first time. Flannel got into the game with a little over three minutes left in the third quarter and in his first game ever he ran for 84 yards on 10 carries.

“I thought he did really good,” Freeman said. “He made some mistakes, young mistakes. He doesn’t understand the game but that will come with time. We’ll work with him.”

Overall, the Redskins had 315 yards on 65 plays and controlled the ball for 25 minutes. Telfair ran 43 plays but made the most of them as it had 404 yards, 223 rushing.

After Leggett scored to make it 29-6 the Trojans responded with another score. Quarterback Trevor Lanier answered with touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards to set the final score. 

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