In one of the most anticipated seasons in several years Bryan County football fans will get their first look at this year’s Redskins on Friday night when they host Jenkins County at 7:30 p.m. in a pre-season scrimmage game.
Hoping to build off of last year’s 6-5 season which saw the Redskins reach the post-season for the first time in seven years the game will mark, among other things, the return of Austin Clemons who suffered a season ending injury against Portal in the fourth game of the season.
At the time of his injury Clemons, who plays both running back and linebacker, was Bryan County’s leading rusher and tackler.
The game will also give Coach Cherard Freeman, who is starting his fourth season, a chance to take a look at Sean Kelly Hill at quarterback.
Hill was the Redskins’ starting quarterback as a freshman and early in his sophomore year before then freshman Trevor Lawrence was moved into the starting lineup with Hill moving to wide receiver in addition to playing cornerback.
Lawrence started every game last year as a sophomore but Freeman is looking to develop depth at the position. Hill, an all-region second baseman in baseball and key reserve on the basketball team, is more of a run threat than Lawrence and in a recent 7-on-7 passing drill session against Warren County showed he is more than a capable passer.
Prior to the football game the Redskins softball team will open its season at 5:30 p.m. at home against Wheeler County.
Richmond Hill’s softball team will also open its season on Friday when it takes on Long County at 3 p.m. at Duval Henderson Park. The Wildcats are coming off a 9-17 season which saw them lose in the opening round of the Class 7A state playoffs.
The Wildcats football team, which opens the season on Aug. 18 at Effingham County, will play Glynn County in a pre-season scrimmage game at 7 p.m. at Wildcats Stadium on Aug. 11.