LUDOWICI — A big first half catapulted Bryan County to a 42-25 win over Long County on Friday in Region 2-AA football action.
The Redskins scored on four of five first-half possessions to take a 22-point lead in at the half and never looked back in claiming their fourth win in a row.
On Bryan County’s second possession, Devante Anderson scored on a 3-yard run, followed by a successful point-after conversion by Christian Thomas.
After the kickoff Long County struck back with quarterback Brendon Scott hooking up with wide receiver Tariq Carpenter for a 65-yard touchdown. Tripp Stapleton’s kick was no good, making the score 7-6 Bryan County.
Over the remainder of the first half the Redskins offense pounded the ball between the tackles dominating the half. Markus Johnson scored from 4 yards out, and Anderson punched it in from 8 yards. Thomas put both conversion attempts through the uprights, making the score 21-6.
It looked like the Blue Tide was going to be able to narrow the gap before the break, but Scott’s pass was picked off by T.C. Pippen. With the ball at his own 45-yard line and only four seconds until halftime, Redskin quarterback Gage Hagan threw the only pass his team would attempt for the entire game — a 65-yard touchdown to Pippen. After a successful conversion, Bryan County was up 28-6 at the break.
On Bryan County’s second possession of the second half, the Redskins’ offense once again was pounding the ball down the field with a near-perfect running attack. They moved the ball to the Long County 10 and were on the verge of scoring, but Bryan County lost a fumble to stop the drive.
Long County marched down the field, with Scott capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
On the ensuing kickoff, Anderson took it to the house for another touchdown, and with the point-after conversion, the Redskins were up 35-12.
Long County got a touchdown back on the next drive off a 19-yard run by Harrison. However, Anderson responded with his fourth touchdown of the night.
Harrison later scored his second touchdown of the game.
Bryan County improved to 5-4 overall and 5-1 in the region, while Long County fell to 3-6 and 1-4, respectively, and was eliminated from playoff contention.
The Redskins wrap up the regular season next Friday with a home game against Vidalia.