Bryan County High School coach Mark Wilson said he was concerned about his line’s inexperience heading into the season opener Thursday night against visiting Calvary Day.
As it turned out, the big kids up front did just fine.
The Redskins’ offensive line wore down the Cavalier defense and Bryan County pulled away for a 40-29 win in front of a regional TV audience.
“They turned it up in the fourth quarter,” Wilson said of the line. “They really did a great job, kind of wore the other team out a little bit. We’re stronger up there than we’ve ever been and the offensive line just kind of took over. When the whole right side of your line can bench over 300 and both of your backs can bench over 300, that’s not too bad.”
Still, early on it looked as if Calvary’s wide open, no huddle offense might give the Redskins’ defense fits on a humid, hot night.
After Bryan County scored on its first possession, moving 75 yards in 11 plays on a drive capped by a 7-yard pass from junior quarterback Jeremy McClendon to running back Damion Dixon, the Cavaliers answered right back on their second play from scrimmage, a 61-yard touchdown pass from Michael Peterson to Kaliq Hughes.
It didn’t take long for the Redskins to answer. Junior Kajana Dixon took the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown to give Bryan County a 14-7 lead with 3:36 left in the first quarter.
Read full story in Aug. 31 issue of Bryan County News.