2018-10-10 / Sports

Bears dominate on Homecoming night

Keith Walker tries to stop a Razorback ball carrier Keith Walker tries to stop a Razorback ball carrier One game into Region 3-AAAA play and the Burke County Bears are right where they need to be after defeating Cross Creek last Friday 41-7 in front of a standing-room only Homecoming crowd in the Bear Den.

“We got off to a good start,” head coach Eric Parker said, “We’re playing better now than we were back in the beginning [of the season]. As I told the kids today, ‘We’re in the best position we can be in right now, it’s up to us to maintain it.’”

The Bears will try to hold on to that winning position as they face Richmond Academy (ARC) this Friday, October 12, in the Bear Den for the last home game of the regular season.

ARC was an undefeated 6-0 before falling to Baldwin County in overtime last week 28-21. The Musketeers haven’t played the most difficult schedule up to this point but Parker says this team is much improved over last year’s ARC that finished fourth in Region 3 play.

“Watching them on film, they’re pretty good. They are legitimate. We’ll need to play well,” he said.

The Bears racked up 448 yards of total offense with 298 on the ground. BC finally broke the 100-yard passing mark for the first time this season with 150 yards thru the air.

Junior starting quarterback, Juan’ya Dove, had 112 passing yards himself, going 4 for 8 with 3 touchdowns. Junior Michael Johnson was 2 of 4 attempts for 38 yards.

Starting running back Leon McGee continued to carry the bulk of the workload on the ground, falling just short of his own 100-yard rushing mark. McGee had 91 yards on 8 carries with 2 touchdowns.

The Bears would get their first score on their second possession of the night with a screen pass from Dove to McGee. The junior would go 46 yards for the score and sophomore Jacob Hickman’s kick would put the Bears on the board 7-0.

Cross Creek would go three and out on their ensuing possession. A bad snap on the punt from their own 22 would go into the end zone but the punter would barely get the kick away with senior Chad Crumbley in his face.

A good return on that bad kick combined with an ARC penalty on the next play set up a Burke County first and ten on the Razorbacks’ 11. Two plays later, Dove would connect with starting nose-tackle and sometimes tight end, Ja'michael Dukes, on an 8-yard reception in the end zone. Hickman’s kick put Burke County up 14-0 with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.

McGee would score his second touchdown of the night early in the second quarter from the Razorbacks’ 21. The successful point after would stretch BC’s lead to 28-0 going into halftime.

Cross Creek would show some of that speed and agility Parker had warned his team about on their second possession of the third quarter. Senior Terrance McKenzie would go 65-yards on the first play to put the Razorbacks on the board. Their point after would make it 28-7.

Burke County would respond on their next drive, scoring on a 25-yard pass from Dove to senior wide receiver Jeron Patterson. BC’s kick was no good but the Bears would extend their lead to 34-7.

A three-and-out drive by Cross Creek on their next possession would give the Bears excellent field position, beginning on the Razorbacks’ 38. Sophomore Keon Flemming would score two plays later on a 17-yard run. Hickman’s kick would put the Bears up for the final score of 41-7 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.

A running clock and a slew of young players trying to gain valuable experience would keep the final quarter scoreless for Burke County.

Dukes was selected as the Player of the Game. Besides his first quarter touchdown reception, he was credited with 4 tackles, 1 assist, 1 sack and 2 tackles for a loss.

Friday’s ARC game will be Burke County’s Senior Night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Bear Den.

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