Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Bamberg-Ehrhardt football team didn’t just halt one streak when the Red Raiders defeated host Bishop England, 27-20, in the quarterfinal round of the 2A Division II state playoffs this past Friday night.
The Battling Bishops, winners of the past two state titles, were also riding a nine-game winning streak this season and had won nine consecutive playoff games.
It was also the first time in school history that Bamberg-Ehrhardt (7-5) took down the Bishops -- a series that dates back to 1945.
The Red Raiders outscored Bishop England 13-6 in the second half after playing even to halftime, earning a date with No. 1 seed Silver Bluff in the Lower State final on Friday.
Bishop England (9-3) was held to 103 total offensive yards after halftime. Red Raiders quarterback Sumner Cooler threw his second touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter for a 21-14 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Bishops senior tailback Nick Shiver, who finished with 130 yards on 11 carries, also scored his second touchdown to trim the deficit to 21-20 following a failed extra point attempt.
But, the botched attempt wouldn’t be the reason Bishop England’s season was cut short. The Red Raiders responded with a 15-yard score from running back Tyrell Wilson with 5:15 remaining.
Bishop England nearly pulled even, but senior quarterback Reed Fosberry’s 13th and final pass attempt of the game was incomplete in the end zone with 1:27 left.
Fosberry completed eight passes for 70 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown toss to fellow senior David Hull to open the game. From there, scoring between the two B-Es alternated before Bamberg-Ehrhardt held Bishop England to a scoreless third quarter, which proved to be the difference.
Defensively, Fosberry -- as a defensive back -- complemented an interception with six solo tackles and an assist. The interception was Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s only turnover. Younger brother Lawton Fosberry, playing linebacker, added five solo tackles and three assists.
The Fosberry brothers finished No. 1 and No. 2 on the team in total tackles. Lawton earned family bragging rights with 57 solo tackles, 20 assists, four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. Reed finishes his senior season with 50 solo tackles, 26 assists, five interceptions and one defensive touchdown.