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Bryan Co. wins defensive battle against SEB

    Bryan County’s Jeremy McClendon got the Redskins on top early by heaving a 43 yard touchdown pass. Another long pass set up Bryan County’s field goal. Bad snaps plagued the Redskins throughout the night and McClendon was able to prevent three turnovers by diving on loose balls.

Box Score
SEB    0    0    7    0 — 7
BCHS    7    3    0    0 — 10

First Quarter
BCHS_Johnson 43 pass from McClendon (Thomas kick). 3:17
Second Quarter
BCHS_Thomas 20 field goal. 5:03
Third Quarter
SEB_Davis 34 run (Cribbs kick). 2:25.

    SEB    BCHS
First downs    11    12
Total Yards    213    236
Rushes-yards    35-182    40-118
Passing    31    118
Comp-Att-Int    4-8-0    5-9-0
Turnovers    2    1
Penalties-Yards    4-25    10-70

RUSHING_SEB, Walker 16-91. BCHS, Smith. 17-76
PASSING_SEB, Wells 4-7-0-31. BCHS, McClendon 5-9-0-118
RECEIVING_SEB, Spaulding 3-24. BCHS, Johnson 2-65

Three keys to Bryan County's victory over SEB...
    Southeast Bulloch was able to mount a handful of solid plays, but Bryan County wouldn’t let the Jackets string them together. Until SEB’s final rally, the Jackets had just one drive that featured more than one first down.
    The Bryan County offense lost its scoring punch in the second half, but still played a big part in putting the game away. After receiving a punt early in the fourth quarter, the Redskins were able to burn 6:48 of clock before giving SEB its final possession.
    Main Redskins running threat Trey Smith got up slowly after the first play of the game. He ended up splitting carries with Dominique Mock. Mock stepped up, gaining 56 yards on 10 touches.

    PEMBROKE — In a battle of two teams searching for their first win of the season, it was Bryan County that came up with all of the big plays.
    The Redskins (1-2) built a 10-0 halftime lead before withstanding a second half charge by the Yellow Jackets (0-3) to notch a 10-7 win Thursday night.
    With 2:58 to play, SEB took possession on its own 4 and nearly pulled off the comeback.
    Quarterback Jaylan Wells connected on four of five passes – excluding spikes to stop the clock – to register all of his 31 passing yards for the night.
    As the clock ticked under 20 seconds and SEB crossed the Bryan County 40, Wells lost his helmet while trying to avoid a sack. With Wells forced to the sideline for the equipment mishap, backup Caleb Carter had to come in for the Jackets’ final play.
    Carter lofted a deep ball to the Redskins’ 5. Klayton Carter got a hand on it, but couldn’t get possession as the ball hit the turf and Bryan County sealed the win.
    “Caleb gave us an opportunity to win,” SEB coach Pat Collins said. “That’s all we can ask. All of our guys gave us that chance. We fought hard to get back in the game, but Bryan County is a good team and did enough to win the game.”
    Early on, it looked as if the Redskins might have a much easier night.   
    SEB held Bryan County on its opening drive and appeared to have another stop on the Redskins’ second possession before the first big play of the night.
    Facing 3rd-and-12 Jeremy McClendon dropped back to pass. A double-move by Marcus Johnson steered him behind the Yellow Jacket defense and he hauled in a 43 yard bomb to get the scoring started.
    The next time the Redskins touched the ball, Johnson again got behind the SEB secondary, covering 32 yards.
    “Overall, I thought our defense played well,” Collins said. “Bryan County has some good players that can make big plays. When they did, they were able to capitalize.”
    Bryan County gained a 1st-and-goal at the 4 before SEB was able to dig in and allow just a 30 yard field goal by Christian Thomas.
    SEB had a chance to answer before halftime, but Mike Davis fumbled at the Bryan County 30 while fighting for extra yardage at the end of a run.
    Both defenses held tough early in the second half before the Jackets got back into the game.
    On a drive that featured nearly as many plays (9) as they had run in the entire first half (11), the Jackets ground their way into Redskin territory. With the ball on the 34, Davis took an inside handoff and picked his way through the defensive front. Once he hit open field, winning the ensuing foot race was simple.
    “We changed up some things at halftime,” Collins said. “I felt like our guys responded well. We kept fighting and started to see some things go our way.”
    But that proved to be the only scoring play of the night for SEB. The Jackets went 3-and-out on their first possession of the fourth quarter and didn’t see the ball again until their last-gasp drive.
    Southeast Bulloch has one final non-region game next week as the Jackets host Dodge County. Following that, five sub-region games will determine whether or not SEB has a chance to play for a state playoff berth in the final week of the regular season.

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.