The Savannah Country Day Hornets stung the Bryan County Redskins 21-20 on Friday night in a Region 3-A football game in Pembroke. The loss puts the Redskins at 0-4 overall and 0-1 in Region play. The Redskins have lost these four games by a combined 14 points, but moral victories are not what get you to the state playoffs.
"I am disappointed in tonight’s loss," Bryan County coach Ron Lewis said, "especially because they (Savannah Country Day), didn’t do anything we didn’t expect. We just don’t have enough guys stepping up and making plays when they need to be made. We have to quit making mistakes and hurting ourselves, and need to find some more leaders that can help us win these close games."
The Redskins won the toss to start the game, but deferred to go on offense until the second half.
The Hornets first possession ended with a punt which pinned the Redskins on their own 10 yard line to start their first series of downs, but the Redskin offense had to punt the ball after failing to get a first down.
After getting the ball on the Redskins’ 38 yard line, Savannah Country Day moved the ball down to the 12 yard line and with 5:24 left in the first quarter, scored the game’s first touchdown and the extra point kick was good.
The Redskins never could mount much of an offensive surge in the first quarter, which was also plagued by Redskins penalties.
The second quarter started with the Hornets on the Redskins’ 17 yard line. A pass play with 11:11 left in the first half was good for the Hornets second touchdown of the night and another successful extra point put the Hornets ahead by 14.
The Redskins offensive inconsistencies continued and allowed the Hornets to get the ball and move down to Bryan County’s six yard line and the Hornet’s quarterback, Craig Novack, scampered for their third touchdown.
The extra point was good and with 5:48 left in the half the Hornets took a 21-0 lead. Bryan County took over and started to mount some offensive surge just before halftime with some determined running by Ivey Mutcherson,
Justin Bostick and Willie Harris had the ball on the Hornets 12 yard line when quarterback D. J. McElroy ran a keeper into the end zone for a touchdown.
The 2-point conversion was no good and the first half ended with the Hornets leading 21-6.
A much more motivated Redskins team came out for the second half and with a defense led by Bostick, Deandre Walker, and Harris was able to hold the Hornets scoreless while the Redskins offense tacked on another six points with a 53 yard foot race to the end zone by the speedy Mutcherson.
The 2-point conversion failed, but the Redskins were picking up momentum and pulled within 21-12.
The fourth quarter started with Savannah Country Day recovering two of their own fumbles and their offense sputtering and the Redskins defense bringing pressure.
The Redskins running game was consistent enough to mount what ended up being their last scoring drive of the game, which was capped when Mutcherson scored from 27 yards out with 6:35 seconds remaining in the game. The 2-point try came up short.