2017-11-08 / Sports

Bears rout Rebels on Homecoming night

DAVID STEMBRIDGE


Junior running back Ja’wane Walker and junior wide receiver Christopher Singfield celebrate with senior running back Cameron Holmes, who received a 14-yard pass from senior quarterback Damari Kelly. Junior running back Ja’wane Walker and junior wide receiver Christopher Singfield celebrate with senior running back Cameron Holmes, who received a 14-yard pass from senior quarterback Damari Kelly. The Burke County Bears (10- 0, 5-0) celebrated Homecoming as they finished their regular season undefeated as GHSA 3-AAAA region champs on Friday night as they defeated Hephzibah by 35-0. This was the first undefeated regular season since 1991 under Tom Temple.

The Bears received the kickoff from Hephzibah and quickly carried the ball across the field in six plays. Senior quarterback Damari Kelly carried the ball the final 24 yards into the end zone scoring a touchdown for the Bears. Senior kicker Jeremy Tinley’s kick was good for a score of 7-0.

The Rebels were not able to make it halfway across the field before having to punt back. The Bears slowly worked across the field again, making it to the Rebels 2-yard line. Kelly scored another touchdown for the Bears and Tinley had another good kick for a score of 14-0.

Hephzibah couldn’t pick up a first down the next drive, and the Bears received the ball as the first quarter ended. On the return drive starting the second quarter, senior running back Jayln Odom took off for a 34-yard sprint and senior quarterback Bill Knight completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to junior offensive lineman Sheldon Lanier. Tinley had another good kick giving the Bears a score of 21-0.

There were no more scores through the rest of the second quarter.

The Rebels started out in the third quarter but were back by the Bears defense line. Burke received their punt and took it right back across the field and Odom made it into the end zone for Burke County, scoring another touchdown. Tinley’s attempt for a PAT was good. The score was 28-0.

With seconds left on the clock in the third quarter, junior running back Keith Walker intercepted a ball, and the Bears scored their final touchdown. Tinley had another good kick. The fourth quarter ended on running clock with a final score of 35-0.

BY THE NUMBERS

Burke County had a total of 420 yards compared to Hephzibah’s 129 yards, rushing for 282. They had 138 passing yards over Hephzibah’s 69. The Bears had 16 penalties for 135 yards, and the Rebels had 12 for 75 yards. The Bears had one turnover.

Passing

Bill Knight completed 8 of 11 passes for 109 yards and Juan’ya Dove completed 1 of 4 passes for 15 yards. Damari Kelly completed 1 of 1 passes for 14 yards.

Rushing

Juan’ya Dove had 9 carries for 86 yards; Leon Mcgee, 10 for 67 yards; Jayln Odom, 4 for 50 yards; Cameron Holmes, 3 for 29 yards; and Kelvin Hughes, 4 for 29 yards.

Receiving

Dallas Rogers caught 4 passes for 47 yards; Marcello Snelling, 1 for 27 yards; Clinton Rober- son, 1 for 21 yards; and Sheldon Lanier, 1 for 19 yards.

Defense

Tyreke Washington had 3 solo tackles and 3 assists; Ja’wane Walker, 4 solo and 1 assist; Jayln Odom, 4 solo; Myles Simon, 4 solo; and Chad Crumbley, 3 solo.

COACH’S CORNER

Comments from Head Coach Eric Parker

We were undefeated for the region and for the regular season, but now we gotta go in and round the troops up and try to get guys healthy and get ready to go into the playoffs next week. If we win round one, we’ll be at home for round two; having the home field advantage is great, now it comes down to what do we do with it.

UP NEXT

The Burke County Bears begin the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed competing against region 4-AAAA No. 4 seed Salem Seminoles of Conyers on Friday, Nov. 10, in the Bear Den. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Salem was 6-4 for their season and is coached by Jarrett Laws. This is the first time Burke County has played Salem. The winner will compete against the winner of the game against region 1 No. 1 seed Cairo and region 2 No. 3 seed Spalding.

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