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Bryan County football game Friday or Saturday at Metter
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Bryan County defenders swarm a Benedictine ball carrier in their Sept. 30 home game. - photo by Ted O'Neil

The Bryan County football team knows it has a game at Metter this week, but it has not been determined yet if it will be Friday or Saturday.

“I requested that we push it back to Saturday to give us extra time,” Redskins Coach Allen Cartwright said. “We’re still waiting on word from the GHSA.”

Cartwright said he still has players who have not returned from evacuation and others who have been highly impacted by Hurricane Matthew’s impact.

“We’ve got guys who still don’t have power or water,” he said Wednesday morning. “They’re dealing with a lot.”

Cartwright said the team had its first practice in nearly a week on Tuesday.

“Football at least is an outlet to take their minds off things for a while,” he said. “They were excited to be around each other again.”

Bryan County’s game was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Metter. The Tigers are 1-4 overall and 0-3 in Region 2-AA. The Redskins are 2-3, 1-2.

“They’ve got some very good players, including one of the top running backs in the area,” Cartwright said. “They have very good team speed.”

Bryan County and the rest of Region 2-AA had a bye last week, meaning it did not lose a game as it did Sept. 2 when a home game with Windsor Forest was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Hermine. That game will not be made up as it was not a region game.

The time off has helped the Redskins get healthy. Cartwright said ankle and shoulder injuries to Kimonti Murray and Malik Bostick are healing, and Terron Dixon went through the concussion protocol after the Sept. 30 game against Benedictine. All three are expected to play against Metter.

“It’s less than ideal circumstances, but we’ll show up and play no matter what,” Cartwright said.

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