BAMBERG -- The Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raiders took a 30-0 Region 5-AA win over the Silver Bluff Bulldogs Friday night at Leon Maxwell Stadium.
The Red Raiders, in improving to 5-1 and 1-0, were led again by a rugged defense that recorded its fourth shutout of the season. The unit came into the game allowing just (2.6) points per outing and did nothing to take away from that average.
B-E even got two touchdowns via the air route, which is a rarity for the ground-oriented Red Raiders.
The offense averaging (17.6) points per game improved on the mark with its second 30-point performance of the season. Silver Bluff, which came into the game on a two-game winning streak, saw its season record fall to 3-3,0-1.
Despite the win, B-E head coach Kevin Crosby said his team still has room for improvement.
“We have goals that we set and we have to go in and see if we met the goals we set for the week,” Crosby said.
Crosby said the team is working toward goals. “That’s something we got to play for. We’ve got to play for a purpose.”
Crosby said his team came out and “played hard and played well.”
He said the team will go back and watch film and evaluate themselves and correct some things and get ready for Calhoun County next Friday night.
Crosby said his team “dominated up front on both sides of the ball.”
On the play of the B-E defense, Crosby said a goal of defensive coordinator Corey Crosby and the defensive staff is to get a “goose egg” each week.
Crosby said the youngest players on the B-E defense are stepping up.
“So I’m proud of those younger guys also for coming in on defense and preserving the goose egg,” Crosby said.
Silver Bluff second-year head coach Burton Able said B-E just beat his team up front.
“I told our guys not to make any excuses. B-E’s offensive and defensive lines beat our offensive and defensive lines and we turned the ball over five times. That didn’t help things.”
Able said he told his team before the game that he didn’t think they were ready to play.
“I just feel like we weren’t ready to play this game and it showed,” Able said. “B-E was ready, I could tell. Coach Crosby does a great job with them and my hats off to them. They did a really good job, and they just beat us up front smash-mouth football.”
The Red Raiders’ first points of the game came on a 35-yard field goal by Hunter Bridges, making the score 3-0 with 54.7 left in the first quarter. The field goal was set up by a Jerrald Manigault punt return to the Bulldogs 19-yard line.
Shaquille McCaskill’s recovery of a fumbled Silver Bluff punt on the Bulldogs’ 17-yard line led to a five-yard touchdown run by B-E’s KeSean Brown at the 5:15 mark of the second quarter, making the score 10-0. B-E after Hunter Bridges’ PAT.
Manigault’s interception of Silver Bluff pass at the B-E four-yard line left the score 10-0 B-E at the break.
In the second half, it was all Red Raiders. On the first possession, B-E quarterback A.J. Williams connected with tight end Blaze Bunch on a 75-yard pass, making the score 17-0 B-E at the 11:13 mark.
On their next possession, Williams connected with B-E wideout Reece Zeigler on a 50-yard pass play on fourth-and-four, making the score 24-0 B-E after Bridges’ PAT.
The Red Raiders’ final points of the game came with 1:44 left in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown run quarterback by A.J. Williams making the final score 30-0 B-E.