BAMBERG - Bamberg-Ehrhardt flexed its muscles as a No. 1 seed in playoffs, taking a 51-13 home win against Kingstree in a Class 2A first-round game on Friday at Leon Maxwell Stadium.
The Red Raiders (10-1 record) scored 37 first-half points on the No. 5-seeded Jaguars and never looked back.
The Red Raiders, who will play host to Latta in the second round of the playoffs next Friday night, ended Kingstree's season with a 2-8 record.
Though pleased that his team came away with the win, B-E head football coach Kevin "Butch" Crosby - named Class 2A Lower State Coach of the Year by the S.C. Football Coaches Association this week - said there are a number of things his team must clean up before next week's game against the visiting Vikings.
"Some of these penalties we had tonight (5 total), I'm disappointed in the way we reacted and responded to some of these things," Crosby said. "But those are the things we've got to get corrected.
"We've got to stay focused right now. Things like that are going to happen, which you have to be the better man and walk away from it. That's the biggest thing I've got a disappointment with, in that we didn't handle those penalties well."
Most of the penalties came later in the game, when the outcome was not in doubt.
The Red Raiders got on the scoreboard at the 8:52 mark of the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by Dahlil Wilkins, capping a 62-yard opening drive for a 6-0 B-E lead.
On their second possession, Red Raiders' quarterback A.J. Williams had a 35-yard touchdown run to make the score 13-0, after a Hunter Bridges-Kinard PAT was good.
With 15.3 seconds left in the first quarter, B-E running back James Gainyard's 10-yard touchdown run increased the lead to 20-0, after Bridges-Kinard tacked on another PAT.
In the second quarter, the Jaguars gained possession of the ball at the B-E 40-yard line and moved the ball to the B-E 20. But a sack by B-E defensive end KeSean Brown, followed by an interception by Ja'Darius Wheeler, ended the Jaguar threat.
With 4:03 left in the second quarter, B-E capped a 98-yard drive with a 35-yard field goal by Bridges-Kinard, making the score 23-0 in favor of the home team.
The Red Raiders' scoring barrage continued with 3:53 left in the second quarter, as B-E North-South selection and senior linebacker Nick Hughes recovered a fumble at the 35 of Kingstree, setting up a Williams to KeSean Brown touchdown pass across the middle for a 30-0 lead.
The Red Raiders' final points of the first half came with 1:07 left in the second quarter on a one-yard run by Williams, set up by a pass to tight end Blaze Bunch deep in Jaguar territory.
In the third quarter, the Red Raiders added two more scores. The first came on a 3-yard Wilkins touchdown run with 4:40 left in the quarter, making the score 44-0. The final came at the 9:54 mark on a 30-yard touchdown run by T.J. Inabinet, making it 51-0.
The Jaguars' points came at the end of the fourth quarter, with the B-E starters on the bench. Kingstree scored on a short touchdown run and on a B-E fumble, making the final score 51-13.
Coach Crosby said the plan now is to go 1-0 the next four weeks.
"We went 1-0 tonight and it goes back to 0-0 come next week," Crosby said. "Enjoy it tonight, tomorrow its over with. This game is over with, we have to get ready for Latta.
"They're going to come down here ready to play. We haven't played them in two years. They beat us once and we beat them. So right now, it's the rubber match."