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Bryan County favors matchup with Miller
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    This time, Bryan County isn’t just happy to be here.
    After making the state playoffs for the first time in school history last year, the Redskins (5-5) are back for their second consecutive trip to the field of 32.
    “It’s just another week of practice for us,” said BCHS coach Ron Lewis. “Instead of being really excited about going they’re more excited about the opportunity to advance than just to be there. They want to do something about it.”
    The Skins finished 5-5 and claimed a No. 4 seed last year before losing 33-16 in the first round at Turner County.
    This season Bryan has improved its standing. After starting 0-4, BC has won five of six and finished as Region 3-A’s third seed. The Redskins will travel to Colquitt to face Miller County clear across the state.
    The Pirates (6-4, 6-2 Region 1-A) are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2004 under first-year head coach Frank Killingsworth. Lewis feels the Skins’ running game matches up well with MCHS.
    “I don’t think they have anybody in that region that lines up and just goes at you,” he said. “And that’s basically what we do. Our region’s a little different than most. In this region we get some spread, we get some Wing-T and then us with the wishbone. I think it helps us prepare for everything.’
    Quarterback Jeremy Grant leads the Pirate offense, a balanced attack with zone blocking that could present problems for Bryan’s defensive front. On defense, Lewis called Miller, “big, fast and physical.”
    Led by running back Ivey Mutcherson, BCHS and the running Redskins face one of their longest bus rides of the season.
    “We just have to play our game,” said Lewis. “We can’t get all caught up in the atmosphere of the playoffs. We’ve won five of the last six because we haven’t turned the ball over and we’ve run the ball well. Our defense has improved over the last month, but a storm is going to happen at some point. We just have to be able to weather that storm.”
    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.