PEMBROKE, GA -- Bryan County lost the football game but may have found a running back.
The Redskins (2-5, 1-3) dropped their Region 3A Public matchup with Jenkins County, 34-14, last Friday night but Coach Cherard Freeman had good things to say about sophomore running back Erin Greene.
Seeing his first action of the season as a running back Greene led Bryan County in rushing with 44 yards and caught one pass to give the Redskins offense a boost in the Homecoming game.
“He wasn’t on our radar last August,” Freeman said. “He played well, and we saw it (Friday’s performance) coming from the way he had played in practice the last two weeks.”
With an open date last week Freeman and his staff had used the extra time to get some players healthy and to take an extended look at several others.
One of those getting a long look was Greene and when given the chance he justified his coach’s confidence.
Bryan County entered the season with Austin Clemens and Jacari Carney as the feature running backs, but they also play defense as does quarterback Sean Kelly Hill.
“We needed to find another running back to give Clemens some relief,” Freeman said. “Clemens is so valuable to us on defense we needed to do something to help lighten his load. “Greene has busted his butt the last two weeks in practice. He’s quick and he has some elusiveness in him. He’s a good fit for our offense.”
Hill, who had played linebacker in middle school before being moved to quarterback last year, also doubles up as a cornerback and he may be playing defense permanently in the final three games of the season.
Freshman Trevor Lanier replaced Hill after the third series of the game and played the rest of the game in his most extensive action of the season.
Sophomore Rob-travious Conley, a 6 foot, 205-pound sophomore, led Jenkins County (3-4, 3-1) as he ran for four touchdowns and 164 yards on 14 carries to lead the War Eagles (3-4, 3-1) who have now locked up one of the region’s four state playoff spots.
The Redskins were down 22-0 before Clemens scored on a 4-yard run with 1:49 to play in the first half.
Clemens then run for the two-point conversion.
The Redskins were unable to generate any sustained drives in the second half until they finally scored when Lanier teamed with Kris Martin from 11 yards out on an untimed play.
On the game’s final play Jenkins County was flagged and Lanier and Martin made the most of the opportunity.
Tanner Ellis, who plays wide receiver and free safety, gave the Redskins defense a lift as he intercepted two passes.
Bryan County will be at home Friday night for a 7:30 game with undefeated and No. 4 Metter (7- 0, 4-0).
Next week the Redskins will be at ECI before ending the season at home against Portal.