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Bamberg-Ehrhardt aiming for return trip to Columbia

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Bamberg—A coaching change and a mass exodus to graduation figured to slow down Bamberg-Ehrhardt in 2018, but it hasn’t seemed to affect the team much at all.

The Red Raiders wrapped up the regular season with an 8-1 record and barely missed out on a region championship after losing a heartbreaker to rival Barnwell, 21-20.

“We played hard until the end and did some good things, but we also made some mistakes,” head coach Robert Williams said.

“They realize now what’s going to happen the next time they lose.  I won’t say it brought them back down, but it makes them see there are good teams out there and it’s going to be tough from here on out.”

Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s quest to reach another state final begins Friday when it hosts Hannah-Pamplico, a No. 3 seed that boasts an 8-2 record. 

A showdown with Gray Collegiate Academy would likely follow if the Red Raiders can overcome Hannah-Pamplico.

“We’ve watched them on tape and they’re a good football team.  They’re well-coached, can throw the ball around and run it, are good defensively.  Offensively they are a lot like Barnwell,” said Williams.  “We’re just going to do what we’ve done the previous nine games.  We’re going to line up and try to run the ball, and if they are able to stop that then we’ll throw it a little bit.  Defensively, we’re just going to have to be physical with them and try to slow down their passing game.”

Bamberg-Ehrhardt will rely on quarterback/defensive back AJ Williams to lead them to victory.  The three-year starter was recently selected to the Touchstone Energy Bowl North-South game and will play high final high school contest in Myrtle Beach before moving on to Middle Tennessee State.

“He’s just been a leader.  He’s just a good kid and everybody likes him,” Williams said.  “He’s going to work hard and do everything he has to to get better.”

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