Bryan County’s offense struggled for most of the first half of Thursday’s preseason scrimmage, but one play turned things around.
Senior Dominique Mock broke loose for a 41-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the first half, sparking BCHS to a 14-3 win over Savannah Country Day at Redskins Stadium.
Junior Markez Bostick added a 25-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter on the varsity’s final possession of the game. The two teams’ junior-varsity squads played the fourth quarter.
First-year BCHS head coach Allen Cartwright said the Redskins performed “about how we expected.” With a number of players seeing their first varsity game action, Bryan County made several mistakes early before settling down and playing better in the second and third quarters.
“Overall, we have a lot of work to do, but we knew that was going to be the case,” Cartwright said. “I’m just happy that we were able to look like we steadily improved throughout the game.”
Bostick led the Redskins with 62 yards rushing on nine carries. Mock gained 54 yards on just four carries, junior Kimonti Murray added 48 yards on three carries and sophomore YaDevrn Eason rushed eight times for 35 yards.
Mock’s touchdown capped a four-play, 55-yard drive following a Country Day punt. Prior to that, the Redskins had mustered only 44 yards of offense.
On his second carry of the night, Mock ran a sweep to the right, raced down the sideline and broke a tackle near the goal line for the game’s first touchdown. Junior Christian Thomas tacked on the extra point to put the Redskins up 7-3 with 51 seconds left in the first half.
“It gave us a spark,” Cartwright said of Mock’s touchdown. “After that, we settled down and we were able to string together drives, and the defense even started looking faster to the football.”
After the teams traded punts to open the second half, the Redskins marched 68 yards in five plays for their second touchdown. Murray’s 32-yard run on third-and-3 set up BCHS at Savannah Country Day’s 24-yard line.
Two plays later, Bostick bulldozed his way to the end zone, breaking tackles and shaking off defenders. Thomas’ extra point made the score 14-3 with 37 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
While the Redskins had a balanced rushing attack, they struggled in the passing game. Sophomore quarterback Gage Hagan completed 1 of 6 passes for 15 yards with an interception, with Bostick the recipient of the lone completion.
BCHS has one more week of preseason practice. The Redskins open the season at home against Metter next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“We have a lot of things to work out,” Cartwright said. “It’s all going to boil down to how hard the kids come and work next week.”