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Defense impressive for Bamberg-Ehrhardt

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Bamberg—Only one team managed to get the best of Bamberg-Ehrhardt last season. The Red Raiders overcame a loss to Batesburg-Leesville in the regular season to claim the region title, but fell to the rival Panthers in the third round of the playoffs to end their title hopes.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt got 2017 started the right way, defeating Woodland, 7-0, in a low scoring affair.

“We didn’t play well at all, but the kids fought hard and came out with the win,” head coach Butch Crosby said. “I didn’t think we had enough preparation. We didn’t get our jamboree in or any game-type scrimmages. Everything we had was like six plays and a drive. We’ve got some things we’ve got to clean up, but it’s still early. We’ve got time to work the kinks out.”

The defense was stellar for the Red Raiders, who only returned linebacker Nick Hughes, cornerback Jerrald Manigault and safety AJ Williams from a year ago.

Savion Butler and DeJuan Sease were the defensive ends with Kymari Bingley at nose guard. Javalas Folk, James Gainyard and Deszman Porter are alongside Hughes at linebacker while safety Dahlil Wilkins and cornerback Ja’Darius Wheeler round out the secondary.

“Defensively, I don’t think they ever threatened to score. The defense actually put us in some positive situations inside the red zone that we didn’t capitalize on,” Crosby said. “I wasn’t worried about those guys. A lot of them should have gotten playing time last year. I’ve seen them every day in practice and they didn’t surprise me. We’re pretty athletic on that side of the ball.”

 Offensively, Williams took over at quarterback with Wilkins and Gainyard getting carries at running back. KeSean Brown is another option running the ball but is battling an injury. Hughes is an H-back/tight end, and Manigault and Reece Zeigler are the receivers.

The offensive line is made up of Sease, Jamel Lawton, Brian Murdaugh, Savion Butler and Luke Harper.

On special teams, Hunter Bridges returns as the placekicker and Blaze Bunch continues to do the punting.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt will next host C.E. Murray on Aug. 25. The Red Raiders won last year’s matchup, 28-0.

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