WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Antonio Harold stood on the field after the game, his head dry, his jersey mostly clean.
The Burke County senior scored two touchdowns but barely broke a sweat Friday night.
With their explosive offense, the Bears lit up Crisp County in a 61-19 victory in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
“I’m fine,” Harold said. “I hope they’re all like that.”
Burke County (8-2), the Region 3 champion, extended its winning streak to seven games. The Bears will play host to Mary Persons at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the second round.
Burke County’s offense has been on a roll lately, scoring 32 or more points the past seven games. The Bears wasted little time punching Crisp County in the kisser, opening with a five-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Burke County and its up-tempo offense scored touchdowns on its first four drives and led 28-0 early in the second quarter.
Harold rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries, while Jocquez Habersham rushed for 36 yards and scored three goal-line touchdowns. And senior superstar quarterback Donquell Green did his thing too, rushing for 159 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns, while
adding 65 yards passing and 15 yards receiving.
“It was important to get off to a fast start,” Bears coach Eric Parker said. “And a lot of people got touches. We’re at our best when we do that.”
Crisp County (6-5) got its passing game rolling in the second half, but the damage already was done. The Cordele, Ga., school, which rushed for just seven yards on 14 carries, went three and out on its first three drives before scoring late in the first half. Eddie Morgan hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Witt Campbell just before halftime to trim the deficit to 35-7.
Campbell lit up Burke County’s secondary for 331 yards on 24 of 41 passing. But the Bears also picked off two Campbell passes to prevent a pair of touchdowns.
“The bottom line is we wanted to take away their run,” Parker said. “We knew they could throw the ball, but not like that. But this is the time of year folks are going to make some plays on you and you just have to be able to withstand and counter. I thought our kids did a great job of that.”