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Road to 3A-D1 championship runs through Metter
BCHS Redskins

Everything, Bryan County Coach Cherard Freeman said, goes through Metter. And that’s where the Redskins will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they open Region 3-D1 play against the Tigers who will be opening defense of the region championship which they have claimed the last three years. “Our goal this year was to win the region championship,” Freeman said. “Metter has won it the last three years. If we’re going to win it we’ve got to beat Metter.” The Tigers (2-4) were open last week but first year coach Lee Shaw’s team picked up an impressive win before its break when it beat Irwin County, 20-14.

Bryan County will be looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to Metter, it’s last win over the Tigers coming in 2013. Metter leads the series, 29-6. Tanner Ennis scored three touchdowns and younger brother Cooper kicked six extra points to pace the win over Montgomery County which was played before a standing room only Homecoming crowd. Despite the lopsided win Freeman felt there were stretches in the game where the Redskins left a lot to be desired. “We’ve got to go back and watch the film but we’re still making some mistakes,” Freeman said. “We’ve got to get it figured out. I know it sounds kind of stupid after winning 42-0 but it’s kind of frustrating.

“I can’t put my finger on it right now but we tailed off. Some times we come out and just get flat real quick. Me and we as a coaching staff have got to do a better job of keeping them up. We kind of lost our fight there a little bit and gave them hope.” Playing only its second home game of the season Bryan County wasted little time in taking charge of the game. On the Redskins’ very first play of the game after the defense forced a three-and- out off the opening kickoff quarterback Sean Kelly Hill found a wide-open Ennis for a 38-yard touchdown 70 seconds into the game.

It was the first of two touchdown receptions for Ennis who added a 48-yard scoring run. It was Bryan County’s school record third shutout of the season. Four other Redskins teams had blanked opponents twice in a season including last year’s squad.

Three plays after Ennis scored Erin Greene, one of 21 seniors introduced before the game, picked off an Eagles pass and then scored on a 6-yard run. It was the first of two touchdowns for Greene who had a 41-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Austin Clemons made it 21-0 with 3:26 left in the first quarter when he scored his 11th touchdown of the season on a 35-yard run to cap a five-play 69-yard drive on which he carried the ball four times for 65 yards.

Clemons, the Class A-DI rushing leader and fourth-leading rusher in the state in all classes going into the game, finished the night with 144 yards upping his season total to 989. Greene added 63 yards and Ennis had 48 on his lone carry as Bryan County ran for 308 yards.

Hill finished the night completing four-of-seven passes for 86 yards and the two touchdown passes to Ennis.

Following Clemons’ score the offense went into a lull until Hill and Ennis teamed up on a 12-yard score with 11 seconds left in the half.

Bryan County took the second half kickoff and went 71 yards on five plays. Clemons picked up 38 yards on four carries before Greene started left, cut back to his right and went the distance unscathed as the offensive line had sealed off that side of the field.

On their next possession the Redskins went 89 yards following a Clemons interception. With Clemons as his lead blocker Ennis swept right end and was gone leaving a trail of Eagles in his wake. His score came with 1:01 left in the third quarter and assured a running clock in the fourth.

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