B-E Red Raiders crush Jaguars
Any whispers Kingstree High School might have had of a potential upset against Bamberg-Ehrhardt High were quickly shushed in the first quarter of Friday’s opening round playoff game.
The Red Raiders scored practically at will, erupting for three first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 51-13 thumping of the Jaguars.
The game was never in doubt as the Red Raiders dominated the Jaguars from the opening kickoff.
The Red Raiders more than tripled the Jaguars yards-wise (430-to-90) and had over twice as many first downs.
With the win, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High advances to the second round of the playoffs where they will play at home Friday against Latta High.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt High coach Corey Crosby said despite a few hiccups the team played pretty well.
“This was a good team win, but we have a few things we need to clean up before the next game,” Crosby said. “I’m a little disappointed with the mistakes and penalties we committed tonight.”
Dahlil Wilkins set the tone for the Red Raiders’ offense on their first possession when he capped the 62-yard march with a 20-yard run.
After a three-and-out series by the defense, the Red Raiders were back on offense with 6:29 left in the opening quarter.
This time, quarterback A. J. Williams found some running room on the left side and scampered 35 yards to play dirt. Hunter Bridges-Kinard kicked the point after for a 13-0 lead.
With under a minute left in the opening quarter, the Red Raiders’ offense was back in business thanks to a 43-yard punt return by Reece Zeigler.
Moments later, the Red Raiders were on the scoreboard again on a 10-yard run by James Gainyard. Bridges-Kinard added the kick.
Trailing 20-0, the Jaguars tried to get back into the game. The Jaguars had success initially on the drive as they drove inside the Red Raiders’ 40-yard-line.
The scoring threat, however, ended moments later with an interception by Ja’Darius Wheeler of the Red Raiders at the two-yard-line.
Backed up deep in their territory, the Red Raiders leaned on their rushing game and Kesean Brown and Kahlil Wilkins answered with first down runs. The Red Raiders drove to the Jaguars’ 18-yard-line before the nine-play drive stalled on fourth down. That’s when Bridges-Kinard came on and nailed a 35-yard field goal to extend the lead to 23-0.
Moments later, the Red Raider offense was back in business after Nick Hughes recovered a fumble deep in Jaguars’ territory.
It didn’t take long for the Red Raiders to convert the turnover into points. A.J. Williams fired a 35-yard touchdown pass to KeSean Brown for a 30-0 advantage.
The Red Raiders would then get on the scoreboard once more before halftime. After A.J. Williams connected with Blaze Bunce on a 31-yard pass play, he scored two plays later on a one-yard run.
It was more of the same domination by the Red Raiders in the second half as the team hit pay dirt two more times with Wilkins and T.J. Inabinet hitting pay dirt to close out the team scoring.