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Bryan County scrimmage shows work to be done
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Dark skies loom at the start of Bryan County's scrimmage against Montgomery County Friday night. The game was completed after about an hour delay due to lightning. - photo by Ted O'Neil

Bryan County was able to complete its football scrimmage against Montgomery County Friday night after about an hour lightning delay, and Coach Allen Cartwright saw just what he wanted to see — what the team needs to work on.

Montgomery County moved down the field easily on its first possession to score a touchdown but failed on the two-point conversion. The Redskins went four-and-out on the next possession and had just dropped Montgomery for a loss when lightning strikes forced the delay.

“I thought we came out really flat but ultimately our defense played really well,” Cartwright said.

Montgomery would not find the end zone again once play resumed. Bryan County scored once and converted the point-after kick for its only score.

“Offensively, I thought we looked really good at times but dropped the ball too many times,” Cartwright said. “Our center/quarterback exchanges resulted in a couple of fumbles.”

Cartwright said an almost entirely new offensive line resulted in some untimely penalties and blown assignments which killed some drives.

“It’s kind of what I expected considering how early it is,” he said. “Our goal is to continue improving each week leading up to the regular season and ultimately peaking once we hit region play.”

Bryan County has another scrimmage scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Savannah Country Day before opening the season at home on Aug. 25 against Beach.

Richmond Hill’s lone scrimmage is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Jenkins. Under Georgia High School Association bylaws, schools that conduct spring practices — as the Wildcats did — are allowed one scrimmage while schools that do not have spring practices can play two scrimmage games.

Be sure to see the 2016 football tab in the Aug. 25 issue of the Bryan County News for more information about the upcoming season.

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