The Redskin football team will make a five hour trip on Friday as they face Miller County High School, located near the Alabama line, on their home turf in the first round of the state playoffs.
Although the team made a state appearance last year, it was the first time ever that BCHS had gone that far with the football program. They came close in 1991 and 1986 by making it to the region playoffs.
To make it to state two years running is all the more amazing when you factor in the large number of players that have suffered injuries this season.
Head coach Ron Lewis said this year is a little bit different than last season.
"Last year we set a goal to make it to state," he said. "This year, we set a goal to do something once we get there. We seem to be on target."
The Redskins, who were questionable at the beginning of the season, have drastically improved.
They have won five of their last six games to claim a third place finish.
"I’m very proud of this team," Lewis said. "They’ve come a long way. We’ve had some injuries and some close losses early on, but our defense has greatly improved and our offense has remained steady."
Lewis said it is truly a team effort. "There’s no single star on this team," he said. "The kids play very well together to where they truly compliment each other and make a winning combination. For example, look at what the offensive trio of Ivey Mutcherson, Deandre Walker and Justin Bostick has done. They’ve gained over 400 yards in the last three ball games alone."
Lewis described Friday’s opponent, Miller County, as "strong, fast and physical – probably best defensive front out there besides ECI."
Lewis is nonetheless confident his team can win. "I feel we have a good shot at it," he said. "The kids have confidence, and it’s a good match-up for us. It’s up to us how far we go in the playoffs. The biggest obstacle for us will be travel. That’s the problem you face when you’re on this end of the state. Virtually none of the teams are close to here."
If the Redskins win Friday, they will advance to play the winner of the Chattahoochee-Wilcox game.
If Chattahoochee wins, the Redskins will play the next round at home. If Wilcox wins, Bryan Conty will have to travel three hours to Rochelle.