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Redskins pound Jenkins County
Win keeps Bryan County playoff hopes alive
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MILLEN – The Bryan County Redskins hit the road again Friday night as they headed to Jenkins County to take on the Jenkins High School Eagles and came home with a 26-6 Region 3A victory. The win keeps the Redskins' playoff hopes alive with a 2-2 region record.  Bryan County is 3-5 overall.
Bryan Countys' defense held the Eagles to zero points for their first shutout of the year. The Eagles lone touchdown came by an interception on the Redskins' 16-yard line after a Bryan County pass play with 10:23 left in the second quarter.
" I am so proud of these boys tonight, they overcame some obstacles in the injury department again this week, and they shut down a good, explosive team that is more athletic than ECI, they just don't have the size up front like ECI,” Bryan County Coach Ron Lewis said. " It was good to see our defense get a shutout and tonight was the first time we executed a defensive gameplan like we were supposed to."
Leading the way this night on defense was a host of players led by senior linebacker Tyler Burgstiner, who ended the night with 8 tackles, including 2 tackles for losses. Justin Bostick added 6 tackles while Deandre Walker, Willie Harris and Jarell Paulk each contributed with 4 tackles each.
 After the Eagles scored off the turnover in the second quarter, the offense of Bryan County came alive and mounted a drive from their own 20, which was highlighted when quarterback D.J. McElroy faked a handoff and ran a bootleg around the left side that found him with nothing but 58 wide open yards into the endzone for a touchdown with 6:45 on the second quarter clock.
The 2-point conversion attempt failed and the ballgame was notched a 6-6.
Jenkins County wasted no time in marching right back down the field after getting the ball and moved from their own 35 down to the Redskins' 18, but the stingy Bryan County defense forced a fourth down field goal attempt which sailed wide left and gave the Redskins' the ball back with 1:47 remaining until halftime.
With the ball at their own 20, Bryan County quickly found themselves at the Eagles' 42-yard line from a 38-yard dash by Ivey Mutcherson. With no times out left, Bryan County faced a fourth and 11, but the half ended before a play could be ran.
The second half saw a fired up Redskins team hitting the field and after a 3 and out by Jenkins County on its first possession of the second half, the Redskins had the ball at the Eagles' 28 and continued to pound out their yardage with the running game, which is their bread and butter. Fullback Justin Bostick continued to be the workhorse of the running game all night , and had pounded the ball from the Eagles' 21-yard line down to their 4 with tacklers still on his back. Mutcherson then punched it across the goal line to give the Redskins' a 12-6 lead. The 2-point conversion was no good.
 A very athletic Eagles team never seemed to overcome penalties after big gains, and once again they stalled a drive and gave Bryan County the ball. From their own 38, the Redskins mounted another drive with several first downs, produced once again on the shoulders of Bostick and Deandre Walker, and Redskins' fans saw Walker punch it over from 3 yards out for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion was good this time as McElroy sprinted around left end and jumped over two Eagle defenders into the endzone for two points to give Bryan County a 20-6 lead with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bryan County’s final score of the contest came with 3:14 left in the 4th quarter when Bostick, who led the Redskins' rushing attack with 15 carries for 117 yards, scored a much deserved touchdown from 1 yard out to seal the 26-6 victory by the Redskins'.
 The Redskins' offense pounded out 285 yards of rushing led by Bostick’s 117 yards. Walker had 80, McElroy finished with 60 and Mutcherson added 28 yards
This Friday the Redskins will travel to Claxton for another region game, before being back home for Homecoming against Calvary on Nov. 9.
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