Bryan County scored four touchdowns in the first half and never looked back in a 33-14 win at home Thursday night.
Terron Dixon, a sophomore, set the tone for the Redskins when he dropped a Beach ball carrier for no gain on the opening kick-off.
“Terron looked really good at the free safety position,” Redskins Coach Allen Cartwright said. “I was very impressed with the way he looked in his first varsity start.”
After the teams traded punts Bryan County opened the scoring on a rushing touchdown by Willie Lavant. The point-after by Christian Thomas made it 7-0 with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.
Beach fumbled the kick-off and after J.J. Strickland recovered for Bryan County, Markez Bostick scored on second and goal from the two-yard line. Thomas hit the PAT to make it 14-0.
Another Bostick touchdown followed by another Thomas PAT put the Redskins up 21-0 midway through the second quarter.
A Kimonti Murray interception near the goal line that he returned to midfield kept Beach off the scoreboard and Lavant scored his second touchdown on fourth and goal from the three. Bryan County attempted a two-point conversion but quarterback Gage Hagan was tackled out of bounds an inch from the goal line as the first half ended 27-0.
“I was very happy with the way we played in the first half,” Cartwright said. “We looked sharp and we executed well.”
Beach scored once in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter sandwiched around a short touchdown run by Murray.
“We were pretty choppy in the second half but that’s a matter of conditioning,” Cartwright said. “We’ll have to work on it.”
Although the Redskins attempted very few passes, Cartwright said his team is ready to go to a passing game if need be.
“We were successful pounding the ball, so you keep doing that until they stop you,” Cartwright said. “Gage worked on his throwing a lot over the summer, so we’re prepared to do that if we have to.”
Bryan County hosts Windsor Forest at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.