Any chances of Bryan County having a letdown after its season-opening stunner at Lincoln County quickly evaporated Friday night as the Redskins romped to a 51-0 win at Treutlen County.
Despite what Coach Cherard Freeman said was a slow start the Redskins turned in a dominating performance as they led 13-0 after the first quarter, pushed it to 26-0 at the half and cruised home from there.
Austin “Smush” Clemons had another big night as did Tanner Ennis. Quarterback Sean Kelly Hill had a solid night, too, to help the Redskins get off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2013 team opened by winning its first five games.
Bryan County will play its home opener at 8 p.m. this Friday when it takes on Wheeler County (1-1). The start time of the game has been pushed back 30 minutes, Freeman said, due to heat considerations.
“We’re in good shape,” said Freeman regarding dealing with the heat. “Everything we did in the off-season has helped us this fall. We got after it in the summer and got a lot of work done in the weight room and in conditioning. But the heat is still an issue for the players and the fans.
"We're going to take every precaution to make sure conditions are as safe as possible for everyone.”
Wheeler County (1-1) is coming off a 49-6 loss to Toombs County after opening with a 41-7 win over Georgia Military College.
Clemons, who had 181 yards rushing at Lincoln County, ran for a 170-yards on 14 carries which enabled him to surpass the 281 he had in three games last year before he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
The 210-pound senior scored three touchdowns and Ennis, a pre-season all-state selection at defensive back, caught a pair of touchdown passes from Hill including one for 61-yards in which he had a step on the defensive back and Hill hit him in stride.
As big a night as Clemons and Ennis had on offense they were just as effective defensively as they helped the Redskins blank the Vikings for the second straight year.
Ennis had 14 tackles, three for a loss, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. Clemons had nine tackles from his linebacker position with three for a loss and one forced fumble.
While the offense was putting up 375 yards, 278 on the ground, the defense was limiting Treutlen to 80 yards total: 97 passing and minus 17 rushing. The Redskins also forced four turnovers.
“Our offensive line played really well,” Freeman said. “Nathan Long was out. We’re not sure when he’ll be back but we had guys step up.
“The defensive line played well, too. Luke Holcombe had eight tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss and Chris Winfrey had his best game ever with nine tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss. He showed what he’s capable of doing.” In other games involving Region 3A-D1 teams this weekend Metter (1-1) is at Pierce County (1-0), Savannah High (0-2) is at Groves (0-1), Claxton (0-2) is at Hawkinsville (1-1) and Screven County (0-1) is at Westside (0-2).
After facing Treutlen the Redskins will have an open date before going to Portal (2-0). That is shaping up as a big game as the Panthers have opened by blanking Hawkinsville and Twiggs County.