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Brookland-Cayce Wins Region 5-AAAA Title With 21-0 Win Over Rival Airport

Brookland-Cayce Wins Region 5-AAAA Title With 21-0 Win Over Rival Airport

By Chris Dearing

Special Writer

Columbia--Brookland-Cayce has found the right time to be playing its best football.

The Bearcats extended their winning streak to six games and clinched the Region 5-AAAA championship with a dominating 21-0 victory over rival Airport Friday night. It’s just the third region title for Brookland-Cayce in at least the last 45 years.

The Bearcats held the Eagles to 110 yards of total offense and will receive a first-round bye in the Class AAAA playoffs. There will be no at-large team from Region 5 or 7 so the Bearcats will play again at home in two weeks.

“It’s hard to put into words. I know the kids are excited. I think it’s only our third region championship since integration. I know Brad Coleman got one and we got one a couple of years ago,” Brookland-Cayce coach Rusty Charpia said. “The score doesn’t reflect on how close the game was. It’s just special for the kids to have an opportunity to win a region championship and maybe move along in the playoffs and get some home games. I think Airport is going to win some games too.”

Airport finishes second in the region and will host Colleton County in a first-round game next Friday. Official brackets will be released Saturday morning.

“One good thing is we play here next Friday to try and redeem ourselves regardless who comes here,” Airport coach Kirk Burnette said. “As bad as we played tonight, we get one more chance to fix it. It’s been five weeks since we lost a football game and it doesn’t feel good but hopefully, we bounce back next week.”

Brookland-Cayce (7-3, 5-0) swept the season series against rival Airport (7-3, 4-1). This one was totally different from the 35-32 shootout the teams played two months ago. The Bearcats defense only allowed the Eagles into their territory four times with the deepest drive going to the 27.

Charpia said the performance of his defense has been the difference from the 1-3 start on the season. They’ve allowed seven points in the last three games and have given up an average of 11.3 points per game during the winning streak.

“We’ve gotten so much better on defense,” Charpia said. “That’s probably where we’ve made the biggest improvement. We had an opportunity during the off week to go back and look at what we were doing and maybe move some people around. The biggest thing is we got more physical in practice and the kids bought into it. We started simplifying things so people could play hard. It’s starting to pay off.”

That defense each of the three touchdowns. Dez Moore intercepted an errant pass to give B-C possession at the Airport 29-yard line. Five plays later, quarterback Peyton Whitten powered in from a yard out with 8:44 remaining in the first half.

It stayed that way into the third quarter when another Airport mishap led to a score. The Eagles faked a punt on a fourth-and-21 from their own 35 and came up two yards short. Three plays later, Deonte Baker raced 46 yards for the score with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter.

The final score came after a 24-yard drive when Airport’s punter had to go to a knee to field a snap. Whitten scored again from a yard out five plays later.

“We’ve won six in a row and I’m not sure anyone other than Newberry has scored more than two touchdowns. That’s a credit to our assistant coaches and players,” Charpia said.

Will Way led the Brookland-Cayce attack with 102 yards rushing Baker added 87 yards as the Bearcats only had 254 yards of total offense.

“They’re a lot more physical,” Airport coach Kirk Burnette said. “Scheme-wise, they haven’t changed a bit. They’re quicker to the ball than they were. They’re playing a lot better on both sides of the ball. I thought we played pretty good on defense. We had a few mishaps with the interception and a knee touches the ground but as far as offensively we couldn’t get anything going.”


BC           0              7              7              7              - 21

AIR         0              0              0              0              - 0


2nd Quarter

BC – Peyton Whitten 1 run (Eric Young kick) 8:44

3rd Quarter

 BC – Deonte Baker 46 run (Young kick) 4:25

4th Quarter

BC – Whitten 1 run (Young kick) 10:42


Rushing: BC: Will Way 18-102, Deonte Baker 7-87, Peyton Whitten 5-13, Devonte Strader 2-4, Latrell Jamison 1-40. Air: Nanders Lawrence 7-59, Bruce Staley 15-26, Markco Gilmore 7-8, Haden Rimer 2-5.  

Passing: BC: Whitten 2-4-0 8 yards. Air: Gilmore 7-14-1 12 yards.   

Receiving: BC: Way 1-1, Latrell Jamison 1-7. Air: Sa’Quan Washington 2-7, Lawrence 3-1, Staley 2-4.   


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