2011-10-05 / Sports

Bears rout Spartans to start region

Sophomore Brandell Little rushed for 55 yards. Sophomore Brandell Little rushed for 55 yards. By Anne Marie Kyzer annemariek@thetruecitizen.com

For the second straight week, the Bears put away a win that seemed way too easy.

Burke County High School’s football team (4-1) defeated Glenn Hills 62-6 last Friday night, giving the Bears a win to kick off their Region 3-AAA South schedule.

“We got out there and did what we needed to do,” Bears Head Coach Eric Parker said. “It’s always big to get that first region win. Every win we get now is huge for getting in the playoffs and gaining home field advantage.”

The Bears didn’t take long to put the game out of reach, with 43 points on the board just 2 seconds into the second quarter.

Shortly after, Coach Parker was already sending in the underclassmen and giving his junior varsity squad some experience under the lights.

Sophomore Reginald Grubbs carried the ball for 2 touchdowns. Sophomore Reginald Grubbs carried the ball for 2 touchdowns. Orlando “Dre” Howard struck first for the Bears, scoring on a 26-yard carry just a minute and a half into the game. Quarterback Corey Mayton, running back Montres Kitchens and sophomore running back Reginald Grubbs were in on two touchdowns each. Kitchens pushed his way across the goal line once and then carried the ball 20 yards for his second score. Mayton completed a 32- yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Baxley and later scored on a 5-yard keeper.

Grubbs tacked on a touchdown late in the first on a 9-yard carry and then pushed his way into the end zone again from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Tom Ellison’s interception and 50-yard return added 6 more points in the third. Antwan Walker also scored on a 3-yard carry.

Sophomore Donquell Green led the Bears rushing, gaining 80 yards on 9 carries. Howard picked up 60 yards on 4 carries, and sophomore Brandell Little rushed for 55 yards.

Sophomore kicker Untorrey Thomas was 6 for 6 kicking PATs for the night, but he sprained his MCL in the second quarter and sat out the rest of the game. He may not play this Friday as a precautionary measure but is expected to return.

In all, the Bears totaled 394 yards offense to the Spartans’ net of 95 yards. Burke County picked up 19 first downs while Glenn Hills struggled with 4.

Defensively, the Bears were led by Green, Jessie Bush, Devonte Lambert, Aldrick Kittles and Derwin Butler.

Despite outscoring their opponents 125-6 over the past two weeks, Coach Parker said the Bears still have plenty of room for improvement. Each week, the team looks to meet dozens of goals that go beyond scoring the most points, such as eliminating interceptions, denying opponents’ yardage and avoiding penalties.

“It’s not just about winning the ballgame, it’s about doing the things we need to do well,” Coach Parker said. “The big thing is that we just need to stay sharp … the big games are coming.”


How other teams across Region 3-AAA South fared last Friday night:

 Butler (1-0, 5-0) defeated Cross Creek (0-1, 2-3) 44-6

 Washington Co. (1-0, 3-2) defeated Hephzibah (0-1, 0-5) 41-0

In Region 3-AAA North, Thomson (1-0, 5-0) still holds down the top spot after defeating Richmond Academy 61-7 last week. Grovetown (1-0, 4-1) is ranked second and defeated Harlem 36-0 last Friday.

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