Bryan County Coach Cherard Freeman believes his young team is much improved from the one that opened the season against Butler.
However, the Redskins were not improved enough to hang with a bigger, stronger Emanuel County Institute team and wound up dropping a 42-12 decision Friday night at Redskins Field.
It was the 25th straight loss for Bryan County dating back to the 2018 season when it beat Long County in the second game of the season.
“We’ll be stronger and older next year,” Freeman said. “We’ll beat someone. I think we have the makings of a good football team down the road.”
The Redskins (0-8, 0-6 Region 3-A Private) thought they would get a shot at pulling off a win next week when they were to play at winless Portal but that game has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
It marks the third game this season the Redskins have lost due to the pandemic. They had games at Southeast Bulloch and Claxton called off after they had lost games against Chatham County schools Johnson and Savannah High before the season even began.
Freshman running back Jacari Carney and senior running back Roshaad Godwin gave Bryan County fans something to cheer about on a night that turned out to be perfect for football after this past week’s heavy rains.
Emanuel County, which had 410 yards rushing on the night along with 116 yards passing, led 21-0 at the half and took the second half kickoff and drove 64 yards in only four plays.
Carney then sent a jolt of electricity through the stands when he took the ensuing kickoff at his 17, started up the middle, saw an opening that allowed him to get to the sideline and then simply outran the Bulldogs. It was the freshman’s first high school touchdown.
Another freshman, backup quarterback Ethan Trombley, got his first score, too, when he bulled his way into the end zone from 9 yards out with 27 seconds to play. Trombley carried two Bulldogs the final four yards.
Godwin made his final game one to remember as he had 98 hard-earned yards and his 53-yard run set up Trombley’s score. It was the longest run of the year for the Redskins.
Daquan Jones had 160 yards and two touchdowns for ECI and Davion Edmonds added 110 as nine different backs ran the ball for the Bulldogs.
“They just wore us down,” Freeman said. “We were down only 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. That was the best first quarter we had for the season.
“We just hurt ourselves with mistakes,” Freeman said. “We had two good drives and on one we had a fumble that put us behind the chains. On the other one we scored.”
Bryan County finished the night with 158 yards total offense, all rushing. Quarterback Sean Kelly Hill attempted only two passes and both were incomplete.