By Rob Elliott
A three-touchdown assault in the fourth quarter was not enough to bring the Bryan County Redskins back from a 27-point deficit Friday night against the Calvary Day School Cavaliers. In their final home game of the season, the Redskins endured a narrow 27-20 loss to the Cavaliers to bring their record to 5-2.
On the first play of the game, Bryan County running back Nick Scott broke through the Calvary line for a 34-yard gain and was eager to put early points on the board against the 6-0 Cavaliers. For the next three quarters of play, it would be nothing but frustration for the Redskins ,who accumulated seven penalties for 75 yards.
On top of the penalties, Cavalier quarterback Jake Clemens, passing for 99 yards, troubled the Redskin defense with 22 quarterback keepers amassing 139 rushing yards. More difficulty fell to the Redskins with an injury to freshman quarterback Jeremy McClendon who successfully ran for 20 yards on two quarterback keepers of his own.
With Calvary up 27-0 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Redskin defense put a stop to the Cavalier point monopoly.
Redskin line backer Stephon Fennell with a total of 10 tackles and one tackle for loss and defensive end Ben Gowens with seven tackles, one assist, and two tackles for loss, helped hold the Cavaliers scoreless in the final quarter and paved the way for the Redskins.
Four minutes into the final quarter, the Redskin assault began.
Bryan County quarterback Jacob White connected to wide receiver Mannie Smith for a 29 yard touchdown and Nick Scott, with 78 rushing yards, ran for the successful two point conversion.
With time ticking off the clock, a blocked Cavalier punt allowed Redskin sophomore Stephon Fennell to pick up the ball and reach the one yard line, setting up a pass play -- White to Damion Dixon for the touchdown.
With three minutes remaining in the game, and the time being kept by an official's stopwatch on the field instead of the scoreboard clock, White, with 145 total yards in completions, came alive with a series of quick passes, driving into Cavalier territory.
Another touchdown pass from White to Damion Dixon brought the score to 27-20. After a failed Redskin onside kick, the score would remain in favor of the Cavaliers.
The Redskins will travel to Claxton Friday to face the Tigers at 7:30 pm.