WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Burke County was given all it could handle until power and depth played in its favor Friday night.
The Bears withstood a tough and wild test from upset-minded Washington County by using their size, strength and depth to beat the Golden Hawks 42-17 in the Bear Den.
After trailing entering the second half, No. 9 Burke County (3-0) played with a renewed enthusiasm down the stretch by scoring 33 unanswered points to take the lead and keep it the rest of the way in a meeting of two proud programs.
Burke County’s depth and strength on the lines wore down Washington County (0-2) when it mattered most. The Golden Hawks struggled to keep up with the Bears’ power spread offense, while their own offense failed to generate yardage in the final two quarters.
Burke County, a Class AAAA school, won for the fifth time in the past six matchups and moved to 8-5 all-time against Washington County, a Class AA program.
Evidence of the Bears’ dominance on the lines down the stretch showed in the final numbers as they totaled 568 rushing yards on 65 attempts. Three players surpassed 100 yards on the ground, led by Bill Knight’s 186 and three scores.
Cameron Holmes added 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, while Leon McGee had 113 yards on 10 rushes.
The Golden Hawks held a 10-9 halftime advantage by matching field goals and answering a Burke County touchdown with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jake Helton to Dyquan Bloodsaw.
The second half began on a positive note for Washington County when Bloodsaw returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a score and 17-9 lead. Burke County responded with a long, hard drive on the ground capped by a one-yard Knight touchdown run to get within two.
Holmes scored on a 14-yard run at 2:43 in the third for Burke County’s first lead since the first quarter. The Bears didn’t look back, with Knight breaking a 53-yard score to end the third quarter and Holmes breaking a 59-yard run early in the fourth. Knight capped the scoring on a 12-yard run with 6:05 left.
Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216 or email@example.com.