ALLENDALE -- The top-five Class 2A state-ranked Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raiders scored on their first five possessions Friday night to take a dominating 37-0 win over the Allendale-Fairfax Tigers and claim their second consecutive Region 5-2A title.
The Raiders (9-1,5-0) experienced no letdown coming off a 21-0 victory over Barnwel last week. And the top-ranked B-E defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season.
The Tigers saw their record fall to 1-10, 0-5.
After the game, B-E head football coach Kevin Crosby congratulated his team for its hard work this season, but he said it is time to start looking forward to the playoff season.
"Congratulations to these young men. They put in a lot of hard work, time and effort into this. But we've got to put all this behind us and get ready for the playoffs because it’s a new season," Crosby said. "Everybody starts out 0-0 and the thing is, if you go 0-1, you don't get a chance to go 1-1. So we've got to take every game like its 0-0 right now and try to be 1-0 after each game."
Crosby said it’s that time of year when the team needs the support of the fans to take advantage of the home field the Red Raiders worked hard to earn. “So we commend these guys for this win tonight, but there are still some things we have to work on and clean up for next week. So we'll start getting ready on Sunday."
The Red Raiders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. With 9:51 showing in the first quarter, B-E's James Gainyard's 20-yard touchdown run capped a 60-yard drive, making it 7-0 after Hunter Bridges-Kinard’s PAT was good.
After a short Allendale-Fairfax punt, B-E quarterback A.J. Willams scored from 40 yards out on a quarterback keeper, making the score 13-0 with 6:20 left in the first quarter. Williams took up where he left off last week against Barnwell, scoring again from 17 yards out with 1:24 left in the game and making the score 20-0 B-E after Bridges-Kinard’s PAT was good again.
At the start of the second quarter, Jerrald Manigault's punt return from midfield with 10:59 left in the first half made the score 27-0 B-E as Bridges-Kinard again added the PAT.
On the Tigers’ next punt, B-E's Reece Zeigler returned the ball to the A-F 12. B-E's KeSean Brown's six-yard touchdown run with 7:13 left in the second quarter made the score 34-0 B-E to end the first half.
In the second half with a running clock, the Red Raiders’ final points came on a 38-yard Hunter Bridges-Kinard field goal, making the final score 37-0 B-E.
After last week's win over Barnwell, Crosby said he warned his team about having a letdown against the Tigers.
“This could've been another one of those trap games. If you don't come out and play, you'll find yourself in a dogfight," he said. "They (Allendale-Fairfax) are going through some things, but they're going to come out and fight. I commend those guys for staying together and finishing the season out.
“But I just told our guys we've got to take it to them early and not get into a dogfight down here and I thought they responded.”
The Red Raiders now wait to find out their opponent in the lower state playoffs.