Burke County rallies to beat Statesboro

Burke County 35, Statesboro 14

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — It was another Donquell Green show, but the supporting players are emerging.


After falling behind by two touchdowns, Green and No. 6 Burke County rallied to beat No. 2 Statesboro, 35-14, Friday night. Green rushed for 245 yards, but that was just part of the Bears’ 381-yard ground total.

“When (Green) gets tired, it’s our time to step up,” said Reginald Grubbs, who ran for 38 yards and a score.

Though the Blue Devils powered their way to a 14-0 lead, Burke County scored on its next three possessions, with the first drive going 95 yards.

Green was Burke County’s primary gainer, juking and speeding – even jumping – his way down the field. He needed only 13 carries to get more than 100 first-half rushing yards, and with Grubbs and Malik Lee assisting, the Bears had almost 200 rushing yards in the first half.

Burke County’s three second-quarter scores happened in just over seven minutes of action, with a Statesboro turnover on a mishandled short kickoff handing Burke County the opportunity to lead at halftime.

After Grubbs found the end zone for a 9-yard score in the third, Green delivered his third touchdown of the night.

At the Statesboro 47 in the fourth quarter, Green initially went to the right before going left to fool defenders for the long run that put him past the 200-yard mark in the game.

“He puts a lot of pressure on the defense because of the way he plays,” Burke County coach Eric Parker said.

Besides Green, three other players rushed for at least 30 yards. Untorrey Thomas also added 45 receiving yards.

On defense, the Bears toughened up against the run after Sherrodric Rawls and the other running backs did some damage early. Rawls finished with 78 yards, but 54 came in the opening half.

Before Burke County’s comeback, Statesboro was up 7-0 when it went to the air for a huge 36-yard touchdown pass to add another score.

The Bears then scored the next 35 points.

“Coach was walking on the sideline and he kept saying, ‘Keep your heads up. Keep your heads up ... it’s coming,’ ” Grubbs said.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Burke County’s Donquell Green changed direction to get by defenders on a 47-yard touchdown run that put the game away.

STAR OF THE GAME: Green rushed for 245 yards and passed for 97 yards.

WHY BURKE COUNTY WON: The Bears grew stronger as the game continued, turning a two-score disadvantage into a three-touchdown win.

WHY STATESBORO LOST: The Blue Devils couldn’t stop the Bears’ rushing attack.

NEXT: Butler at Statesboro, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Burke County at Cross Creek, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.




Statesboro 7 7 0 0 – 14

Burke County 0 21 6 8 – 35

First Quarter

S–Sherrodric Rawls 1 run (George Hill kick), 4:26

Second Quarter

S–Diquan Brunson 36 pass from Colin Chance (Hill kick), 11:51

BC–Malik Lee 9 run (Untorrey Thomas kick), 7:21

BC–Donquell Green 14 run (Thomas kick), 1:50

BC–Green 3 run (Thomas kick), 0:08

Third Quarter

BC–Reginald Grubbs 6 run (kick missed), 0:12

Fourth Quarter

BC–Green 47 run (run good), 6:06


First Downs1121
Passing Yards4597


RUSHING–Statesboro: Rawls 14-78, Dequan Daniels 12-41, Anthony Curtis 1-7, Chance 6-4, Brunson 2-4; Burke County: Donquell Green 27-245, Reginald Grubbs 6-38, Malik Lee 6-34, Donqual Young 6-31, Tom Ellison 5-22, Antonio Harold 4-11, Keenan Parker 1-2, Caleeb Roberson 1-(-2).

PASSING–Statesboro: Chance 3-5-0 45; Burke County: Green 6-11-0 97.

RECEIVING–Statesboro: Brunson 2-47, Daniels 1-(-2); Burke County: Thomas 2-45, Jermaine Baxley 2-22, Lee 1-17, Grubbs 1-13.