BAMBERG -- Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School head football coach Kevin “Butch” Crosby recorded his 100th win as a head coach and his Red Raider football team took a 62-7 Region 5-AA win over the Calhoun County Saints on senior night at Leon Maxwell Stadium Friday night.
With the victory, the Red Raiders improved to 6-1,2-0 on the season. The Saints saw their record fall to 1-7, 0-2.
Crosby said his team avoided what could have been a trap game against the Saints, citing two big region contest on the horizon and the occasion of his 100th victory.
“Like I told them, 'Guys this is a trap game, we could come out and think about their record and not really think about playing this game and we’ll be in a dog fight.'
"But I just commend the guys, they came out and stayed focused and stayed the course. We just got to get ready and go to work next week. We’re getting into the heart of it (region season) with Batesburg and Barnwell and finish up with Allendale, so we’re on the road and need all our fans to support us and travel with us and give us the support these young men need.
"They work their butts off and see if we can continue this thing and make a round in the playoffs,” Crosby said.
On getting his 100th win, Crosby said, “It’s a blessing. We just commend those guys that have been in this program that contributed to 100 wins.
"A lot of times we thought we were down and out and people thought we lost a lot, but we found a way to win. It’s because of the kids and their hard work, it’s nothing that we or I’ve done.
"It’s all by the grace of God and the young men he’s blessed us to have in this program. I’m just thankful that God gave me this opportunity and I’m just enjoying the life and hope we can continue and try to win a state championship in Bamberg,” Crosby said.
Calhoun County acting head football coach Justin Farmer said a lack of numbers hurt his team.
”We just came kinda thin in numbers, but the good news is we got some coming back next week off injuries. We thought we could weather the storm and maybe perform a little better than we did tonight, but it is what it is. All we can do is go back to work on Monday just like we always do and try to get ready for Silver Bluff.”
The Red Raiders opened the scoring on a 40-yard field goal by Hunter Bridges with 6:56 to go in the first quarter. B-E’s Dahlil Wilkins' short touchdown run with 2:53 left in the first quarter made the score 10-0 B-E after Bridge’s PAT was good.
Jerrald Manigault’s 67-yard punt return with 1:04 left in the first quarter increased the B-E lead to 18-0 to end the period.
B-E’s KeSean Brown’s 50-yard touchdown run at the 10:31 mark of the second quarter increased the B-E lead to 23-0.
With 6:25 left in the second quarter, B-E senior James Gainyard’s seven yard touchdown run gave the home-standing Red Raiders an insurmountable 30-0 lead.
With third-and-goal from the 2-yard line, B-E’s Javalas Folk’s touchdown run made the score 37-0 B-E at the break.
In the second half, it was all Red Raiders as they opened with a scoring barrage. James Gainyard’s return of the opening second-half kickoff and a fumble recovery by senior linebacker returned for a touchdown increased the B-E cushion to 49-0.
In the third quarter and playing with a moving clock, Times and Democrat 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Nick Hughes’ pick six followed by an Imani Toomer pick six accounted for the Red Raiders' final points.
The Saints only score of the game came with less than a minute left in the game on a pass play, making the final score 62-7 B-E.