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Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

Red Raiders rebounding from unexpected loss

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Bamberg—Although the team is 4-1 at thae midway point of the season, things haven’t gone that smoothly for Bamberg-Ehrhardt.  The Red Raiders were stunned by Scott’s Branch on Homecoming, but head coach Butch Crosby feels they have made the necessary adjustments to compete for a region championship.

“You never want a loss, but at least we got it early and got a chance to evaluate some things.  The kids got a chance to see that you have to come out and play every night.  We were lackadaisical against Scott’s Branch and they were fired up, ready to play.  We got back to the grind against Edisto and hopefully we’ll be ready for the second half of the season,” Crosby said.

Offensively, AJ Williams has been steady at quarterback while a slew of players have shared carries at running back, including KeSean BrownDahlil WilkinsJavalas FolkJames GainyardTJ Inabinet and Shaquille McCaskell.

The offensive line was a work in progress early on, but the coaches have now settled on a starting five in Bryan MurdaughQuintell BrabhamJosh SearsonLuke Harper and Jamel Lawton.

“We were rotating a lot of bodies up front earlier in the year, but I think we’ve found five true starters.  We’re starting to play as a unit, and when keep the same five guys there, they can start to jell and get to know each other,” Crosby said.

The defense had to replace most of its starters from a season ago, but the unit has actually been better in 2017.  Crosby said they’re a faster, more physical group, led by senior linebacker Nick Hughes, who already has 60 tackles this fall.  De’Juan Sease and Se’veon Butler are other top tacklers.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt opens conference play with home games against Silver Bluff and Calhoun County before spending the final three weeks of the season on the road at Batesburg-LeesvilleBarnwell and Allendale-Fairfax, respectively.

“I think all the teams are about the same.  Not one team has really stood out over the others.  Barnwell is still undefeated, but they know what can happen in region play.  Our kids know there are going to be some close ballgames.  We’ve got to play four quarters and learn how to finish strong,” Crosby said.

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